Armed with U.S. government security
clearance, Smith watched, he says, as the 40-foot-wide elliptical craft hovered
10 feet off the ground and flew away, driven by twin propellers. A pilot lying
in a cramped cockpit guided the craft. Smith, now a retired 72-year-old executive,
recalled the experience during the UFO frenzy created by the 50th anniversary of
the Roswell episode this month.
Does he have proof that a craft like the one
he saw crashed in Roswell during a test flight? No, but he says he believes that
theory is more probable than visitors from outer space. At the time, Smith was a mechanical-engineering graduate just
out of Penn State University. He was working for Chance-Vought Aircraft in
Stratford, Conn., which was building planes for the U.S. Navy. Smith was testing
the high-altitude bonding of a composite material: wood sandwiched between two
layers of metal.
He says he was curious about what would be built with the
material, and since he had security clearance, a supervisor led him into a
guarded hangar. He was shown a new jet the company was developing, but his
attention was attracted to the other craft in the hangar, a flying saucer made
of the material he had been testing. ‘It was very streamlined,’ Smith recalls. The khaki-coloured
saucer was a few inches thick at the edges to about two feet thick at the
pilot's cockpit, which had a bubble window allowing the pilot to look forward
and down at the ground. ‘I saw him get in, and he lay down flat,’ Smith says.
The craft had two propellers and rudders in the back. Smith went back at night
to watch test flights. The saucer, he says, would float straight up, then fly
‘They'd get it off the ground and it would disappear’ into
the darkness, he says. He says there were reports in the area of unidentified
flying objects. About the time he left Chance-Vought in 1947, it moved
operations to Texas, where it would have better conditions for test flights,
Smith says." (24) Thus, Chance-Vought moved to a state next to New Mexico the
year of the Roswell crash.
Other aircraft, at the time, seemed equally unconventional. In
the 1930s and 1940s in Germany, the Horten brothers, Walter and Reimar, built a
range of planes that they called the ‘Ho’ series. The first of this series, the
Ho I, was a simple flying-wing sail plane.
By the end of that decade the brothers had developed the Ho
III, a metal framed glider that was fitted with a folding blade propeller for
flight. Then in 1944 they finished the prototype HO IX, their first combat
intended design, powered by the Junkers Jumo 004B turbojets, the craft had a
metal frame and plywood exterior (Appendix I) It made its maiden flight on 2nd
February 1945 and satisfied with its performance, the Air Ministry ordered forty
of the craft to be built by the Goetha Waggonfabrik under the designation
When the US Third US Army Corps reached the Goetha plant on 14th
April 1945 they took over the factory, and shipped back to the US the near
completed HO IX V3. Another similar looking craft was this ‘airplane’ photographed
in Germany at the end of the war. In fact, many of these German designs seemingly account for many of
the reports of Unidentified Flying Objects seen over the US after the war. Kenneth Arnold himself described what he saw as a flying disc,
yet when Arnold actually drew a picture of what he had seen, it looked little
like the popularly conceived silver-round disc that readily springs to mind. In fact, the diagram Kenneth Arnold actually drew of what he
had seen that fateful day in 1947 looks remarkably like the German HO IX or
other craft developed during the war.
Adamski’s UFOs also have a similar Nazi connection. This light enhanced frame
from a 8mm cine film taken by George Adamski in the presence of Madeleine
Rodeffer (Picture credit: Madeleine Rodeffer) and other witnesses at Silver
Spring, Maryland in February 1965, looks remarkably like the drawings for the
Nazi Haunebu II during the second world war.
Notice the bubble effects under the diagram of the Nazi craft and those captured
in the alleged Adamski UFO. Indeed, it obviously is the Haunebu craft.