TITULARES DEL ROSWELL DAILY RECORD DEL 8 DE JULIO DE 1947
RAAF Captures Flying Saucer On Ranch in Roswell Region
No Details of Flying Disk Are Revealed
Roswell Hardware Man and Wife Report Disk Seen
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The intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment group at Roswell Army
Air Field announced at noon today, that the field has come into
possession of a flying saucer.
According to information released by the department, over authority of
Maj. J. A. Marcel, intelligence officer, the disk was recovered on a
ranch in the Roswell vicinity, after an unidentified rancher had
notified Sheriff Geo. Wilcox, here, that he had found the instrument
on his premises.
Major Marcel and a detail from his department went to the ranch and
recovered the disk, it was stated.
After the intelligence officer here had inspected the instrument it
was flown to higher headquarters.
The intelligence office stated that no details of the saucer's
construction or its appearance had been revealed.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wilmot apparently were the only persons in Roswell
who saw what they thought was a flying disk.
They were sitting on their porch at 105 South Penn. last Wednesday
night at about ten o'clock when a large glowing object zoomed out of
the sky from the southeast, going in a northwesterly direction at a
high rate of speed.
Wilmot called Mrs. Wilmot's attention to it and both ran down into the
yard to watch. It was in sight less then a minute, perhaps 40 or 50
seconds, Wilmot estimated.
Wilmot said that it appeared to him to be about 1,500 feet high and
going fast. He estimated between 400 and 500 miles per hour.
In appearance it looked oval in shape like two inverted saucers, faced
mouth to mouth, or like two old type washbowls placed, together in the
same fashion. The entire body glowed as though light were showing
through from inside, though not like it would inside, though not like
it would be if a light were merely underneath.
From where he stood Wilmot said that the object looked to be about 5
feet in size, and making allowance for the distance it was from town
he figured that it must have been 15 to 20 feet in diameter, though
this was just a guess.
Wilmot said that he heard no sound but that Mrs. Wilmot said she heard
a swishing sound for a very short time.
The object came into view from the southeast and disappeared over the
treetops in the general vicinity of six mile hill.
Wilmot, who is one of the most respected and reliable citizens in town,
kept the story to himself hoping that someone else would come out and
tell about having seen one, but finally today decided that he would go
ahead and tell about it. The announcement that the RAAF was in
possession of one came only a few minutes after he decided to release
the details of what he had seen.
El Roswell Daily Record reproduce en sus titulares el reporte de prensa
emitido desde la Base Aérea Roswell anticipándose por algunas
horas a la nueva versión de los hechos que se emitirá desde la
comandancia militar de Forth Worth. La noticia ocupa un lugar destacado en
las primeras planas de otros muchos diarios de la costa oeste.
La crónica reproduce el breve y concreto anuncio de la recuperación
de un plato volador generado desde la oficina de inteligencia militar de
la base por el major Jesse Marcel.
La sorprendente revelación es puesta
en contexto en la crónica acompañada del testimonio de Dan Wilmot
y de su esposa, respetados vecinos de Roswell, quienes en horas de la
noche del miércoles 2 de julio han
presenciado en el cielo de la ciudad el desplazamiento
a unos 1.500 pies de altura y a una velocidad estimada de 500 millas por hora
de un objeto no identificado el cual describen con apariencia de plato volador
y cuyas dimensiones aparentes estiman en cerca de entre 15 y 20 pies.
El avistaje, de cerca de un minuto de duración, fue realizado desde su
propia casa alrededor de las 10 de la noche.
Wilmot quien inicialmente se ha reservado hacer público el avistaje
finalmente da cuenta del mismo a la prensa, pocos minutos después
llega a los medios la noticia de la captura de un disco volador por parte
del ejército en las proximidades de Roswell.
La crónica del Roswell Daily incorporará definitivamente el
suceso al registro histórico público, lo cual resultará
importante dado que décadas más tarde llegará a ponerse
en duda hasta la existencia misma del comunicado militar de prensa favorecido
por la desaparición de parte de los archivos oficiales de la época
correspondientes a la base.
TITULARES DEL 9 DE JULIO DE 1947
Gen. Ramey Empties Roswell Saucer
Ramey Says Excitement is Not Justified
General Ramey Says Disk is Weather Balloon
Fort Worth, Texas, July 9 (AP) An examination by the army revealed
last night that mysterious objects found on a lonely New Mexico ranch
was a harmless high-altitude weather balloon - not a grounded flying
disk.Excitement was high until Brig. Gen. Roger M. Ramey, commander of
the Eighth air forces with headquarters here cleared up the mystery.
