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After the original incident of the "flying disc debris" found near Roswell in 1947 was explained the next day as balloon debris by the Army Air Force, what would become the Roswell incident was, we are told, completely forgotten until 1978, when Major Jesse Marcel, intelligence officer at the Roswell Army Air Base, came forward to claim that the debris were not from a balloon, but of something from another world.

But it is not totally true that "Roswell" had totally disappeared between these two moments...

Frank Edwards in "Flying Saucers Serious Business", 1966:


But if pieces or debris that were seen of known to come from a UFO is enough hard evidence, this is another matter. And they do not correspond to official denials.

There are such difficult cases as the rancher near Roswell, New Mexico, who phoned the Sheriff that a blazing disc-shaped object had passed over his house at low altitude and had crashed and burned on a hillside within view of the house. The sheriff called the military; the military came on the double quick. Newsmen were not permitted in the area. A week later, however, the government released a photograph of a service man holding up a box kite with an aluminum disc about the size of a large pie plate dangling from the bottom of the kite. This, the official report explained, was a device borne aloft on the kite and used to test radar gear by bouncing signals off the pie plate. And this, we were told, was the sort of thing that had so excited the rancher. We were NOT [emphasis in original] told, however, how the alleged kite caught fire – nor why the military cordoned off the area while they inspected the wreckage of a burned-out kite with a non-inflammable pie plate tied to it.

This was in the golden age of the "flying saucers" and nobody, or almost nobody, doubted the most absurd explanations. What had actually been found there? I do not know, and those who know do not have permission to speak, at least not publicly.




Frank A. Edwards (1908–1967) had been a pilot, then one of the pioneers in radio hosting in the United States in the 1920s to the 1950s. Late in his life, he became also famous for his two popular books about UFOs: "Flying Saucers - Serious Business", 1966, and "Flying Saucers - Here and Now!", 1967.

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