I thin it might be interesting to have a thread dedicated to general UFO/Aliens stuff rather than sidetrack existing threads. For the record, I believe there is ample evidence for the existence of alien activity on our planet.
My Take on Roswell
To understand what happened at Roswell, we have to put it in historical context…
In the closing days of WWII, allied bomber groups were suffering horrendous losses, with some missions losing as many as 30% of their planes on a single mission. The US in particular was looking for better ways to deliver payloads to targets.
The German V2 rocket program was seen as a way to accomplish this goal, so we decided to capture some V2 rockets and as many of their scientists and engineers as we could.
The rockets were captured at the manufacturing and assembly base at Peenemünde, and over 100 rocket scientists surrendered rather than fall into Russian hands. These were all sent to the White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico. (now called the White Sands Missile Range)
Most of these captured missiles were missing their mechanical guidance systems. An American company was tasked with building these from the few examples we had, but this was always the weak link in the weapons system.
The secrecy and importance of the work done at White Sands can’t be overstated. The program eventually branched into 3 paths… the Nike series of anti-aircraft missiles, the Mercury space program, and our first ICBMs.
The V2 had an operational range of 250 miles. The launch facility is 70 miles from Roswell. The guidance systems were unreliable and the missiles launched could go anywhere. (There is documented evidence that one landed outside of Juarez Mexico, which is in a direction totally opposite the intended flight path)
White Sands had to have had a dedicated recovery team on standby. Stray missiles were recovered and analyzed to discover the points of failure. This was all above Top Secret.
What crashed in the desert outside of Roswell NM was almost certainly a V2 rocket.