by Michael Lauck
Headline edition, July 8th, 1947. The Army Air Forces has announced that a flying disk has been found and is now in possession of the Army. Army officers say the missile, found sometime last week, has been inspected in Roswell, New Mexico and has been sent to Wright Field, Ohio for further inspection….
This news bulletin was not from a movie or a vintage sci-fi radio show. It was an actual ABC broadcast passing along information from a press release issued by officers of the US Army only a couple of weeks after the news of the Kenneth Arnold sighting. The local Roswell paper also mentioned that a local couple had recently seen an unknown flying disk. Soon after the initial report, though, this story was retracted and it was announced that it was not a mysterious flying disk that had been found but merely a weather balloon. The only airfield in the world trusted with atomic bombs was staffed with officers that could not identify mundane weather balloon debris, even though weather balloons were in common use in the area. The report was soon forgotten. Read more
Andy Fleming about our magnetosphere and guest Jesse Marcel, III talks about his father’s and grandfather’s involvement with the Roswell Crash, and how it changed all of their lives as well as what Roswell means today.
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by Michael Lauck
Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr., the son of Army intelligence officer and Roswell witness Major Jesse Marcel, passed away on Saturday, August 24 of an apparent heart attack. He was 76 years old. Although he was a doctor and not a UFO researcher, Marcel was an advocate for his father’s story of the UFO crash at Roswell and claimed to have seen some of the wreckage himself. In 2008 he co-wrote The Roswell Legacy with his wife Linda.
As a child, Jesse Marcel Jr. was an avid model builder and radio hobbyist. His father was a HAM radio operator and in interviews years later the younger Marcel could still recite his father’s call letters. On July 7, 1947 both men’s live when change drastically when Major Marcel was ordered to investigate a debris field reported by Mac Brazel to Sheriff George Wilcox. Major Marcel and another army officer collected debris that they felt did not come from any conventional aircraft or weather balloon. On his way back to the Roswell Army Air Field from the crash site, which was several miles away, the major made a fateful decision. Excited by the discovery, he decided to stop by his home despite the late hour.
by Michael Lauck
On June 24, 1947 civilian pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing a formation of strange craft over the Cascade Mountains. Not only did he see nine craft of a strange design unlike any conventional aircraft he was able to calculate an estimate of their incredible velocity by timing them as they flew between specific mountains. He reported the sighting, which was picked up by national news services and soon entire country was buzzing about “flying saucers,” a popular term that derived from a misquote of Arnold’s description of the craft. Today Arnold’s sighting, which slightly pre-dates the Roswell Incident, is used by many to mark the beginning of the modern UFO era. Arnold was also involved in the original investigation of the Maury Island Incident which also took place in June of 1947.
Kenneth Arnold: The Man