The bundle of tinfoil, broken wood beams and rubber remnants of a
balloon were sent here yesterday by army air transport in the wake of
reports that it was a flying disk.
But the general said the objects were the crushed remains of a ray
wind target used to determine the direction and velocity of winds at
Warrant Officer Irving Newton, forecaster at the army air forces
weather station here said, "we use them because they go much higher
than the eye can see."
The weather balloon was found several days ago near the center of
New Mexico by Rancher W. W. Brazel. He said he didn't think much
about it until he went into Corona, N. M., last Saturday and heard
the flying disk reports.
He returned to his ranch, 85 miles northwest of Roswell, and recovered
the wreckage of the balloon, which he had placed under some brush.
Then Brazel hurried back to Roswell, where he reported his find to the
The sheriff called the Roswell air field and Maj. Jesse A. Marcel,
509th bomb group intelligence officer was assigned to the case.
Col. William H. Blanchard, commanding officer of the bomb group,
reported the find to General Ramey and the object was flown
immediately to the army air field here.
Ramey went on the air here last night to announce the New Mexico
discovery was not a flying disk.
Newton said that when rigged up, the instrument "looks like a
six-pointed star, is sivery in appearance and rises in the air like
In Roswell, the discovery set off a flurry of excitement.
Sheriff George Wicox's telephone lines were jammed. Three calls came
from England, one of them from The London Daily Mail, he said.
A public relations officer here said the balloon was in his office
"and it'll probably stay right there."
Newton, who made the examination, said some 80 weather stations in the
U. S. were using that type of balloon and that it could have come from
any of them.
He said he had sent up identical balloons during the invasion of
Okinawa to determine ballistics information for heavy guns.
La reconducción del suceso es reproducida mediante un cable de la agencia
Associated Press. Al tomar intervención directa la comandancia de la
8va.Fuerza Aérea con asiento en Forth Worth la prensa nacional y
extranjera tiene nuevos interlocutores, los encabeza su comandante el General
Roger R. Ramey quien se encarga de informar que los objetos recogidos en las
inmediaciones de Roswell días atrás corresponden a un globo de
investigación atmosférica de gran altitud. Los restos que exhibe
e identifica como partes del mismo consisten en partes de hojalata, cintas de
goma y maderas.
Su asistente el oficial Irving Newton es el encargado de precisar a los
periodistas que globos similares a los restos del que se exhiben son de uso
habitual en casi un centenar de estaciones metereológicas en los EE.UU.,
habiendo sido utilizados también para recoger informacion con fines
balísticos para la artillería.
La explicación de Newton, segun reproduce la crónica, es
precedida de una breve recapitulación de los hechos que involucran
a W.W.Brazel, al sheriff Wilcox y las autoridades militares de Roswell quienes
han despachado el resultado del hallazgo a Forth Worth.
La estrategia de comunicación elegida omite toda referencia a la
existencia del comunicado emitido a instancias del Coronel William Blanchard,
por el mayor Jesse Marcel horas antes desde Roswell el cual por lo tanto no es
desmentido ni rectificado. Tampoco lo será en el futuro y con los
años llegará a ser considerado inexistente.
DECLARACIONES DE W.W. BRAZEL EL 9 DE JULIO DE 1947
Harassed Rancher Who Located 'Saucer' Sorry He Told About It
W. W. Brazel, 48, Lincoln county rancher living 30 miles south of
Corona, today told his story of finding what the army at first
described as a flying disk, but the publicity which attended his find
caused him to add that if he ever found anything else short of a bomb,
he sure wasn't going to say anything about it.
Brazel was brought here late yesterday by W. E. Whitmore, of radio
station KGFL, had his picture taken and gave an interview to the
Record and Jason Kellahin, sent here from the Albuquerque bureau of
the Associated Press to cover the story. The picture he posed for was
sent out over AP telephoto wire sending machine specially set up in
the Record office by R. D. Adair, AP wire chief sent here from
Albuquerque for the sole purpose of getting out his picture and that
of sheriff George Wilcox, to whom Brazel originally gave the
information of his find.
Brazel related that on June 14 he and an 8-year old son, Vernon, were
about 7 or 8 miles from the ranch house of the J. B. Foster ranch,
which he operates, when they came upon a large area of bright wreckage
made up on rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough paper and sticks.
