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Weird? Yes. Cover-up? No

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 10:03:37 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 31 May 2007 10:03:37 -0400
Subject: Weird? Yes. Cover-up? No

Source: The Sarasota Herald Tribune - Florida, USA


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Weird? Yes. Cover-up? No
Billy Cox

The official biography of the late Lt. Gen. Laurence C. Craigie
on the Air Force Web site describes him as the first American
military pilot to fly a jet, and that he ended his distinguished
career as commander of Allied Air Forces in Southern Europe in
the 1950s.

But there's no mention of what he did in December 1947 =96 issued
an order establishing the first Air Force study of UFOs.

Craigie was USAF director of research and development when he
authorized Project Sign, which ended in 1948, not long after Air
Force Chief of Staff Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg reportedly rejected
analysts' suggestions that the phenomena had extraterrestrial

In January, 82-year-old Ellenton resident Ben Games told a UFO
Group of Manatee audience that for a six-month period in 1947,
he was Craigie's personal pilot. And that in the summer of that
year, Craigie had been dispatched by then-Deputy Chief of Air
Staff for Research and Development Gen. Curtis LeMay to Roswell,
N.M., to investigate what was being reported in the media as the
crash of a flying saucer.

Although Games said the tight-lipped Craigie volunteered nothing
to him about what he'd learned during his overnight stay in
Roswell, and that Craigie met with President Harry Truman
immediately afterwards, the military never deceived the public
about what happened.

"There was never any conspiracy to cover anything up", Games
told listeners. "But conspiracies sell newspapers, and that's
all anybody talks about."

Games, who has 22 DD-214 discharge papers to show for his
eclectic, 44-year military career, also possesses personal
flight logs dating back to 1942.

But records from early July 1947, when he says he ferried
Craigie from Bolling Field in Washington, D.C., to New Mexico,
are missing. He can't explain that.

However, Games says he "wouldn't be surprised" if something
weird had crashed near Roswell; after all, he says the 35th
Fighter Squadron he was assigned to in occupied Japan routinely
tracked UFOs on radar at 60,000 feet during 1945-46.

They pulled 90-degree turns at gut-splashing speeds of 1,000 mph
at a time when state-of-the-art American warplanes struggled to
reach 40,000 feet. Pilots even scrambled stripped-down P-51s and
P-61s to get a visual lock on the bogies - to no avail.

"But there was no secrecy about any of this stuff, nobody ever
told me to shut up about it", Games says. "So I wish people
would just get off this conspiracy kick."


[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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