A UFO was believed to have crashed outside Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Coming just over a week after the first media scare concerning flying saucers, Roswell was the home of the only atomic bomb squadron in the world.
Sightings of a UFO were made during the night, and over the next couple of days, two crash sites were discovered and debris plus four alien corpses were said to be taken away. At first the authorities were open about the incident, but then secrecy descended.
Witnesses were terrorized into silence and a declaration made that a weather balloon had come down, thus explaining the wreckage. In the 1980s, an officer involved in the incident came forward to say it was a flying saucer that was recovered.
By the 1990s the Freedom of Information Act had caused the US government to explain themselves over the incident. Their latest declaration is that it was an experimental balloon that actually crashed, involved in a secret surveillance operation of Russian airspace, hence the secrecy.Many UFOlogists, however, are unconvinced.
(c) Anthony North, Feb 2007