Friday, November 14, 2014

Article Number: 989

SUBJECT: Roswell Testimony FILE: UFO114


5.3 Walter Haut

[Second Lieutenant Walter Haut was a public information

officer at Roswell AAF in 1947. Colonel Blanchard ordered

Haut to issue a press release telling the country that the

Army had found a flying saucer. Here is the text of Haut's

press release.]

The many rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality

yesterday when the Intelligence office of the 509th Bomb

Group of the Eighth Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was

fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc through the

cooperation of one of the local ranchers and the sheriff's

office of Chaves County.

The flying object landed on a ranch near Roswell sometime

last week. Not having phone facilities, the rancher stored

the disc until such time as he was able to contact the

sheriff's office, who in turn notified Maj. Jesse A. Marcel

of the 509th Bomb Group Intelligence Office.

Action was immediately taken and the disc was picked up at

the rancher's home. It was inspected at Roswell Army Air

Field and subsequently loaned by Major Marcel to higher


[Here is what Haut said on the American television program

"Unsolved Mysteries".]

I took the release into town. And that was one of the

things that Colonel Blanchard told me to do, take it into

town, because if there was any validity to this, he didn't

want the news media to feel that we had jumped over their

heads and were not cooperating with them.

[Here is what Haut said in an interview for an article in

"Air and Space/Smithsonian" magazine, Sep-Oct 1992, when

asked what he thought really happened back in 1947.]

I feel there was a crash of an extra-terrestrial vehicle

near Corona.

5.4 Bill Rickett

[Bill Rickett was a Counter Intelligence Corps officer based

in Roswell. He had an opportunity to examine some of the

wreckage recovered from the Foster Ranch. He escorted Dr

Lincoln LaPaz, a meteor expert from the New Mexico Institute

of Meteoritics, on a tour of the crash site and the

surrounding area.]

[The material] was very strong and very light. You could

bend it but couldn't crease it. As far as I know, no one

ever figured out what it was made of....

It was LaPaz's job to try to find out what the speed and

trajectory of the thing was. LaPaz was a world-renowned

expert on trajectories of objects in the sky, especially

meteors, and I was told to give him all the help I could.

At one point LaPaz interviewed the farmer [Mac Brazel]. I

remember something coming up during their conversation about

this fellow thinking that some of his animals had acted

strangely after this thing happened. Dr LaPaz seemed very

interested in this for some reason.

LaPaz wanted to fly over the area, and this was arranged.

He found one other spot where he felt this thing had touched

down and then taken off again. The sand at this spot had

been turned into a glass-like substance. We collected a

boxful of samples of this material. As I recall, there were

some metal samples here, too, of that same sort of thin foil

stuff. LaPaz sent this box off somewhere for study; I don't

know or recall where, but I never saw it again. This place

was some miles from the other one.

LaPaz was very good at talking to people, especially some of

the local ranch hands who didn't speak a lot of English.

LaPaz spoke Spanish. I remember he found a couple of people

who had seen two -- I don't know what to call them, UFOs I

suppose -- anyway, had seen two of these things fly over

very slowly at a very low altitude on a date, in the

evening, that he determined had been a day or two after the

other one had blown up. These people said something about

animals being affected, too....

Before he went back to Albuquerque, he told me that he was

certain that this thing had gotten into trouble, that it had

touched down for repairs, taken off again, and then

exploded. He also felt certain there were more than one of

these devices, and that the others had been looking for it.

At least that's what he said. He was positive the thing had


The Air Force's explanation that it was a balloon was

totally untrue. It was not a balloon. I never did know for

sure what its purpose was, but it wasn't ours. I remember

speculating with LaPaz that it might have been some higher

civilization checking on us. LaPaz wasn't against the idea,

but he was going to leave speculations out of his report.

End of part 10


* THE U.F.O. BBS - *


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