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A UFO reportedly crashed in Roswell (1947)

A UFO reportedly crashed in Roswell (1947)

The Roswell incident refers to the July 1947 crash of a US Army Air Force’s balloon at a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, as well as the subsequent conspiracy theories that claim the crash was actually that of a flying saucer, and that the truth was covered up by the US government. On July 8th, 1947, Roswell Army Air Field issued a press release stating that they had recovered a “flying disc” from a ranch near Roswell.

The Army quickly retracted the statement and instead said that the crashed object was merely a conventional weather balloon. The Roswell incident didn’t surface again until the late 1970s, when a retired Lt. Colonel, in an interview with a UFO researcher, first admitted the weather balloon account had been a cover-story. The incident has been described as “the world’s most famous, most exhaustively investigated, and most thoroughly debunked UFO claim”.


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