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Air Force releases records on early experiments

Released by United States Air Force: June 24, 1997

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force released its second report June 24 on what has become known as the "Roswell Incident." This report, "The Roswell Report: Case Closed," together with the one issued in September 1994, "The Roswell Report: Fact Versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert," explains and demystifies events that occurred in New Mexico nearly 50 years ago.

During the 1940s and 1950s, the Air Force engaged in extensive high-altitude balloon experimentation. Some of the experiments involved using the balloons to carry and eject anthropomorphic dummies equipped with parachutes in order to learn how best to return pilots or astronauts to earth if they had to eject from high altitudes.

These experiments, as well as others described and explained in the report, including the 1947 crash of a balloon, correspond to many of the occurrences observed by local residents and later characterized as the "Roswell Incident."

This latest report is noteworthy for the extensive background it provides on the scope of the Air Force activities in the vicinity of Roswell, N.M., beginning in the mid-1940s and extending through the early 1960s.

"This is singularly the most exhaustive release of information on this subject," said Secretary of the Air Force Sheila Widnall. "In 1994, we made all records on this subject publicly available. This additional information will enlighten people about pioneer research and the challenging and often heroic work of Air Force personnel during those early years."

The 230-page report can be obtained through Government Printing Office World Wide Web site, the, or by calling (202) 512-1800.

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