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Roswell expert responds to Russian espionage theory


The Roswell Crash of 1947 was a Crashed Russian Craft

Area 51 book cover
Area 51 book cover

The long rumored crash of a craft of unknown origin outside of Roswell, New Mexico in July of 1947 has just been solved. The US government was wrong. The US Army Air Corps was wrong. The US Air Force was wrong. And more amazing, over 500 witnesses directly or indirectly involved were wrong! The latest “theory of the month” has been proposed by author, Annie Jacobsen in her just released book about Area 51 and a single addendum about Roswell which for some reason is getting all forms of media attention. I will limit my response to address strictly the Roswell Incident of 1947.

Simply put, this represents another classic example of lazy journalism at its worst and investigative malpractice at its finest. I recall when the Air Force was planning on the Pentagon release of their “fifth” official explanation for the Roswell case. It was reported to us that the new “theory” was what actually crashed was a Russian flying wing with a …..get this……crew of monkeys in silver jump suits. The story would continue that the fiery crash would burn off all their hair and leave all the witnesses bewildered as to what they truly were. We immediately sent off a FAX to Washington just asking one question: “Which monkey was flying?” End of story. And the same applies here.

The mere suggestion that the Soviets captured a Horton Brothers “flying wing” at the fall of Berlin in 1945 (mind you, none were operational at that time and they were mainly constructed of wood), manned it with 13 year-old mutants created by German scientist Joseph Mengele as to appear “alien”, flew all the way from Russia, intended to crash in New Mexico, the heart of the most militarily sensitive territory in the world, to “scare us.” To say totally absurd would be an under statement.

Don Schmitt signing books at the 2011 International UFO Congress. (image credit: Peter Beste)
Don Schmitt signing books at the 2011 International UFO Congress. (image credit: Peter Beste)

The German brothers, Walter and Reimar Horton experimented with flying wings in much the same way that Jack Northrop did in California during the 1930s. Historically, all of the NAZI prototypes were destroyed by American forces at the fall of Berlin – so they would not fall into the hands of the Soviets. The only Horton H.IX to survive is now kept at the Smithsonian in Washington.

Writer Jacobsen claims that the Soviets created mutants to resemble the Martians described by H.G. Welles in War of the Worlds. Jacobsen should know that Welles modeled them from earthly octopus. That, and the fact that the Russians never did capture Mengele paints an illustration of pure fiction.

The author states that Area 51 was named due to her one lone anonymous source’s claim that the crashed craft and children were moved there from Wright Patterson in 1951. In reality, Nevada is divided into sections and the facility just happens to be in Section 51.

We have presented and named in our bestselling book Witness to Roswell, and previous books since 1991, hundreds of eyewitnesses who were actually there. Witnesses who right up to their deathbeds swore that what had crashed, what they held in their hands, and the bodies they loaded into ambulance trucks, were not from this world. These are all ignored by the US national media because it can’t be therefore it isn’t. Anything but UFOs is alright with these so-called guardians and keepers of the truth. Except, when it applies to Roswell – the truth be damned no matter how ridiculous the alternative “theory.” We chose to present the facts as presented to us by the truth bearers – the participants.

In recent weeks, we have all observed dozens of versions of what took place during the raid which killed Osama bin Laden. Have any of us noticed that none of these accounts come from the actual participants? For the same reason in the past twenty years we have focused on the people who were there….not the so-called “truth” that some journalist or government official wants us to believe. Eyewitnesses send people to prison and serve as the staple for our judicial system for a reason. I can solve every crime ever committed by just siting at my computer and throwing out “theories.” It’s up to us as objective, free thinking, rational individuals to examine the evidence and decide which carries the greatest weight. Over 500 witnesses can’t all be wrong and would certainly win hands-down in any courtroom throughout America.

And so I have just one question for Ms. Jacobsen regarding her new “magic bullet” solution to Roswell after we obviously have wasted all of our time and effort all these years – Which of the 13 year-olds was flying?

I just thought I would ask.

Don Schmitt has an article in the June/July issue of Open Minds Magazine which covers the remarkable amount of eye witness testimony regarding an alien survivor at Roswell. For more on Don visit his website at:

Don Schmitt

Don Schmitt is the former co-director of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies, where he served as Director of Special Investigations for ten years. Prior to that, he was a special investigator for the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek and the art director for the International UFO Reporter. Schmitt is the author of dozens of articles about UFOs, as well as the co-author of two best-selling books, UFO CRASH AT ROSWELL, Avon 1991, best-selling Witness to Roswell, New Page, NJ, 2007, and The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell, published by M. Evans, 1994.

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