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By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 20:16 GMT, 6 August 2012 | UPDATED: 23:29 GMT, 6 August 2012
Sixty-five years after a UFO allegedly crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, a retired Air Force official has spoken out to say that not only did the shocking incident really happen – but it happened twice. Lt. Col. Richard French, who served in the military for more than 27 years, was in Alamagordo, New Mexico, in 1947, when an unusual object fell from the sky and crashed to the ground in Roswell. Military authorities issued a press release after the shocking incident, saying: ‘The many rumours regarding the flying disc became a reality yesterday when the intelligence officer of the 509th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc.’
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The truth is out there? The U.S. Air Force released this 1972 photo of a Viking space probe as part of its report on the so called 'Roswell Incident' of 1947
But, just 24 hours later, the military retracted their earlier statement and claimed the object they had first thought was a 'flying disc' was a weather balloon that had crashed on a nearby ranch. The media and the public accepted the explanation without question. Since then, conspiracy theorists and officials such as French have called into question the military's line on the incident. ‘There were actually two crashes at Roswell, which most people don't know,’ French told The Huffington Post. ‘The first one was shot down by an experimental U.S. airplane that was flying out of White Sands, New Mexico, and it shot what was effectively an electronic pulse-type weapon that disabled and took away all the
controls of the UFO, and that's why it crashed.
Theory: Lt. Col. Richard French, who served in the military for more than 27 years, claims there were two UFO-related crashes in Roswell
Contentious: Former Air Force Col. Richard French says he was an official UFO debunker and there were two, not one, Roswell UFO crashes
ROSWELL: CONSPIRACY THEORY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Roswell, New Mexico sprang to international fame on July 8, 1947, when the local newspaper reported the capture of a 'flying saucer' by government officials in the town.
Over the decades since the discovery, conspiracy theorists have insisted that the debris came from an alien spacecraft, and that the fact was covered up by the military. The continuing belief of alien activity in the area led the Air Force to launch an investigation into the crash in 1995. Officials concluded that the 'UFO' was part of a balloon launched into the atmosphere as part of a secret government surveillance programme aimed at the USSR. However, many have refused to accept that explanation, alleging a conspiracy to hide the existence of extraterrestrial life. ‘When they hit it with that electromagnetic pulse - bingo! There goes all their electronics and, consequently, the UFO was uncontrollable.’ French, who claims he was ordered to debunk UFO sightings, said a confidential source in the military told him about the shooting down of the so-called alien spacecraft and added that there was a second crash near Roswell just days later. 'It was within a few miles of where the original crash was,' French told HuffPo. 'We think that the reason they were in there at that time was to try and recover parts and any survivors of the first crash. I'm [referring to] the people from outer space - the guys whose UFO it was.' But other experts have rejected French's claims. 'No chance! Zero chance,' Army Col. John Alexander, tasked with investigating UFO sightings, told the website. 'In the 1980s, I was the guy developing all of the pulse-power weapons systems. We couldn't have done it then. In the 60s, they had a laser system, but your range was extremely limited, and we didn't have operational laser weapons in that time frame.' But refutations have not stopped others from coming forward and contesting the military's official line. Chase Brandon, an agent who served 25 years with the CIA, recently claimed that information relating to the crash had been concealed in a hidden vault within the agency's Langley headquarters. 'It was not a weather balloon - it was what people first reported,' he said. 'It was a craft that did not come from this planet.'
Newest Oldest Best rated Worst rated View all i think its silly to think that we are the only creatures in the universe. let's go with the Bible...does it say that we are the only creatures in the universe? nope. there are aliens according to the bible...angels. Angels aren't humans. We associate them with being human but in reality, they could look different. The fact is man has gotten used to being the only intelligent being in this universe. why? IF there are aliens, why haven't they made their presence known sooner? You would figure that we'd be used to seeing things in the sky, different species of intelligent beings but we aren't. what makes the earth off limits? Are we the only beings in the universe that are off limits? Too many questions that i wish the government would come clean about. Yes, people would panic but how do you get people to accept something if they are always going to keep the information hidden??? SAY there are aliens so we accept it in our minds. That's the start of disclosure. - darisa, pittsburgh, usa, 07/8/2012 21:40 Click to rate Report abuse People have been saying for years that there were two crashes. Having seen a UFO myself (close-up) I think the Roswell crashes are probably FACT....- shazz, scotland, 7/8/2012 6:50--- The most you've seen is old Nessie. - Alexander H, Washington......................... I find sceptics like yourself quite funny because I had a great sighting of a genuine "alien" object at rooftop height, in broad daylight and (poor you,) your earth is still flat. - shazz, scotland, 07/8/2012 19:21 Click to rate Report abuse People have been saying for years that there were two crashes. Having seen a UFO myself (close-up) I think the Roswell crashes are probably FACT....- shazz, scotland, 7/8/2012 6:50--- The most you've seen is old Nessie. - Alexander H, Washington, DC, USA, 07/8/2012 18:41 Click to rate Report abuse I believe it was a flying taco bringing Mexicans over for cheap labour. - Stuart, Ottawa, Canada, 07/8/2012 18:04 Click to rate Report abuse We ( the world ) will never know the truth about aliens visiting us , esp. when ex-military bafoons need to spill inacurate or false information to feel important. My government is not trustworthy. Rating 2 Rating 3 Rating 4 Rating (0)
- maximus, amelia, usa, 07/8/2012 17:08 Click to rate Report abuse Christian, There is an electronic pulse weapon AKA Kenitic energy. You must live under a rock. - Buckie, Ventur, California, 07/8/2012 16:46 Click to rate Report abuse You really think this government can keep a secret? The mafia can't keep secrets anymore. - MarkD, Upstate, NY, 07/8/2012 13:34 Click to rate Report abuse YOUR GOVERNMENT IS LYING TO YOU ABOUT PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING. INCLUDING HOW LONG THEY HAVE HAD ADVANCED WEAPONRY FOR. - concerned , UK, 07/8/2012 12:55 Click to rate Report abuse People have been saying for years that there were two crashes. Having seen a UFO myself (close-up) I think the Roswell crashes are probably FACT. I would love to see the photos and often wonder about the "alien" who supposedly survived. Did the clean-up crew survive too, or were they silenced? I also wonder about the people who's lives were threatened if they dare speak about what they saw. Especially the kids. Where are they now? Lastly, I'd like to thank the "aliens" for fibre optics. - shazz, scotland, 07/8/2012 11:50 Click to rate Report abuse There's a chance this was a probe rom another planet. - Christian, Tyne&wear, 07/8/2012 11:41 Click to rate Rating 8 Rating 30 Rating 37 Rating 1 Rating 7 Rating 7
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