Sunday, January 10, 2016
Little Green Men
Stamped on the back, "OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH U. S. AIR FORCE WALKER A.F.B. ROSWELL N. M."
Walker Air Force Base started out as the Roswell Army Flying School on September 20 1941. Good timing or good planning? It was pretty obvious that the United States would be drawn into the war, and the Roosevelt administration had already begun planning for the conflict. A peace time draft, civil defense planning, weapons development, and, of course, the opening of bases and training facilities. In '42, there was a bit of a status upgrade as the flying school became Roswell Army Air Field. In 1947, after the war, and with the creation of a separate Air Force, it became Roswell Air Force Base, and the following year, it was renamed in honor of General Kenneth Newton Walker who had died in a bombing raid over Rabaul, New Britain, Papua New Guinea. In 1967, Walker Air Force Base was closed. The Vietnam War was pulling too much money from the defense department budget, and things had to be cut.
Of course, the base's greatest claim to fame was a crashed weather balloon. For reasons no one has ever really understood, people became convinced that the balloon was actually a crashed UFO. For the record, I do believe that there is intelligent life on other planets. The real question is, have they visited earth. Let's just say that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and I have yet to see that proof. I'd love to be proved wrong, but until then, I'm going with weather balloon.
Now, why no uniforms? Perhaps they're scientists doing the alien autopsy. I saw it on Fox!