Roswell 75 years later: Top UFO expert says he’s still not sure if the flying saucer really crashed in the New Mexico desert
News of a U̳F̳O̳ crash in Roswell, New Mexico shocked the nation, but what was once a newspaper headline on July 8, 1947 now appears to be nothing more than an urban legend.
Nick Pope, who led the British government\’s U̳F̳O̳ project from 1991 to 1994, told DailyMail.com in a telephone interview: The US military put out a press release saying that we had recovered a flying disc, which they claimed was one of the of those mysterious discs sighted over the United States weeks before.
24 hours later, they completely reversed the narrative.”
If the Roswell wreckage was not of this world, then this could be one of the best cover-up stories in US history, Pope suggested.
I\’m not saying this is deliberate, but the best cover-up story is the one that makes you laugh, makes you roll your eyes,” he said.
If something becomes a joke, serious politicians, military men, scientists and journalists don\’t want to touch it, or if they do, they start from a perspective they don\’t really believe in.”
The “180 narrative turn,” as Pope calls it, refers to the intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment Group announcing that day at noon that they were in possession of a flying saucer and then stating that military officials later determined that it was a radar tracking balloon.
“I\’m still undecided,” Pope said when asked if he believes it was an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ aircraft that crashed on the ranch 75 years ago.
As much as I believe in life out there, I\’m not sure there will be visitors.”
The remains were first discovered by W.W. “Mac” Brazel, leading his sheep to a nearby stream.
Brazel saw the remains on the ground of him and called the authorities, who went to the scene for further analysis, which determined that it was a flying saucer.
The Roswell Daily Record quickly got the story on the front page with the headline: RAAF Captures Flying Saucer at Roswell Country Ranch.
The story described the remains as a metallic-looking material, light but strong.
But the excitement was gone in what seemed like an instant and no one thought twice.
“The late 1940s were a more confident time,” Pope said.
It was a time when trust in the government and the military was very high and it was a time before the internet and social media.
Since most people didn\’t have a telephone, the morning paper was their window to the world. I think it was treated as gospel.”
The Roswell event began with a flying saucer in the military\’s possession becoming nothing more than a weather balloon, and U̳F̳O̳ expert Papa Nick told DailyMail.com that the “180 narrative turn” was effective in “killing the story.”
Pope also pointed out that all U̳F̳O̳ books written in the 1950s and 1960s do not include any information about the Roswell event.
The assassination of history was that effective,” he said.
Pope went on to explain that it would be fascinating if the case from 75 years ago could be solved and the result was that the remains were from a U̳F̳O̳.
I\’m not going to pretend we have a smoking gun because we don\’t,\’ he said.
“On the contrary, the people at the Roswell military base were where only the atomic bomb squad stayed and these people were the best of the best.”
“If ever there were people less likely to misidentify a weather balloon it would be them.”
Playing devil\’s advocate, Pope says the cover-up could have been a way to hide something like a top-secret weapon that had crashed.
The conversation about U̳F̳O̳s and a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳s is not taboo in the United States, since in the last year the government has released a video in which military planes are seen chasing what could be a flying saucer.
There was also a recent congressional hearing on U̳F̳O̳s, in which three former cavalrymen testified about their encounter with a U̳F̳O̳ at a US military base in the Middle East in 2014.
They said they saw eight bright objects fluttering across the sky at incredible speeds from an outpost in the Sinai desert, on the border with Egypt, around December 2014.
The three cavalry scouts, who are trained to identify aircraft, believe the objects they witnessed were of non-human origin.
“It\’s strange that, despite all that interest and congressional hearings, senators or congressional representatives are hardly ever heard of mentioning the \’R\’ word: Roswell,” Pope said.
Maybe the stigma is still there and they are hesitant to say Roswell and ask what about Roswell.
\’The original \’cover story\’, if it was one, may have been too effective and may have taken people\’s minds off in the media, the public and the government.\’