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After 65 years, officer has stepped forward claiming that the first flying saucer that landed in the desert was actually shot down by the U.S. military. The second crashed while on a recovery mission, lieutenant colonel says.
Almost exactly 65 years after the Air Force shot down conspiracy theories that an alien aircraft had crashed in Roswell, N.M., a retired lieutenant colonel says not only was the UFO real, but it wasn’t the only one.
“There were actually two crashes at Roswell, which most people don’t know,” Richard French told the Huffington Post.
French, who was undergoing a test for the Air Force in nearby Alamagordo, N.M., in the summer of 1947, detailed what happened when a UFO supposedly flew over Roswell.
That fabled incident, which has launched decades of speculation over the existence of aliens among us, occured in July of 1947, when the Air Force issued a press release describing the crash and recovery of a “flying disk.” Though they later retracted that statement and clarified the object was a weather balloon, skeptics have never been convinced that item wasn’t in fact a UFO.
French claims the military covered up what happened, which was actually a “shootdown.”
"The first one was shot down by an experimental U.S. airplane that was flying out of White Sands, N.M., and it shot what was effectively an electronic pulse-type weapon that disabled and took away all the controls of the UFO, and that's why it crashed,” he said.
"When they hit it with that electromagnetic pulse — bingo! — there goes all their electronics and, consequently, the UFO was uncontrollable," he added.
French, who has had a long career military intelligence, said he heard about the incident from another officer.
He said his source, who remains nameless, told him what had happened and said another alien craft crashed close by just a few days later.
French suspects the alien beings who piloted the second UFO crashed while trying to recover the ship.
“We think that the reason they were in there at that time was to try and recover parts and any survivors of the first crash,” he told the Huffington Post. “I'm [referring to] the people from outer space — the guys whose UFO it was."
French also added fuel to the conspiracy theory fire by claiming he’d seen proof of the alien aircraft.
"I had seen photographs of parts of the UFO that had inscriptions on it that looked like it was in an Arabic language — it was like a part number on each one of them. They were photographs in a folder that I just thumbed through."
While believers in alien life will surely embrace French’s story, it didn’t fly with at least one fellow former military officer.
Though Army Col. John Alexander doesn’t doubt the premise that these crafts exist — and he has lobbied senior government officials like Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to encourage members of the military to talk about it — he says the military couldn’t have brought down a flying saucer because the technology just wasn’t there.
“We couldn’t have done it then,” Alexander, now retired, told the Huffington Post. “No chance! Zero chance!”