The Roswell Incident: Conspiracy or Cockamamie? A closer look at Project Mogul.
In early July of 1947, most likely around July 4th or 5th, something crashed to the Earth in the high desert of eastern New Mexico (Carey & SChmitt, 2009). Mac Brazel, a ranch hand on the J.B. Foster ranch, went to check on his sheep one morning after a series of severe thunderstorms. He was concerned about the wellbeing of his cattle because he heard a very loud explosion the night before during the storm. Upon riding out to the pastures, Brazel discovered a huge amount of strange debris scattered across the fields. Not knowing what this strange debris was, Brazel gathered some of it and showed it to his friends and neighbors. No one seemed to know what to do or this strange debris was, so he eventually contacted the County Sheriff’s office. The Sheriff’s office, not wanting to be bothered, and suspecting that the debris came from some kind of government Air Force testing, contacted the Roswell Army Air Field for assistance.
The Air Force quickly sent personnel to interview Brazel, and they asked him to escort them to the site of the debris. Brazel escorted Major Jesse Marcel, and two Counterintelligence Corps Agents, Captain Sheridan Cavitt and Sargent Lewis Rickett to the site of the debris. Upon inspecting the debris, the Air Force quickly sent teams out into the desert to gather, and clean it up. They also interrogated Brazel for several days, and held him captive at the base.
On July 8, 1947 the United States Air Force held a press conference and announced to the world that they had “captured” a flying saucer. Hours later, the Air Force held another press conference, and they retracted their statement. The Air Force was now claiming that what they...