A memo written March 22, 1950, by Guy Hottel, an FBI special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office, is the most viewed memo in the FBI Vault, according to the bureau’s press release. (FBI Photo)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation posted a memo Wednesday of an interview taken in New Mexico from an Air Force investigator who reported recovering three flying saucers, each occupied by three small human-shaped bodies dressed in blackout suits.
The memo, dated March 22, 1950, was never investigated.
The FBI filed the typed page neatly away 63 years ago at its headquarters and “no further evaluation was attempted.”
So, what’s the big deal now?
According to the FBI, after its release in 2011 in “The Vault,” an electronic reading room containing some 6,700 other public documents, this memo is the most popular file in the system.
“Over the past two years, this file has been viewed nearly a million times,” according to the bureau. “Yet, it is only a single page, relaying an unconfirmed report that the FBI never even followed up on.”
Roswell UFO researcher Don Burleson said he was not surprised by the news.
“At the time, (the FBI’s) main role was interfacing with the Air Force,” Burleson said.
The FBI’s memo, which can be found at www.fbi.gov/news/stories, was written by Guy Hottel, FBI special-agent-in-charge at the time.
Like most memos written by the FBI, according to Burleson, the report was vague but described in detail what one informant apparently witnessed in New Mexico. Although the report is dated 1950, there is no way of knowing when the “recovery” took place, or where the incident occurred.
The investigator for the Air Force told the FBI at the time that the three flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were “circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter.”
Inside each saucer, “each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots,” according to the report.
The saucers were found in New Mexico because the government had a high-powered radar set-up in the area and it is believed the radar interfered with the controlling mechanism of the UFOs, the informant reported.
Burleson, Roswell’s director of the national Mutual UFO Network, said this description could fit either well-known incidents at Roswell and Aztec, where UFOs were suspected to have crash-landed. Both “crashes” were reported a few years earlier.
“They’re always pretty non-committal about these things,” Burleson said. “No government agency is going to come out and say, ‘Yes we know there were UFOs. We know there were retrievals.’ Nobody’s really ever going to say that.”
The FBI admits it did not spend much time investigating either New Mexico matter.
“For a few years after the Roswell incident, Director (J. Edgar) Hoover did order his agents — at the request of the Air Force — to verify any UFO sightings,” the FBI stated in Thursday’s release. “That practice ended in July 1950, four months after the Hottel memo. Suggesting that our Washington Field Office didn’t think enough of that flying saucer story to look into it.”
The FBI said the memo does not prove the existence of UFOs. It’s only a second- or third-hand claim … “that we never investigated.”
More recently, though, Burleson has been busy investigating several reports of strange lights over Albuquerque.
“We’ve had a number of sightings in Albuquerque recently,” he said. “I’ve got my field investigators working on those. They frequently turn out to not to be anything really dramatic, but we do follow up on everything.”
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