Friday, November 14, 2014

Article Number: 989


SUBJECT: Roswell Testimony FILE: UFO114





PART 10





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



headquarters.



[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



malfunctioned.



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







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