Former Air Force officer says more than one UFO crashed at Roswell

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

Whether you believe it or not, it's pretty apparent that after more than six decades of conspiracy theories, tales of a UFO crash in Roswell, N.M., in 1947 aren't going away anytime soon. But now there's a new twist to the legend, thanks to a former Air Force officer who claims he knows there were actually two crashes.

Richard French served nearly 30 years in the United States Air Force before retiring as a leiutenant colonel. He served in military intelligence in various capacities and was in New Mexico in 1947 when the Roswell incident took place. He actually served in Project Blue Book, the Air Force UFO investigation that debunked Roswell, and says it was once his job to come up with logical explanations for UFO sightings on behalf of the United States government. But now he claims he knew all along that Roswell wasn't just a weather balloon.

First, French claims that not only did a UFO crash at Roswell, but it was brought down by an experimental Air Force weapon.

"The first one was shot down by an experimental U.S. airplane that was flying out of White Sands, N.M., and it shot what was effectively an electronic pulse-type weapon that disabled and took away all the controls of the UFO, and that's why it crashed," French said.

But that's not the end of the story. According to French, a second spacecraft showed up a few days later.

"It was within a few miles of where the original crash was," French said. "We think that the reason they were in there at that time was to try and recover parts and any survivors of the first crash. I'm [referring to] the people from outer space—the guys whose UFO it was."

French wasn't at either crash site. He credits his information to an anonymous military source, but he also says he caught a glimpse of one of the crashed ships in a file folder.

"I had seen photographs of parts of the UFO that had inscriptions on it that looked like it was in an Arabic language—it was like a part number on each one of them," he said. "They were photographs in a folder that I just thumbed through."

Of course, some find it hard to believe French's story. Antonio Huneeus, a UFO investigator with three decades of experience, says he can't even find evidence that French worked in any Air Force UFO investigations, and questions his memory.

"My reservations are about some of the claims that he makes, and because of his age, his memory isn't as good as it used to be," Huneeus said. "It's clear to me that he's fairly well read on the subject of UFOs, or he might have heard stories or talked to people. So, I'm trying to separate exactly what he lived and saw directly from what he heard and read."

But even six decades later, French says he knows the truth.

"It's going on today," he said. "There's no question about it. I've listened to their denials many times and, at that time, I was in direct opposition to their position. In my mind, there wasn't any question that UFOs were real."

(via Huffington Post)