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1948-Aztec, New Mexico Crash

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UFO Depiction

UFO Depiction

B J Booth

Summary:

During the early days of science fiction and flying saucers, a book was released by author Frank Scully. "Behind the Flying Saucers" was deemed by many serious UFO students as mostly fiction, based loosely on eyewitness accounts, and more than anything else, a way to get on the gravy train of UFO books being published at that time. He listed four crash cases in his book, and one of those was a case that supposedly occurred in Aztec, New Mexico in 1948. This crash allegedly took place only shortly after the famous Roswell crash of 1947.

Mysterious Dr. Gee:

Scully claims that his "inside" information came from a man he identified as Dr. Gee. This mysterious informant may have been a real person who was fabricating UFO stories, or possibly an alter-ego of Scully's. Whatever the case, there is no reliable reference for the account of an Aztec, New Mexico UFO that measured exactly 99.99 feet in diameter. Naturally, the craft's light-weight exterior was a shiny, metallic material.

Disc-Shaped Craft:

No matter how they tried, researchers could not make a dent in this other-worldly material. The craft had to be from outer space. The craft also possessed metallic rings on it, which rotated around a central room, allegedly the navigational bridge of the ship. The mysterious outer hull was all one piece, it seems, since no indication of "piecing together" could be seen. The investigative team did manage to find a port hole through which they pushed a long pole, gaining entrance into the UFO.

16 Dead Humanoids:

Scully tells us that the investigators found a knob which, when turned, uncovered a hidden door. Going through into a secret room, they found the bodies of 16 small, dead alien beings. Evidently, a fire had ended their lives, charring their small bodies. Their heights varied from 36-42 inches. The framework of the ship could now be seen, but only from the inside.

Wright-Patterson AFB:

The team of researchers loaded all of the debris, dead alien bodies, and the craft itself, and sent them to Ohio's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, famous for being a disposal for alien bodies. One witness did come to the public to support Scully's claims. He was William Steinman, who backed up the story in 1987, claiming that he had proof of three separate radar confirmations of the UFO. He gave nothing to support his claims, and was soon forgotten.

More Evidence Needed:

There was one discrepancy between the Steiman and Scully account. Whereas Scully's story listed the dead alien count at 16, Steiman gave the number as only 14. Neither of these claims has ever been corroborated, and the case rests there. Is there some truth to this bizarre tale? Or is it just a story concocted to sell books?

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