Stuart Winter — Express.co.uk April 7, 2013
A 63-year-old memo sent to the legendary FBI director J Edgar Hoover has become one the most read files on the internet with its report of flying saucers and 3ft tall aliens.
The single page note tells a story as intriguing and far-fetched as anything investigated by Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in the popular television sci-fi drama and has been viewed a million times.
In vague terms, it describes how a United States Air Force investigator had reported three flying saucers being recovered in New Mexico in the early Fifties with each one “occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3ft tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture”.
The report added: “Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots.”
A high-powered radar system was blamed for bringing down the saucers in a remote area of desert after interfering with the UFOs’ controlling mechanisms.
The neatly-typed memo, dated March 22, 1950, was sent by FBI field office chief Guy Hottel.
However, to add to conspiracy theorists’ suspicions of government attempts to cover up visits by extra terrestrials, the informant’s name has been redacted in black ink.
The memo, first made public in the late Seventies, appears not to be linked to the 1947 Roswell case when US Air Force officials said they recovered a UFO in the New Mexico desert, only to say later it was a research balloon.
The practice of FBI agents investigating UFO sightings on Hoover’s orders ended in July 1950.
The electronic FBI reading room, the Vault, holds about 6,700 items.