A glimpse into Col. Corso’s never released original notes

Here’s a sneak peek into some of the information contained in the never published diary of Colonel Philip Corso, “Dawn of a New Age.” Open Minds Production has obtained permission to post the unedited original manuscript, it will be available on our website Friday, May 21st, 2010.

Col. Corso's original manuscript, titled "Dawn of a New Age".
Col. Corso's original manuscript, titled "Dawn of a New Age".

As reported in “Dawn of a New Age,” in 1957 colonel Philip J. Corso had a face-to-face encounter and a telepathic conversation with an Extraterrestrial Biological Entity (EBE) while he was stationed at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. This is by far the most controversial of Corso’s many statements. Interestingly enough, this encounter was never mentioned in Corso’s bestseller, The Day After Roswell.

In order to evaluate the credibility of Corso’s alleged encounter, we had to first ascertain if Corso was really at the White Sands proving ground in 1957. We were able to assess Corso’s military career records through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (see and confirm that he was in fact a Battalion Commander from October 1957 to September 1958 in various Army Nike missiles battery installations. During this time, White Sands was the largest military base in the United States and the nerve center of the Southwestern defense system.

Corso refers to the alleged encounter in his diary as occurring one hot day in late summer of 1957 while he was inspecting the radar station connected to the White Sands range launching ramps. Corso was informed that an unknown blip had appeared on the radar screen. The unit followed the radar object’s track until it suddenly vanished from the screen. Theoretically, if one excludes a hyper/space jump, the reason for the disappearance could be either a crash impact or a crash landing. That’s exactly what Corso thought occurred and he quickly figured out the coordinates of the possible incident location in the high New Mexico desert.

In the original manuscript of “Dawn of a New Age,” Corso mentions the event several times at random, giving the reader the impression that the episode had a fundamental importance in his life.

Maurizio Baita (left) receiving documents from Colonel Corso (right).
Maurizio Baiata (left) receiving documents from Colonel Corso (right).

In a chapter entitled “Nine Clearances Above Top Secret” [page 27] we can read, “During my military career at one time or another, I counted nine clearances above Top Secret granted to me… Twice while I was in command of missile units, the radar picked up and locked on objects traveling and accelerating over 3000 mph once in New Mexico 1957 and once in Germany in 1958. On both occasions, I was instructed to destroy the tape recordings and forget the incidents. However, I did not destroy the 1957 tape”.

On page 156, Corso writes, “… Red Canyon is part of White Sands, and south of Los Alamos. The crash was only a few miles from my command post. I was the Senior Commander and made all military decisions. Red Canyon was in the desert 140 miles from Ft. Bliss and 100 miles from Roswell.”

Corso finally describes the event in full details in the chapter “A New World if You can Take It” on page 159. Having calculated the trajectory and the point of impact, Corso flew over the area on a small military plane with a young lieutenant pilot. When they reached the site they saw “a shiny saucer shaped object on the ground,” that Corso interpreted as a missile booster.

Two days later, Corso decided to go back to the same site, this time driving alone in his jeep.

Col. Corso at his desk in the Pentagon in the 60's.
Col. Corso at his desk in the Pentagon in the 60's.

The encounter happened in a cave in an abandoned gold mine out in the desert, only a few miles from the range area. Corso perceived a strange presence at the bottom of the cave. There was a humanoid figure that appeared transparent in the dark. Corso felt his mind was connected to that being’s mind. The core of the telepathic connection was reached when the being asked him, “Will you give me 10 minutes, radar free, after green time?” (Green time is a military term for a launch time window.)

Being commanding officer of the radar station, Corso was in power to ask his men to block the radar/missile system and to allow the takeoff of the alien’s flying object that landed in the desert. Corso communicated back to the EBE: “Ten minutes could be an eternity, what do you offer?” The being replied, “A new world if you can take it.”

Without hesitation, Corso left the cave, walked to the jeep and called range headquarters by radio, asking them to make sure that after the “green time” procedure the radars were put in hold for 10 minutes. The radar unit promptly executed the order. The radars must have cleared the way for the UFO to take off, because when Corso arrived at the range, Captain Williams reported that their D-battery locked on for a minute on an object 50 miles out, traveling 3000 mph.

