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Aurora, Texas, UFO Incident, 1897 - MUFON Case File

Aurora, Texas, UFO Incident, 1897 - MUFON Case File

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Aurora, Texas, UFO Incident, 1897 - MUFON Case File
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METAL FROM CRASHED
UFO?
#
John
F. Schuessler
Did
a
cigar-shaped
unidentified
-flying
object really
crash
near Aurora,
Texas,
on
April
19,
1897?
Some
people believe
the
whole
story was
a
-fabrication
by S. E. Hayden, a
local
cotton/buyer?
while
others
are
reasonably
sure
the
tragic accident
really
occurred.
Investigators
-for
the
Mutual
UFD Network,
headquartered
in
Seguin,
Texas,
have uncovered evidence that
raises
doubts about
the
hoax theory.Sightings
of
strange airships were reported
all
across
the
United
States
during
the
spring
of
1897.
The
Aurora incident
was
just
anotherUFO
sighting?
but
with
anunusual twist.Itresulted
in the
allegation that
an
object crashed
and
leftdebris
as
proof
of the
event.
Bill
Case,
a
state
director
for the
Mutual
UFO Network,
discovered
family
members of the
original
witnesses were
ready to
tell
what happened that memorable day.
Mr"s.
Mary Evans, about 15
years
old
at thetime, saidhermotherandfather wentto the
crash
siteandtoldher how theairshiphadexplodedandthatthe
pilot
was torn up and
killed
in
the crash. He
was
a
small
man
and
wasburied later thatday in thelocal cemeteryby the men
o-f
the
town.
Jim
Stephens
told
his son Charlie how the
nose
of the
airship
hit the
wi
ndl
ass
..over the
water
well
on
Judge
J. S.
Proctor
*s
farm causing a
chain
reaction explosion. The flash
followed
by a fire was
visible
for more than three miles.
Investigators
have reconstructed the events of the sightingand located the crash site. Using sophisticated
metal
detecting
equipment
and guided by the eyewitness accounts
they
retrievedpieces
of
metal
of
various =izes
and
types.
Bill
Case
said "from
all
indications
there
was
definately
an explosion. The
pattern
extablished
by
metals recovered indicates
the
craft
exploded
onthe
1
ower
right
side?
first
blowing
bits
and
pieces over
a two or
thre?E?
acre area east
and
northeast
of
th<?
well
site
on top of a
rocky limestone
hill.
Immediately,
the
rest
of the
craft
exploded
throwing other samples to the north and
west."
Although
it is
difficult
to
determine
which
samples
may
haveresulted from the crash,
as
compared
with
debris left by people
living
on the farm
during
the past three-quarters of a century,
some
of the
samples were unique.One piece, thought to be a structural member of
some
kind,
was
analyzed
by a major U. S.
laboratory
with
exciting
results.
An
electron dispersion ::-ray analyzer was used
tc
identify
theelements found
in the
sample. Only
aluminum with
a.
trace
of
iron
could
bedetected.The sample
was
retrieved
from
a
location about
100
feet west
of the
well
site beneath
four-
inches
of
soil.
It was
lodged
directly against
the
face
of
tht?
limestone
rock
and
conformed
to
 
the
exactconfiguration
of the
stone,
indicating
it was in a
near
molten
state
when it penetrated the earth and hit the
rock
where
it
cooled.X-ray-fluorescenceanalysis determined
the
sample
to be
free
o-f
zinc. This
.*
was an
unexpected
finding,
since
the
samplesretrieved from the
east
of the
well
site containedsine.The
soft
x-ray spectrographic analysis
verified
the
high
purity of
the
aluminum,
the
inclusion
of
iron,
and the
absence
of
capper.This also is an anomaly, because commercial
aluminum
alloys thatcontain iron usually contain copper.Photomicrographs
of the
sample
shows
the
presence
of
largegrains,
indicating
the
sample
is
stress-free
and has
gone through
a
melting
and
cooling
stage.
Details
of the
analysis provide
additional
clues
as to how the
material
was
constructed,
the
nature
of the crystalline
structure,
and unusual purity.
All
this
is
consistent with
the
allegation that
an
object
explodedspewing
debris
in all directions, impacting with
a
tremendous
force.
Investigators
were able
to
locate
a
crude headstone
marking
a grave in the local
cemetery.
Metal detecting equipment gave
the
same
readings
at the
gravesite
as
they
did
where
the
metal
was
found.
The
marker
and the
detector readings seemed
to be
sufficient
for
investigators
to
demand
the
opening
of the
graveandexhumation of thepilot'sbody. Local citizens
didn't
agree.
They blocked opening
of the
grave.
Soon
thereafter
the
headstone
was
removed
and the
grave left unmarked
and
anonymous.Perhaps
the
people
of
Aurora were afraid their
longstanding
popularity wouldbe
diminished
if thegrave wereopened
and
science proved
the
whole event
was ahoax.On the
otherhand, what
if the
grave
did
hold
the
remains
of an alienpilot? At
this
time
the--investi
gators
files
hold sufficientevidence
to
cast
reasonable doubt
on the
hoax
theory.
 
Photograph of
metal
sample found1OO
feet
west
of the
alleged
crash site.
Electron dispersion x-rayanalyserfinds only aluminum
and
iron
in
Aurora,
Texas
metal sample

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