Let's start off with a definition, just to clarify what we're discussing here. I guess the catch-all definition would be, 'if it's in the sky and you don't know what it is, it's a UFO.' There! That out to cover it.

But, what exactly did crash in near Roswell, New Mexico in the summer of 1947? Well, the answer depends upon who you ask. The story gets very muddy once the RAAF (Roswell Army Air Field) was called in and has only become more convoluted over time.

It was 66 years ago that wreckage was discovered on the Foster homestead in Roswell, New Mexico. The debris was discovered by a Foster homestead foreman by the name of William Brazel. Brazel told the Roswell Daily Record that he and his son saw a "large area of bright wreckage made up of rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough paper and sticks."He paid little attention to it but returned on July 4 with his son, wife and daughter to gather up the material.

The original story, as reported by the Roswell Daily Record would hardly be considered sensational.

The balloon which held it up, if that was how it worked, must have been 12 feet long, [Brazel] felt, measuring the distance by the size of the room in which he sat. The rubber was smoky gray in color and scattered over an area about 200 yards in diameter. When the debris was gathered up, the tinfoil, paper, tape, and sticks made a bundle about three feet long and 7 or 8 inches thick, while the rubber made a bundle about 18 or 20 inches long and about 8 inches thick. In all, he estimated, the entire lot would have weighed maybe five pounds. There was no sign of any metal in the area which might have been used for an engine, and no sign of any propellers of any kind, although at least one paper fin had been glued onto some of the tinfoil. There were no words to be found anywhere on the instrument, although there were letters on some of the parts. Considerable Scotch tape and some tape with flowers printed upon it had been used in the construction. No strings or wires were to be found but there were some eyelets in the paper to indicate that some sort of attachment may have been used.

The now-famous 'government' memo that states that a UFO had been recovered from Roswell was proven to be a hoax as far back as 1952. The notorious memo is just one of many massive holes that riddle the Roswell rumors.

But...According to the definition we set forth at the beginning of this article; Have you ever seen a UFO? Well, I have. In fact, I've seen two things I just can't explain. Here's what I saw:

I was about 13 or 14 and living in Texas when I saw the first 'UFO.' My family and I were on our way home from dinner when my dad pointed out a large glowing orb hovering over the football field of a local school. We turned in to the parking lot and walked onto the football field and watched the orb for about 10 minutes. The object appeared to be a few hundred yards overhead and didn't move or emit any sounds. In fact, it didn't do anything at all.

I decided we should go home (about two blocks away) and get my friend Pat to bring his telescope so we could see it better. My dad agreed and we took off for home.

As luck would have it, Pat wasn't home but his folks said he would be right back so I went back to the football field. The object was still in the same place and, as far as I could tell, hadn't moved or changed in any way. I watched it for about 15 minutes and headed back to pick up Pat.

Pat was waiting in his yard, telescope in hand so we took off to the school once again. The entire transaction took maybe 3 minutes, but when we got back to the school, the object was gone. It had completely vanished.

We drove around the entire area and there was nothing to be seen. Now, how could an object that had been stationary and in the same place for a good 30 minutes be nowhere to be found? You got me!

Do I think it was from 'outer space?' No. I just don't know what it was. I'm glad I wasn't by myself when I first saw it, because no one would believe it!

So, how about you? Have you ever seen a 'UFO?'


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