FBI UFO memo: FBI releases memo on widely talked about UFO sighting in New Mexico

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released a memo on a widely talked about potential UFO sighting in Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947.

The original file written by Guy Hottel the head of the FBI's Washington office at the time was written on March 22, 1950. It was first released to the public in the late 1970s. It has now been posted on the FBI's vault website.

The original file states, "An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots."

This week the FBI released a memo about the facts behind the potential UFO sighting.

The FBI states, "The Hottel memo does not prove the existence of UFOs; it is simply a second- or third-hand claim that we never investigated. Some people believe the memo repeats a hoax that was circulating at that time, but the Bureau's files have no information to verify that theory."

The file is the most popular document read on the FBI website. The file is only one page, and the FBI never even followed up on the event. 

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