Roswell is an amazing place. Not only for the record-breaking sky dive of Felix Baumgartner, but it is historic for many additional reason. Video shows a tour of Roswell New Mexico including the Roswell UFO museum, the historic Roswell Army Air Field, and an alien autopsy.To see an interview with the daughter of Walter Haut, head of the Roswell Museum, and the actual Roswell airplane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, see http://youtu.be/3nIw3HJq4Zk
It is also well-known because of the Roswell UFO incident, that supposedly happened on 4 July 1947 when a “flying disk” crashed during a severe thunderstorm.
Many reports about Roswell say that a B-29 was used to carry crates from Roswell to Fort Worth, TX, and then to Ohio. This original radio broadcast and the original equipment are on display at the museum. Reportedly, the plane flew at a very low altitude, which suggests that the crate carried something other than inanimate debris.
Walter Haut, whose daughter was interviewed in this video, was the public information officer at the 509th Bomb Group based in Roswell during 1947. On July 8, 1947 he was ordered by the base commander, Colonel William Blanchard, to draft a press release for the public, announcing that the United States Army Air Force had recovered a crashed “flying disc” from a nearby ranch. This press release garnered widespread national and even international media attention. The U.S. Army Air Force retracted the claim later, saying that a weather balloon had been recovered. This series of events eventually became known as the Roswell UFO Incident.
When interviewed later, he expressed the belief that there was “no chance” senior officers who handled the recovered material, including base commander Blanchard, mistook a weather balloon for a UFO. He later claimed more involvement, including viewing alien corpses and a craft at a base hangar and handling the strange crash debris.
The Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) is the site from which the B-29 plane that carried the atomic bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
It is also known as the Roswell Industrial Air Center, a city-owned public-use airport located three miles south of Roswells central business district (in Chaves County, New Mexico). From 1941 to 1967, this facility was known as Roswell Army Airfield during World War II, and later Walker Air Force Base during the Cold War.
When it was in operation, Walker AFB was the largest Strategic Air Command base in the United States It was the site from which Japan was bombed during WWII. Alert crews stood ready 24 hours with B-52 bombers parked outside with nuclear weapons loaded and ready. The base was closed in 1967.
The airplane from the Roswell airbase, also a B-29, was reported to have carried the Roswell debris to Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Ohio.
The site was also was used to launch stratospheric balloons for Air Force projects.
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