Some people still doubt the Roswell UFO story due to insufficient reports on the matter, but a former Air Force official has recently stood up to assert there were actually two aircrafts that crashed on the site almost 65 years ago.
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Speaking to Huffington Post, retired lieutenant colonel Richard French said he was undergoing a test for the Air Force in nearby Alamagordo, N.M. when the UFO crashes took place.
"There were actually two crashes at Roswell, which most people don't know," said Mr French.
In July 1947, the Air Force issued a press release about the crash and recovery of a "flying disk." The Air Force subsequently issued a clarification, saying the object was only a high-altitude surveillance balloon, code-named "Mogul." Since then, conspiracy theories on extraterrestrial life surfaced, and the UFO in Roswell has become a big urban legend.
Mr French said the military altered their story to cover up 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."
Mr French did not directly witness the crashes. He said he heard about the incident from another officer. Mr French was also told by his unnamed source said another alien craft crashed just a few days later after the much publicized first crash.
Despite not seeing the two UFOs, Mr French said he had seen photos of the odd aircraft. He also suspects the alien beings controlling the second UFO were trying to recover the first ship.
"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," he said.
The Huffington Post described the revelations of Mr French as "especially remarkable" because Mr French had previously debunked UFO stories.