In all of UFO lore, there is no story that refuses to quietly disappear and die like the 1947 crash in Roswell, NM. Every couple of years you can always count on a new wave of TV shows, books, and “eyewitness” accounts to surface and contradict each other. Now a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. has come out and said that contrary to popular belief there were two alien craft that crashed at Roswell. Looks like it’s time for another Roswell Incident flap.
Lt. Col. Richard French claims that he has worn many hats over the years in his service to the USAF. Among those various jobs is that of fighter pilot (he also claims he holds the record for the most combat missions), a POW interrogator, creator of the Air to Ground gunnery program for Luke Air Force Base, and last but not least a UFO investigator working for Project Bluebook. He has decided now is the time to come clean about what he knows concerning the Roswell Incident. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, French claims that not only were there two UFO crashes, but that the U.S. military shot down one of them with a top secret weapon…
There were actually two crashes at Roswell, which most people don’t know. 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…When they hit it with that electromagnetic pulse — bingo! — there goes all their electronics and, consequently, the UFO was uncontrollable.
It must suck to travel light years across the vast gulf of infinite space only to have a bunch of stinky hairless apes shoot you down with their inexplicably advanced ray gun. French goes on to say that the second Roswell crash happened a couple of days after the first one just a few miles from the original crash site, presumably looking for their missing space buddies. French didn’t say whether or not a top secret government weapon was responsible for the second crash.
Army Col. John Alexander, another retired military officer who is active in the UFO community, has countered French’s claims by saying it simply wasn’t possible at the time…
In the 1980s, I was the guy developing all of the pulse-power weapons systems. We couldn’t have done it then. In the 60s, they had a laser system, but your range was extremely limited, and we didn’t have operational laser weapons in that time frame.
Before you start to put too much credence in Richard French’s claims, there are a couple of things you need to take into account. First of all, his Roswell story is not an eyewitness account. French learned the “facts” of the Roswell incident from a confidential source who worked at Whitesands,NM who wasn’t the pilot of the plane. So in essence, he heard if from a guy who heard it from a guy.
Secondly, if one were going to take down a hyper advanced alien space ship, you’d probably have to do it with something other than an EM pulse. In space, other than micro meteorites, the one thing you have to look out for are energetic events (solar flares, cosmic rays, etc.), so just by being a space ship in the first place, it’s a pretty safe bet that any aliens advanced enough to travel between solar systems has a pretty robust shield against such things. So unless there was a corresponding upper atmosphere nuclear explosion that somehow didn’t make the papers in 1947, I think the aliens would have been pretty safe from anything we could cook up.
Lastly, you have to consider what Lt. Col. French has been doing the past several years. French currently resides in Sedona, AZ, a well known New Age wonderland of psychics, tarot card readers and “vortex site” tours. Now I’m not saying that French is exactly a victim of his environment, but when you take into account that he wrote a fictionalized account of his life in 2003, in which the hero is a psychic fighter pilot who ends his story by (SPOILERS) being reincarnated, then maybe, just maybe, he either might be off his rocker or he’s just trying to sell some old copies of his book that are taking up space in his garage.
Whether or not you believe French, you can count on the fact that the Roswell story isn’t going away anytime soon. I’m pretty sure the tourism board of Roswell, NM is just fine with that, though.