In July, 2009 .. I decided to do another few thousand mile “adventure” all over the Southwest with my nephew Brian and his wife, Angie. As I was visiting my friend, Kim, in Albuquerque, New Mexico .. I told them to meet me down in Roswell, and from there we could roll through White Sands into Arizona and beyond.
I’ve always wanted to visit Roswell .. for reasons many of you can already surmise. For those of you who’ve lived your entire lives like an Ostrich, with your heads buried in sand .. let me give you a brief summary of the intrigue associated with Roswell, New Mexico.
… he was flying an F-15 over Vietnam at nearly Mach 1 when he called in a “bogey” that suddenly appeared off his right wing. I stopped him mid-sentence and asked “by off your right wing .. how far are we talking about?” He immediately said “about 25 feet”.
In 1947, William “Mac” Brazel was a foreman on the Foster ranch, several miles outside Roswell, who discovered “unknown” wreckage debris .. and subsequently contacted Chaves County Sheriff George Wilcox. Sheriff Wilcox contacted Major Jesse Marcel of the Roswell Army Air Field, who described the debris as “nothing made on this earth”. After a comprehensive military sweep of the area, Maj. Marcel is the only person known to have accompanied the Roswell debris from where it was discovered to Ft. Worth, under the charge of General Roger M. Ramey, who then set in motion a series of cover-ups.
Walter Haut was the Roswell Army Air Field’s public affairs officer whose official statement indicated the debris was “an experimental high-altitude surveillance balloon belonging to a classified program called Mogul”. Further accounts suggest alien bodies and craft debris was shipped to Edwards Air Force Base, CA and the infamous “Area 51”.. never to be seen again. Walter Haut later recanted his story and admitted to his involvement in a cover-up, as well as actually seeing alien corpses and craft.
Julie Shuster, is Haut’s daughter and is the Director of the International UFO Museum in Roswell. She has vouched for her father’s recantation affidavit and has been instrumental in assisting with the Syfy Channel’s independent archaeological dig and plans for a newly designed Museum. The new museum will have what appears to be a flying saucer crashing into the roof of the building .. totally cool.
As I spent hours in the Museum investigating all the incredible pictures and artifacts, an older gentleman approached me, introduced himself, and said it was obvious I was engrossed in the many displays by the number of photos I was taking. He generously offered to give me a “personal” tour of the facility .. and as a retired jet pilot during the Vietnam “conflict”, who had actually grown up in the area, he was now working for the museum.
He told me about the time he was flying an F-15 over Vietnam at nearly Mach 1 (the fighter had a top speed of Mach 2.7) when he called in a “bogey” that suddenly appeared off his right wing. I stopped him mid-sentence and asked “by off your right wing .. how far are we talking about?” He immediately said “about 25 feet”. Bear in mind, he was traveling at an incredible speed and this craft was parked right next to him. He said the “object” had an orange glow to it .. much like the tint of Grandma’s old lamp shade .. not too bright .. rather dim and fuzzy. All of a sudden this “bogey” disappeared in what he described as “not a normal tactical maneuver .. it shot straight up and out of sight in a blink of an eye”. This particular “sighting” was one of the documented cases presented at the museum .. and he was the pilot who called it in.
One of the most intriguing photographs displayed, among the many, was a Polaroid shot of a “UFO” hovering over a field .. shot through the window of a truck in Santa Ana, California by a county highway inspector in 1965. I have a lot of friends out there .. and this shot just caught my attention. I photographed his picture and the specifics printed below it .. intending to ask some of my friends in CA about it the next time I rode out.
Well .. it wasn’t too many weeks later that I found myself in southern California again .. and, naturally, I always have my laptop on me loaded with over 52,000 photos. This isn’t counting the boxes of discs full of pics of “adventures” I’ve stored over the years. By coincidence .. after attending a live theater production at UCI (University of California, Irvine) where I was elated to “meet & greet” some of the big-name Hollywood cast members at the after-party .. I met a very unique UCI faculty member who had grown up in the area. Her name is Emilie Weir.
I couldn’t help but bring up the story of my recent trip to the Roswell Museum and mentioned the shot taken by a Santa Ana county employee that was posted on the wall of the museum. In he middle of my “excited” description of what I’d seen .. she grabbed my arm and said “let me stop you right there .. I’ll finish this story” …
To my amazement .. she proceeded to tell me that back in 1965 she and a girlfriend were traveling north through Irving on what now has become the traffic nightmare known as the 405. Back then, it was still heavily traveled but it was only two lanes and quite often there was congestion. Suddenly .. traffic was backed up and cars were pulled over by the side of the road .. they immediately thought there must have been an accident and they would be tied up for an undetermined amount of time.
Simultaneously, they both looked out the passenger window .. and you can imagine what they saw. Yep .. that exact same “UFO” hovering a hundred feet above the ground .. quiet as can be and steady as a rock. People were getting out of their cars .. and the county worker’s Polaroid shot made it into the local newspaper. That object, too .. disappeared in the blink of an eye. Interesting to note .. this particular spot was right next to what once was the El Toro Marine Base.
As a final note of interest .. the ex fighter pilot told me that the extensive, independent archeological dig sponsored by the SyFy channel recovered twenty “brown paper bags” of evidence at the crash site .. somehow missed by the military’s comprehensive sweep years earlier. To this day .. 17 of the 20 bags have yet to be identified as any earthly material known.
I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed .. but I’ve always been convinced that we have never been “alone”. So “beam me up, Scotty” .. there’s one more “adventure” I’ll be more than happy to write about. That is .. if any of you dare to believe me when I do …
Until next time .. ride smart .. ride safe
and the Adventure continues …