Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Rumours of a UFO crash

It was about this date that strange rumours began to spread among newspapermen and others investigating the mysterious objects. It was reported that one, two or more of the flying saucers had crashed somewhere in the southwestern USA. The wreckage had, it was said, been impounded by the US Air Force and a tight blanket of secrecy imposed on the whole affair.

On 22 March the story came to the attention of the FBI when Guy Hottel, an officer in Washington DC sent in a report based on a conversation with a senior USAF officer. The report runs “An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centres, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of humans shape, but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. The saucers were found in New Mexico due to the fact that the government has a very high-powered radar set-up in that area and it is believed the radar interferes with the controlling mechanism of the saucers.” The FBI took no action on the report. Perhaps the senior officials thought it was all nonsense - or perhaps they knew something of what lay behind the report and did not need to follow it up.

As the story developed it had, by 1950, assumed a definitive form. Two saucers had crashed somewhere in Arizona or New Mexico. Inside the craft had been found the dead bodies of several humanoids about three feet tall. The creatures were undamaged and did not appear to have been killed by the forces of impact, fire or other causes normal to an air crash. The figures had all been dressed identically in what seemed to be a uniform of some kind. The speculation was that the craft had come down by accident, and the crews then died as a result of some natural contamination. It was generally speculated that the “little men from Venus” had died as a result of an infection or due to an inability to breath Earth’s atmosphere. The US Air Force, it was said, had hushed the story up so that they could educate the public gradually to the existence of extraterrestrials visiting Earth.

The story was not, as a rule, taken very seriously. Donald Keyhoe declared “The story has all the earmarks of a well-thought-out hoax” and refused to spend time looking into it.

As we shall see later in this book, the story might have actually had more to it than Keyhoe and others at the time believed.


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