Did aliens land in Roswell, New Mexico, 66 years ago? We don’t have evidence of aliens, but we do have the schematics for a flying saucer.
This is a real report found recently in the National Archives by an archives technician processing 100 boxes of Air Force reports.
“What caught my eye was the icon of the saucer-looking shape,” he explains. The icon—a blue saucer over a red arrow—was in the corner of test flight reports and contracts with a Canadian company. And the strangest record of all? A drawing that Rhodes says “looked just like the flying saucer in the popular science fiction films made during those years.”
According to the report, the aircraft was designed to be a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) plane. It was meant to reach a top speed of Mach 4, with a ceiling of over 100,000 feet and a range of over 1,000 nautical miles.
On April 17, 1961, 1400 Cuban exiles launched what became a botched invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the south coast of Cuba.
The Cuban-exile invasion force, known as Brigade 2506, landed at beaches along the Bay of Pigs and immediately came under heavy fire.
Cuban planes strafed the invaders, sank two escort ships, and destroyed half of the exile’s air support. Bad weather hampered the ground force, which had to work with soggy equipment and insufficient ammunition. Read More
The declassified Top Secret pages shown here are from the Cuba Security Folder, 1961. It contains material collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy’s secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning Cuba. All 124 pages can be viewed in the digital archive from the JFK Library.
Not the first UFO sighting in our holdings, but this one includes some great DIY possibilities, just in time for Halloween too:
There are schematics for flying saucers in the National Archives. Seriously!
At the same time that the Air Force was denying the existence of UFOs back in the 1950s, it was also secretly trying to build its own supersonic flying saucer.
A recently declassified document reveals that the Air Force, in 1956, contracted a Canadian company, Avro Aircraft Limited in Ontario to construct a circular craft that could take off and land vertically, as well as potentially reach a top speed of Mach 4 and fly as high as 100,000 feet over a range of 1,000 nautical miles.
You can also read the original post on the NDC Blog.
Help Transcribe Records Related to the Katyn Forest Massacre
Learn more about records relating to the Katyn Forest Massacre at the National Archives.
Katyn Forest Massacre Records Declassified
The National Archives’ National Declassification Center (NDC) has recently released over 1,000 previously classified pages of documents pertaining to the Katyn Forest Massacre — a controversial mass execution of Polish officers & intelligentsia by the Soviet Secret Police (NKVD) during the early stages of World War II.
In response to requests to release all records in US Government custody relating to the events at Katyn, the National Archives via the National Declassification Center subsequently made it a priority to process, declassify and highlight all known Katyn Forest Massacre materials and documents.