After reading through a certain number of the documents, now in the hands of the National Archives, it has become the Zohn case, and how it was handled by the Army, which set the stage for further contention between the Navy, and the Army, and Air Force, over the UFO issue. The reader will see this more clearly when 1948-49 is covered.
Strangely enough, the republishing of his story on the 8th, dovetailed with another story about a different, and now very famous event. Like Kenneth Arnold’s before it, it made headlines around the world, but unlike Arnold’s case, and Dr. Zohns’s, as well, it didn’t just deal with the sighting of a strange missile in the sky. It dealt with the crashing of one of them on a Ranch, in Corona, New Mexico. Also unlike the Arnold’s story before it, not a shred of information about it would remain in the, so-called “Blue Book” files.
Several photographs were taken of Air Force personnel, including Major Jesse Marcel, who was the Air Intelligence officer at Roswell Army Air field at the time, with what seems to be the shredded remains of some type of foil kite, or radar target.
What was everybody getting so excited about, one might ask? The photos show obviously mundane material, so why all the fuss? That question is truly representative of the rest of all of the doubts surrounding the whole affair. Having officers pose with well recognized pieces of material (in fact what any rancher, let alone any Air Combat Intelligence Officer, would never mistake for something like a flying saucer) made sure the story was “killed.”
In July of 1947, the flying saucer scare had become, for a brief moment, the crashed flying saucer scare.
It would be understandable, and very reasonable, for anyone to assume that the first “saucer” project, which was called, ironically, Saucer, investigated and retained information on this Roswell incident, yet, as unbelievable as it seems, the Air Force did not keep any records regarding this incident! They did not retain even the mundane press clippings! There should be pictures of the “balloon”, and Jesse Marcel, etc., but if you read through the documents given to the National Archives, and do a search for Jesse Marcel in that particular set of documents, you’ll come up short. Not that the Archives themselves don’t retain information on it, only that it wasn’t contained within the material given to them by the Air Force.
Marcel was never discharged or demoted because of this huge “mistake”. On the contrary, even though he supposedly mistook some foil for a flying saucer, he was later given high praise from superiors. Wouldn’t one think that this fact alone would embarrass the Air Force, and be reason enough for discipline? These types of glaring bumps in the proverbial road make it obvious that many questions remain unanswered in the case. These questions will, hopefully, be explored and vetted more thoroughly by other researchers who are on the case, as I type these words.
Another consideration, in my opinion, would be that if it really had been some type of other-worldly device, it would have been handled with an extremely tight, “need-to-know” kind of security classification. To do this, agencies create a compartmentalized infrastructure, so that one person or department does not know anything of the others. Ironically enough, this makes it even more likely that something is indeed being hidden from us. This type of set up is difficult to penetrate, and is the very security classifications system outlined for the Joint Research Development Board (JRDB), by Detlev Bronk, circa, 1947.
Sightings of the fast unknown flying missiles continued un-abated, and a few more of the examples from documents acquired via the Project Blue Book Archives should illustrate why the objects stood out so strongly. For example, one report was on an unidentified object or some type of high-speed jet aircraft, traveling an estimated 700-800 MPH, seen leaving a pronounced ‘contrail”, noticed by a citizen in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 8th or 9th , 1947. He promptly reported it to the Air Force, being greatly concerned:
“…I stepped from my car to observe more closely, as two things immediately troubled my mind—where the missile should have been, at the head of the steadily appearing trail, nothing was visible, or was too small to see.” “…the speed was startling, certainly between 400 and 1000 miles per hour, and I should estimate more precisely at from 700 to 800, still too fast for conventional types of aircraft. The trail the missile was leaving in its wake, may have been smoke, vapor from intense speed, or any unknown substance…3. Path of the strange missile is drawn on the attached map, and was seen by numerous people. At the local airport where I do some flying, a considerable number of inquiries were received as to its origin and identification. Name of airport: Sky Haven.”
The Air Force’s final assessment stated:
“…In everything except the course flown, the description given more answers to that of a fireball. The course indicated in this incident, however, appears almost fatal to such a hypothesis.”
Yeah...fatal if you think that meteors don’t usually alter their courses only to zip off in another direction, as this object reportedly did. To get the proper perspective of this case, one should first take note of a modern day jet aircraft as it traverses the sky. The plane is leaving a contrail behind it. The first thing you would notice, perhaps, is that, although the jet plane must be traveling at a fairly good rate of speed, certainly more than 300 mph, at the high altitude the plane is located, the plane does not give the impression of speed. On the contrary, it appears to be chugging along. Imagine yourself in 1947, making the above statement. It was traveling so fast, that the witness sensed the speed, declaring it to be around 700 mph. The Air Force admitted that the object’s actions (turning around and heading off in another direction) ruined the fireball hypothesis, but they labeled the event “meteoric” in the records anyway.
It should be noted that these very same “records” were given to experts later, and these same records were utilized in preparing their conclusions.