Cover Up Begins
Newton (above) was later brought in and told by General Ramey to
identify the debris as a "weather balloon" for the press corp.
courtesy Fort Worth Star-Telegram Photograph Collection,
Special Collections Division, The University of Texas at Arlington
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incidents occurred between 3:00 and 5:00
p.m. on Tuesday July 8, 1947.
Roger Ramey announces that "the
flying disc has been sent to Wright-Patterson Air Base in Ohio."
McMullen calls Colonel DuBose from Washington. He
Dubose to tell Ramey to send some of the debris to Washington
immediately and to make up a
story "to get the press off our backs," and also to stop talking
about a crashed saucer. Dubose recalls McMullen saying, "Do you
me, Colonel?" Dubose replied, "Yes, Sir!"
Major Jesse Marcel
learns that he will transport the debris
on a specially prepared B-29 airplane heading for Fort Worth Army Air
Marcel describes the load of debris as "half a B-29 full." (Note:
There was no weather balloon ever made that can fill half of a B-29
Meanwhile, back at the debris field, army personnel are continuing to
wheelbarrows with debris and load it on to trucks. Around 5:00 p.m. the
Pentagon calls Roswell Army Air Base and orders a halt to all press
About 5:30 p.m., two
hours after Jesse Marcel left
General Ramey' s office, Ramey summoned a young weather officer, Irving
to his office. Newton
later recalled not wanting to leave his post because no one else was
he was told to do so anyway and on the double! If there was a switch,
where it occurred. Sometime before Newton
arrived a weather balloon was put on Ramey's floor and a new set of
taken. Ramey told young Newton
to identify the object as a weather balloon for the reporters who were
In the first photos
taken of Dubose and Marcel with the
real debris you can clearly see Marcel s military cap and tie lying on
radiator in the background. The photo of Newton
was taken hours later, after the story had been changed. You can now
with a weather
balloon and Marcel s cap and tie are missing from the radiator. Marcel
Dubose had long since left with the real debris. Notice how Ramey
appears in a
full dress jacket, in July, in New Mexico
with no air conditioning. Obviously, something
extraordinary was occurring.
At 8:00 p.m. Roger
Ramey calls a press conference. He
tells the press that he, (a brigadier general in charge of an air base
command unit who had personally handled the debris for hours) made a
and misidentified what turned out to be a common weather balloon.
At 10:00 p.m. ABC News
declares the Roswell
wreckage was a weather balloon and as
far as the public was concerned, it stopped right there.
headline appeared in the Roswell Daily Record and in newspapers around
the world after military brass ordered a cover up of the crashed alien
craft in Roswell, NM.
July 9, 1947
Alien bodies and a
crashed disc are flown to
Wright-Patterson Air Base.
Bond Johnson notes that weather balloons have hundreds of feet of
attached to them. He points out that not a single inch of string was
the debris, nor is any visible in the photographs.
All parties who were
agree that the debris was spread ovr
one square mile. A square mile is the equivalent of walking four miles.
Colonel Bond Johnson and General Thomas Dubose agree that a weather
radar array would fit in a container the size of a 19-inch television.
addition, Marcel alone loaded two car-loads of debris. Other soldiers
loaded more truck-loads.
Also keep in mind the
number of high-level personnel
involved. They were all colonels and generals who were stationed at the
sophisticated air base operation in the world. They had just finished
World War II, and they were experts in radar arrays and weather
could all these high-level people be involved in such a great amount of
activity over an entire week for something they saw everyday, namely
Why would a group of
civilians all get together and
decide to lie in concert for no monetary gain about what they saw at Roswell?
Fact: Mac Brazel, the
rancher who originally found the
debris field, was taken into custody and held by the military for a
think they held the guy for a week for finding a weather balloon?
real! Brazel had found weather balloons on his ranch many times before
nobody came out to look at them, and nobody ever asked him to return
Mac Brazel's son Bill
lived seventy-five miles away in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
When his dad was taken into custody he had to
return to his father' s ranch to take care of it and the livestock.
Here's how Bill Brazel
recalls the whole affair:
"My dad found this thing and he told me
a little bit about
it. Not much, because the Air Force asked him to take an oath that he
tell anybody in detail about it."
"Then, lo and behold, here comes the
military. They said
we understand you found some bits and pieces." I said "Yeah" and
he said, "Your father turned the rest over to us, and you know he is
an oath not to tell." And he said, "We would rather you didn’t talk
very much about it."
Takes a Trip
Several days later on
July 17, 1947 General Nathan
Twining cancels a preplanned trip. Instead, he makes an emergency trip
middle of July, with no air conditioning, to, you guessed it! New Mexico!
Check out the memo in my 'Documents" section on this website.
General Nathan Twining
The Roswell Aliens
Roswell Alien Crash