Now, if a UFO was plotted by the White Sands radars, the matter had to be classified top secret and it had to be handled accordingly. Corso had the highest security clearance and he decided to inspect the incident unaccompanied. His taking the responsibility to act alone corresponded with the security procedure under the circumstances.

In the absence of any confirmation by other witnesses, anyone can object and reject Corso’s account. However, if what Corso is claiming is truthful, even 53 years ago flying saucers were not invulnerable at all—at least at close range—once detected by radar. They could malfunction and they could crash.

Access Corso’s full manuscript, “Dawn of a New Age,” here.

Maurizio Baiata

Maurizio is an investigative reporter, magazine editor and UFO researcher He started his journalistic activity in the late Sixties as a free lance journalist and then editor of several Rock Italian magazines, reaching the peak of his career as Editor in chief of "Rolling Stone" magazine’s Italian edition. In 1981 he moved to New York working as radio correspondent for the Italian state network RAI and then becoming editor-cultural page of the daily newspaper “Il Progresso Italo Americano”. Seven years later Baiata moved back to Italy and concentrated on UFO research, focusing on the Roswell incident. He produced many documentaries with large diffusion through all media and released the Autopsy Footage in 1995. In 1997 he published two books of the late Col. Philip Corso, “The Day After Roswell” and “Dawn of a New Age” (Corso’s original diary never published elsewhere). In Italy Baiata directed “Notiziario UFO", "UFO Network", “Dossier Alieni”, "Stargate"”Area 51” and “X Times” and two multimedia encyclopedias: “UFO Dossier X” and "Stargate - Enigmi dal Cosmo". He has presented at numerous lectures worldwide, including two appearances at the International UFO Congress in Laughlin.

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  1. I’m looking forward to reading this as well. Today is May 21st and I couldn’t locate it on this site. If you could send me the link, I would appreciate it very much. Thank you. — K. Wilson

  2. Long overdue! Thank you Open Minds for getting this out. Corso’s story is undervalued in the UFO community.

  3. my grandfather was stationed in white sands new mexico, he was a radar technician on the nike/ajax missile project, they would track old school remote controlled planes and shoot them down after they manually locked onto the target via radar information. He had told me when I was a kid that they had tracked an object within our atmosphere at a speed of 2500-3000 miles an hour. That story always stuck out in my mind. In 2013 he was eighty years old. He knew he didnt have a lot of time left on this earth. I finally got the balls too ask him what he really saw. What he said matches this other mans story, My grandfather said they tracked the object until it disappeared suddenly off the radar. He told me it crashed west of were they were stationed. His said it was a mountain area. There was another time, in which he explained that one crashed basically in plain sight. He described it as a ball of light, blinking in and out, each time it blinked it lost altitude. He said on the final blink it was less the 500 feet from the ground, he said at that point you could see the it was on fire. He said it blink out again, and reappeared on the ground. He said there was four aliens, 3 dead or really fucked up and one walking around kinda of out of it. He said barry goldwater came on the scene. At the time goldwater was a genereal in the airforce. My grandfather was in the army. He later got out of the army and retired from the department of defense. My grandmother came into the room, and tried too shoot him down. My grandfather said he didnt care anymore as far as the threat of someone hurting him. He knew he was in his last years. My grandmother proceeded too tell me that she was taking a woman home from church and the car suddenly died, she said it was like something draing the power from the head lights, she walked a mile back too the church and called my grandfather ” He its ok Rosie, Thats what they do, by the time you get back too the car it should be fine” My grandmother said she went back and started the car like nothing happened. My grandfather went too the hospital walking and talking just for a checkup. Later that day they admitted him. 5 days later he was dead. Something is wrong with that picture. But that is the truth. take it or leave it.

  4. My father Jim Cypher had the manuscript for a different book altogether. Corso had Sen. Thurmond write the foreward for that book which wasn’t published, but was re-used for The Day After Roswell.

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