ROSWELL: What exactly did Brazel find?

Mark Grant (
Mon, 14 Jul 1997 15:36:03 +0100 (BST)

Ok, here's Brazel's original testimony (for those who've avoided the issue
so far, Brazel is the rancher who found the 'alien debris') from the
Roswell Daily Record archive at:

Now remember, this is testimony direct from another of the Roswell
Industry's main witnesses... without Brazel and Marcel (the Air Force
officer who later collected the 'alien debris') there would be no story.


[See Thru Spaceship] Roswell Daily Record for July 9, 1947

Harassed Rancher Who Located 'Saucer' Sorry He Told
About It


W. W. Brazel, 48, Lincoln county rancher living 30 miles south of Corona,
today told his story of finding what the army at first described as a flying
disk, but the publicity which attended his find caused him to add that if he
ever found anything else short of a bomb, he sure wasn't going to say
anything about it.

Brazel was brought here late yesterday by W. E. Whitmore, of radio station
KGFL, had his picture taken and gave an interview to the Record and Jason
Kellahin, sent here from the Albuquerque bureau of the Associated Press to
cover the story. The picture he posed for was sent out over AP telephoto
wire sending machine specially set up in the Record office by R. D. Adair,
AP wire chief sent here from Albuquerque for the sole purpose of getting out
his picture and that of sheriff George Wilcox, to whom Brazel originally
gave the information of his find.

Brazel related that on June 14 he and an 8-year old son, Vernon, were about
7 or 8 miles from the ranch house of the J. B. Foster ranch, which he
operates, when they came upon a large area of bright wreckage made up on
rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough paper and sticks.

At the time Brazel was in a hurry to get his round made and he did not pay
much attention to it. But he did remark about what he had seen and on July 4
he, his wife, Vernon and a daughter, Betty, age 14, went back to the spot
and gathered up quite a bit of the debris.

The next day he first heard about the flying disks, and he wondered if what
he had found might be the remnants of one of these.

Monday he came to town to sell some wool and while here he went to see
sheriff George Wilcox and "whispered kinda confidential like" that he might
have found a flying disk.

Wilcox got in touch with the Roswell Army Air Field and Maj. Jesse A. Marcel
and a man in plain clothes accompanied him home, where they picked up the
rest of the pieces of the "disk" and went to his home to try to reconstruct

According to Brazel they simply could not reconstruct it at all. They tried
to make a kite out of it, but could not do that and could not find any way
to put it back together so that it could fit.

Then Major Marcel brought it to Roswell and that was the last he heard of it
until the story broke that he had found a flying disk.

Brazel said that he did not see it fall from the sky and did not see it
before it was torn up, so he did not know the size or shape it might have
been, but he thought it might have been about as large as a table top. The
balloon which held it up, if that was how it worked, must have been about 12
feet long, he felt, measuring the distance by the size of the room in which
he sat. The rubber was smoky gray in color and scattered over an area about
200 yards in diameter.

When the debris was gathered up the tinfoil, paper, tape, and sticks made a
bundle about three feet long and 7 or 8 inches thick, while the rubber made
a bundle about 18 or 20 inches long and about 8 inches thick. In all, he
estimated, the entire lot would have weighed maybe five pounds.

There was no sign of any metal in the area which might have been used for an
engine and no sign of any propellers of any kind, although at least one
paper fin had been glued onto some of the tinfoil.

There were no words to be found anywhere on the instrument, although there
were letters on some of the parts. Considerable scotch tape and some tape
with flowers printed upon it had been used in the construction.

No strings or wire were to be found but there were some eyelets in the paper
to indicate that some sort of attachment may have been used.

Brazel said that he had previously found two weather observation balloons on
the ranch, but that what he found this time did not in any way resemble
either of these.

"I am sure that what I found was not any weather observation balloon," he
said. "But if I find anything else besides a bomb they are going to have a
hard time getting me to say anything about it."


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So, in other words, the famous 'flying disk' was made from "rubber strips,
tinfoil, a rather tough paper and sticks", held together by "considerable
scotch tape and some tape with flowers printed upon it" (the latter oddly
reminiscent of the flowery tape which was used on the Mogul balloons) and
"there were letters on some of the parts". The only debatable section is
at the very end; I'm not sure how similar the Mogul balloons were to a
standard weather balloon.

Now, tell me how many self-respecting aliens are going to fly across the
galaxy in a 'flying disk' held together by *scotch tape*? And when did
they build a scotch tape factory on Zeta Reticuli?

Note that most of the Roswell Industry's later reports claim the 'alien
wreckage' crashed between July 2nd and July 4th. Brazel's find occured on
*June 14th* ... and was so unremarkable that they didn't bother going back
to look at it for *three weeks*!!!!! Clearly Brazel's find, *the only
documented find at Roswell* could not be related to those reported crashes
unless the saucer hovered around for three weeks before finally crashing.

BTW, the infamous picture of Marcel with the debris he recovered from
the ranch is available at:

Unfortunately the link for the full-size image doesn't work; I've mailed
them about it so hopefully they'll fix it soon.


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