At the time Brazel was in a hurry to get his round made and he did not
pay much attention to it. But he did remark about what he had seen and
on July 4 he, his wife, Vernon and a daughter, Betty, age 14, went
back to the spot and gathered up quite a bit of the debris.
The next day he first heard about the flying disks, and he wondered if
what he had found might be the remnants of one of these.
Monday he came to town to sell some wool and while here he went to see
sheriff George Wilcox and "whispered kinda confidential like" that he
might have found a flying disk.
Wilcox got in touch with the Roswell Army Air Field and Maj. Jesse A.
Marcel and a man in plain clothes accompanied him home, where they
picked up the rest of the pieces of the "disk" and went to his home
to try to reconstruct it.
According to Brazel they simply could not reconstruct it at all. They
tried to make a kite out of it, but could not do that and could not
find any way to put it back together so that it could fit.
Then Major Marcel brought it to Roswell and that was the last he heard
of it until the story broke that he had found a flying disk.
Brazel said that he did not see it fall from the sky and did not see
it before it was torn up, so he did not know the size or shape it
might have been, but he thought it might have been about as large as
a table top. The balloon which held it up, if that was how it worked,
must have been about 12 feet long, he felt, measuring the distance by
the size of the room in which he sat. The rubber was smoky gray in
color and scattered over an area about 200 yards in diameter.
When the debris was gathered up the tinfoil, paper, tape, and sticks
made a bundle about three feet long and 7 or 8 inches thick, while the
rubber made a bundle about 18 or 20 inches long and about 8 inches
thick. In all, he estimated, the entire lot would have weighed maybe
There was no sign of any metal in the area which might have been used
for an engine and no sign of any propellers of any kind, although at
least one paper fin had been glued onto some of the tinfoil.
There were no words to be found anywhere on the instrument, although
there were letters on some of the parts. Considerable scotch tape and
some tape with flowers printed upon it had been used in the
No strings or wire were to be found but there were some eyelets in the
paper to indicate that some sort of attachment may have been used.
Brazel said that he had previously found two weather observation
balloons on the ranch, but that what he found this time did not in
any way resemble either of these.
"I am sure that what I found was not any weather observation balloon,"
he said. "But if I find anything else besides a bomb they are going to
have a hard time getting me to say anything about it."
La derivaciones que han ido tomando los hechos a partir del
domingo 6 de julio ha atraido una impensada notoriedad, no exenta de
presiones sobre Brazel, el cual es requerido por los medios radiales
y de prensa, locales y nacionales que han desplegado una importante
logística para cubrir el suceso en directo desde Roswell.
Las declaraciones de Brazel a la emisora KGFL, que reproduce la crónica
sugiere su intención de minimizar su participación en el suceso.
El granjero menciona que la fecha del hallazgo inicial de los
objetos ha sido el 14 de junio y que
recién 20 días más tarde, recordando
el suceso habra recogido sus restos dando entonces participación
al sheriff Wilcox quien conjuntamente con el mayor de inteligencia Jesse
Marcel continuarán la recolección e identificación
preliminar de los objetos en su finca para posteriormente ser transladados
por el ejército a Roswell.
La descripción de los objetos que realiza Brazel es concordante con la
de los restos exhibidos e identificados por el Gral.Ramey en Forth Worth.
No obstante lo cual declara no haber reconocido en los mismos nada
que pudiese llevarlo a atribuir el origen de los mismos a un globo
Brazel no perderá la ocasión de mencionar su intención
de no involucrarse en el suceso del cual por otra parte manifesto estar
sorprendido por sus repercusiones.
La fecha del descubrimiento original mencionada por Brazel será motivo
de polémicas, décadas más tarde, en la investigación
histórica extraoficial del suceso, debido al lapso relativamente largo
entre su hallazgo inicial y su recolección y denuncia a las autoridades.
El eventual retroceso de la fecha considerada probable del hallazgo alentaría
desvincular el caso Roswell del fenómeno ovni en atención a que en general el
reconocimiento público del fenómeno suele relacionarse con la fecha
del 24 de junio día del avistaje del piloto Kenneth Arnold en el
Las declaraciones de Brazel omiten toda referencia al presunto hallazgo
de nuevos y enigmáticos restos hallados el día antes en otro lugar
de su finca los cuales llevaron a la comandancia de Roswell a informar sobre la
captura de un plato volador.
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