The [controversial] 1963 Shklovskii memo (online at our web-site) seems to authenticate the 1948 Aztec, New Mexico flying saucer crash storied by Frank Scully in his 1950 book, Behind the Flying Saucers.
(The Aztec incident is a small part of Scully’s book, and is always taken out of context.)
Shklovskii’s memo and response from the United States Army acknowledges an event near Aztec, in 1948. As you can see from the Shklovskii material, the hints about that event being abnormal are palpably interesting. But that discussion is ongoing elsewhere….
Here we’d like to note that Frank Scully was not a journalist easily duped. Moreover, when the government wanted to (and wants to) discredit persons spewing ideas or engaging in activity anathema to the prevailing propaganda or Machiavellian-inspired mores of the times, the government, like that of the U.S.S.R., either accused the renegades (and sometimes incarcerated them: Wilhelm Reich) of crimes against the laws of the state, as they did successfully with Al Capone when they couldn’t nab him on a murder rap or locked them up in a psychiatric facility.
Silas Newton, and Leo Gebauer, the alleged Aztec mavericks according to ufologists, were accused of fraud but received suspended sentences after a trial for swindling.
Frank Scully went to his death insisting the story about Aztec in his book was authentic. Scully wasn’t senile, and there are enough government machinations regarding Aztec that the tale has legs…spindly legs, but legs nonetheless. (See Nick Redfern and Karl Pflock’s take on Aztec, which can be found at various internet venues, using Google.)
Can Aztec obtain credibility at this late stage of ufological inquiry? Maybe, since Aztec has as many bona fides as Roswell, and maybe more, considering how beclouded Roswell has become by the insertions and intrusions of ufological poseurs and outright con men and women.
But the most important element of the Aztec “crash” is Frank Scully’s inherent credibility no matter how the government or ufologists downplay or even dismiss it.
And with that 1963 admission by the Army that an event – one not made public then (or now) – did occur near Aztec, one can assert that Scully did yeoman journalism and got nothing from his endeavor but scorn and opprobrium.
More to come….