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Aztec, New Mexico Mar 1948


Another craft was located on March 25, 1948 in Hart Canyon near Aztec New Mexico. It was 100 feet in diameter, with 16 dead aliens aboard.


Author Frank Scully in 1950 released the now infamous book 'Behind the Flying Saucers', in which he reported 4 UFO crash retrieval incidents. (Most of these are now widely believed to be unreliable).


The crash incident occurred near Aztec, New Mexico, 1948. Most of Scully's information came from a 'Dr. Gee', who was in fact a composite of 8 different people from whom Scully had obtained his information.


Scully claimed, that the disc that landed near Aztec was 99.99 feet in diameter and that it's exterior was made of a light metal resembling aluminium but so durable that no amount of heat or diamond drilling had any effect.


The disc apparently incorporated large rings of metal which revolved around a central stabilised cabin, using an unfamiliar gear ratio. There were no rivets, bolts, screws or signs of welding. Investigators were eventually able to gain access to the craft by pushing a knob with a long pole through a porthole which caused a hidden door to open.


Scully's informant also stated that 16 small humanoids, ranging in height from 36 to 42 inches, were found dead inside the cabin, their bodies charred to a dark brown colour.


Scully was told that the craft was undamaged, having landed under its own guidance. The craft was found to be assembled in segments using a complex system of grooves and pins. The craft and bodies were then apparently flown to Wright Patterson AFB.


In 1987 William Steinman found some further evidence to support Scully's claim but again he refused to divulge his source. Steinman stated that the crash occurred on 25th March and was detected by 3 separate radar centres. The radar apparently caused the craft to crash.


Steinman's version, however, stated that only 14 humanoid bodies were recovered and not 16 as Scully had claimed.


Without further proof this incident is likely to remain just a 'possible' crash retrieval case.


This incident is also reported as happening on Feb. 3, 1948 and/or Apr. 25, 1948




1948/03/25 Near AZTEC, NM: .. or 1948/02/13 or 1948/05/25 ( and/or the same dates in 1949 .. it hardly matters )


Part of a complex scam involving phony magnetic oilfield locating devices, the "saucer crash" of AZTEC, complete with a 'tubeless radio' etc. was invented by con artists Silas Newton and Leo A. GeBauer. Hollywood columnist Frank Scully swallowed the story whole. It is resurrected time and again, even today.


For a thorough and devastating account, see CUFOS IUR for Sept/Oct 1991


The FBI bust of Newton & Gebauer, their conviction and pictures are at bottom of this page:



Event: 1948-03-25; USA, New Mexico, Aztec





Document: Aztec, New Mexico Feb 1948

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Document: Wright-Patterson AFB : What's Going On There?




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