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Aztec UFO Fest Opens Friday

From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 11:26:33 -0800
Fwd Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 17:36:39 -0500
Subject: Aztec UFO Fest Opens Friday

Source: The Daily Times - Farmington, New Mexico


Mar 17, 2004

Aztec UFO fest opens Friday
Debra Mayeux/The Daily Times

AZTEC =97 Fifty-six years ago on a small, dirt road north of
Aztec, something unexplainable happened.

A saucer-shaped ship, 100-feet in diameter, was said to have
crash-landed leaving small charred bodies inside. There were
eyewitnesses =97 military, locals and police officers. There are
Air Force documents one man is working to declassify.

Scott Ramsey of Charlotte, N.C., has spent the past 14 years of
his life researching the purported Aztec UFO crash of 1948. He
has traveled to 28 states, visited numerous military bases and
talked to alleged eyewitnesses of the event.

=93We want to be extremely careful to make sure people are
reliable witnesses,=94 Ramsey said of his research. =93We really try
not to open our mouth until a lot of research has been done.=94

Ramsey will present his findings at the 7th annual Aztec UFO
Symposium Friday through Sunday at Koogler Middle School. His
talk, which he says is =93no smoking gun,=94 will be presented at 11
a.m. Saturday.

The alleged Aztec crash occurred only months after the more
famous 1947 Roswell crash of another alleged UFO. It was two
years before the March 17, 1950, Farmington UFO Armada, which
celebrates its 54th anniversary today.

News accounts at the time, including a front page story in The
Daily Times, said a fleet of hundreds of UFOs were seen by
hundreds of residents flying in formation at high rates of speed
across the city. The event later became know as the Farmington
UFO Armada.

Ramsey said there were several UFO sightings in the state
between 1947 and 1953, almost of which were documented in Air
Force archives.

=93Aircraft were picking up UFOs in New Mexico,=94 the researcher
said. =93My declassifications are centered around Aztec and the
Air Force during that time frame.=94

Most of his research began with a book, =93Behind the Flying
Saucers,=94 published in the 1950s by Frank Scully, who was tipped
off by New Mexico oil men Silas Newton and Leo GeBauer. The two
did not have the best reputation and most skeptics believe the
story was a farce used by Newton and GeBauer to sell oil =93doodle
bug=94 equipment.

=93They had their share of encounters with the law,=94 Ramsey said
of the men, but Scully also claimed he received information from
eight or nine scientists.

Ramsey said Scully went into such great detail in his book, it
had to come from scientists. Ramsey said he was able to prove
many of the details from documents declassified in 1999.

=93It=92s hard to put my presentation into a nutshell, but we=92ve
looked at Scully=92s story,=94 he said.

In addition to Scully=92s claims, Ramsey was able to discover
secret military radar sites in the state. These sites may have
detected the UFO before it crashed near Aztec, but Ramsey said
he still has years of research before solidifying that claim.
What he does have is maps of the radar bases for public review
at the symposium.

Ramsey also commissioned a study of artifacts found at the crash
site. Unfortunately the findings will not be ready for
presentation until next year.

A key artifact was a piece of concrete slab at the site. The
slab has been dismissed as a well cap, but a member of the
military told Ramsey its purpose was as a footer for a crane
used to remove the UFO.

=93It=92s a controversial piece, we=92re trying to date to 1948,=94
Ramsey said adding the study is highly controlled with only one
person on staff knowing the concrete came from a purported UFO
crash site.

Ramsey said he will present his findings to date, some claims
from skeptics, as well as a time line for the crash. He will
also lead tours to the crash site, when he is not speaking at
the symposium.

The cost for the symposium is $50 for Saturday and Sunday, plus
an additional $18 for the Meet and Greet from 6-8 p.m. Friday. A
one day ticket is $35.

Information: The Aztec UFO Information Center, (505) 334-9890 or
on the Web at www.aztecufo.com.

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