Monday, September 14, 2009

"The Other Roswell"- The Recounting Of A Texas UFO Crash

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In 1955, USAF Colonel (ret.) Robert B. Willingham says he chased a UFO across West Texas in his jet fighter - and saw the object crash along the Rio Grande River near Del Rio, Texas. In this 2008 video, he gives his dramatic eyewitness account.

The Del Rio, Texas UFO Crash is a 1955 UFO case reported by a former jet pilot in the United States Air Force Reserve, Robert Burton Willingham, who lives near Wichita Falls, Texas. While flying a North American Aviation F-86 Sabre jet on a bomber escort mission over West Texas, Willingham observed a large, highly-luminous orb moving toward him from the northwest at about 2,000 miles per hour. At one point, he saw it execute a sudden 90-degree turn without slowing. As the object moved past his aircraft, Willingham gave chase and later saw it fall to the ground and crash near Del Rio, Texas. After switching planes, Willingham returned to the crash site later in the day and was confronted by Mexican soldiers who were guarding the wreckage while waiting for the arrival of the U.S. Air Force. Before being forced to leave, Willingham observed the crashed object at close range and also took a metallic UFO fragment with him.

Although not as well known as the Roswell UFO Incident, this case has appeared in numerous UFO books and journals. It also shares some similarities with the Coyame UFO Incident of 1974, which reportedly also occurred along the Texas-Mexico border and involved both the U.S. and Mexican militaries.

“We heard on the radio that an object had been picked up by radar somewhere in the northwest. It was spotted by the DEW (Distant Early Warning Line radar system) in Canada. They said it was going very fast and was moving our way,” Willingham stated during a 2008 interview with UFO researchers Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte.

During his initial sighting, Willingham and his fellow aviators were warned of the fast-moving object heading their way, saw it zoom past them at a speed of about 2,000 miles per hour, and then observed a maneuver that seemed to rule out conventional aircraft. “It suddenly made a 90-degree turn to the right, still going 2,000 miles an hour. At that point, I knew this was not any aircraft that we had, or that anyone on Earth had,” Willingham said.

Later, after the object crashed into the sandy soil just south of the Rio Grande River near Langtry, Texas and broke up into several pieces, Willingham got a much better chance to observe it close up. He later described it as a flat saucer shaped object about 20 or 25 feet in diameter, with a dome-shaped section on top, measuring about 10 or 15 feet in diameter. The skin of the object was metallic silver and the chunks of metallic debris he later examined at the crash site, suggested to Willingham that the object was not of Earthly manufacture.

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