“It’s a lot to think about” and “I am not convinced either way yet” were a couple of the comments made by the dozens who turned out Thursday morning for the first talk in the Modern Challenges to the Extraterrestrial Theory Conference at the Roswell Mall.
Guy Malone launched the speaker series that continues through Sunday with his talk “Roswell 1947: What Really Happened?”
He and the other presenters in the conference, one of several occurring during the UFO Festival this week, think that other explanations besides other-wordly beings visiting Earth exist for the Roswell Incident and other UFO sightings.
But Malone noted that the title of his talk has a question mark, not a period.
“I am not here claiming so much that I can document 100 percent exactly what happened, but I am showing you things that you probably had no idea were true in the ’40s and asking you, with this new knowledge, what you think could have actually happened in 1947,” he said.
Malone is the author of a published book “Come Sail Away” about UFO theory and scriptures. But the ideas he presented during his talk, first written down by him in 2002, did not have to do with religious views.
Drawing on his own and others’ research, he posited that the Roswell crash debris likely was a U.S. experimental aircraft based on German scientists’ designs. He said that the U.S. government secretly brought Nazi and German scientists to the United States after World War II in a classified project known as Operation Paperclip. He also said that it is now known that Germans had created prototypes of aircraft similar to the Stealth Bomber in the 1940s.
Malone added that many documents indicate that the German scientists worked in several U.S. military research programs, including ones at White Sands, not far from the 1947 crash site in Corona, and Wright Field, now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where the crash debris was taken in the days following its discovery.
Operation Paperclip, according to Malone’s research, was kept secret from the public, President Harry Truman and much of the federal government not only because policy and law prohibited the hiring of Nazis but also because the United States was engaged in the Cold War with the Soviet Union and fiercely guarded its military research activities.
Malone gave a similar explanation for the nature of the debris metal as described by witnesses, who said that it could be folded and bent but would snap back to its original shape. He showed a document which he says indicates that research on “memory metal” was occurring as early as the 1930s.
He also cast doubt on whether any bodies were discovered at the crash site. If there were, he said, it is possible that they were people with progeria or similar disorders, who often have elongated limbs, large heads and large eyes. He claimed that medical research on “unfortunates,” including those considered handicapped, was performed by U.S. and former Nazi scientists participating in aviation medical research with the aim of determining what pilots’ bodies could withstand.
“I consider my target audience for this lecture to be the undecided,” Malone said, later adding, “You are the jury now. You’ve heard this side now and what is popularly promoted.”
His talk did reach at least one of those undecided. Rodney Andrews of Columbia, Tennessee, in Roswell for his first UFO Festival, said he isn’t sure yet.
“I thought he took a select set of facts and examined it as best he could given those facts,” Andrews said. “There are still lots of questions.”
He said the debatable facts include the nature of the debris metal. He said he has read a book written by a woman who worked at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base who remembers a man who flirted with her and bragged about a piece of metal he said was from the crash debris. According to Andrews, the metal described by that woman in the book cannot be explained by the “memory metal” discussed by Malone, and Andrews added that he is unaware of any aviation uses for Nitinol or other known memory metals.
Another audience member said that she has a lot to consider now.
“I never heard this before,” said Maggie Caledon of Albuquerque, who indicated that she plans to attend other speakers’ series as well. “It makes sense.”
Information about the conference and other UFO Festival speakers can be found at ufofestivalroswell.com.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.