Flying Saucer Recovered at Aztec, N.M.sam
by Scott Ramsey, Suzanne Ramsey, and Frank Thayer
Patrolling the pre-dawn darkness, a policeman on a lonely road in northwestern New Mexico looked through his windshield, shocked at seeing a massive glowing disc only 100 feet above his vehicle. The disc appeared to be in trouble, wobbling as it flew soundlessly above him.
A few minutes later, a goat rancher doing early chores saw the same disc passing low over his property. He said he saw it taking a course straight north. Suddenly the disc collided with the bluff of a mesa, and the rancher saw a shower of sparks. He was astounded because there was no crash. The disc kept flying! It went over the top of the mesa, still unsteady and wobbling.[ad name=”AdSense Responsive”]
The rancher decided he had to report this sighting, but he had no telephone. Telephones were rare in post-WWII New Mexico, and so he quickly went to a store in the little town of Blanco, close to his ranch, where a telephone was available to area residents 24 hours a day. As a patriot and WWII veteran, he knew he had to report this event to the Air Force. It was so important that he made a long distance call to Albuquerque and Kirtland Air Force Base.
The disc was still barely airborne, in distress but traveling True North. In the darkness, the massive disc made a controlled landing on a mesa near Aztec, N.M., setting down, slightly tilted, edge down in the silt on the rocky flat surface. The glow faded when the saucer came to rest. Even though the landing site was almost 12 miles from the town of Aztec, the spectacle had caught the attention of rural residents, and because there were oil drip tanks at the base of the mesa, smoke from an unrelated fire of burning scrub trees and brush was alarming to the oil company.
A young oilfield worker and his foreman were dispatched to the mesa in order to protect the oil tanks, and they found a frightening sight. The tanks at the bottom of the mesa were not in danger, but smoke was rising at the mesa top in the grey of dawn. The men were faced with an unworldly vision as they walked up onto the tabletop of the hill. The worker has since passed away, but he was extensively interviewed in 1995. He was up close and personal with a flying saucer, actually having the courage to walk on the surface of the gleaming disc to get close to a dome at its center. Doug Noland said, “The windows or portholes looked like mirrors…one of the portholes was busted.” Looking through that hole “the size of a quarter,” he recalled that he saw two bodies slumped over what appeared to be a control panel.
It was through this small hole that a long pole or rod was inserted and ultimately pushed large button inside the saucer that opened it up.
The event made such an impression that Noland remembered the size of the disc, and its flat, tapered surface, very thin at the edge and thicker toward the center where a slight dome bulged at the top and at the bottom of the disc, the bottom dome causing it to lie askew on the mesa.
The workers found themselves among 16 people who were now gathered at Hart Canyon mesa as dawn broke. Everyone was amazed and perplexed. Was this some secret weapon of the United States or was it from somewhere else? The policeman who followed the disc earlier was among the crowd milling around. The courageous or foolhardy oil workers walked on it or stood close to it, despite the warnings from older, more cautious observers. Others milling around the scene included area ranchers, a county commissioner, a Baptist preacher, and two policemen.
A few hours later the military arrived to take charge of the scene. They separated and debriefed the spectators, none of whom had left the scene, swearing each one to secrecy for the sake of national security.
The incident itself is amazing, but research has uncovered the rest of the incredible true story. The military dismantled the undamaged disc and secretly transported it southeast to Los Alamos National Laboratories, one of the most secure locations on the continent. The call went out to nine of America’s top scientists, and they gathered hurriedly to study the craft, its structure, its propulsion, and the 16 small, dead crew members found inside the disc.
By 1949, these scientists thought it imperative that the public learn about this recovered saucer and what it meant to the history of mankind. They approached Frank Scully, a prominent author and columnist of the day, and told him the whole story.
Scully wrote a best-selling book describing the Aztec saucer, hiding only the names of the scientists. Of them he wrote “Men who talked freely in the summer of 1949 wouldn’t tell their story for $20,000,000 by the summer of 1950.” The iron curtain of secrecy was descending.
For many years, the story of the Aztec saucer landing and recovery languished until researchers such as William Steinman and Scott Ramsey went back to Aztec and reconstructed the full details of the incident.
It was Scott Ramsey who met and interviewed two of the workers who had been on the mesa with the saucer in 1948. He secured the first-person witness accounts of what happened that day. Ramsey spent almost three decades following every lead and talking to every person who might have corroborating evidence for any part of the story, from those who were present at the crash site, through the military recovery and cover up that followed. Thirty years of research has now led to the inescapable conclusion that the Aztec saucer was an historic reality, and in 2000, a plaque was erected on Hart Canyon mesa to commemorate the recovery of an extraterrestrial craft in March 1948.
Over the years, some have attempted, without researching the event, to declaim it as a hoax, one even engineering charges against two men who refused to identify the secret scientists who first leaked the story to an author in 1950. Those writers who have tried to dismiss the Aztec Incident have done no research and have never visited the mesa where the disc actually landed.
The honor roll of actual researchers include Frank Scully (1950), William Steinman (1986), and now the Ramseys and Frank Thayer. They have all welded a chain of evidence proving beyond argument that an undamaged 100-foot flying saucer settled on to Hart Canyon Mesa on March 25, 1948. The whereabouts of this disc and the bodies of its unfortunate crew is unknown, the information being still Above Top Secret and not accessible to the American public. American readers deserve to know the truth.
Scott Ramsey, Suzanne Ramsey, and Frank Thayer are the authors of “The Aztec UFO Incident,” published by New Page and scheduled for release December 15, 2015, ISBN # 978-1632650016. List price is $17.95