by Clark C. McClelland
Former ScO, Space Shuttle
Kennedy Space Center, FL 1958-1992
This amazing interview
with Dr. von Braun is only one of many events
that I personally experienced as a space flight pioneer
at Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, Florida,
from 1958 to 1992.
In 1947, a controversial event took
place in New Mexico near the town of Roswell. The "Roswell
Incident," as it has come to be known, remains the paramount case in
UFO crash/retrieval history. In addition to the claims of a downed
alien ship, alien bodies were said to have been recovered from the
The USAF and Federal Government have kept a steadfast opinion that
the object in question was a high altitude balloon project, code
named: Mogul. The project was designed to detect nuclear blasts in
the USSR. The bodies that were recovered, according to the USAF,
were parachute test dummies that had been released high above the
desert, and had eventually drifted into the "balloon" crash area.
The USAF finally settled on this fabricated version of events and
passed it off to the American public as truth.
During my long years of service in our national space program, I was
very fortunate to come to know and exchange some very exciting data
with former German scientists, who had been brought to the USA under
Operation Paper Clip following WW II.
These men were the elite of
the German rocket programs controlled by Adolph Hitler.
On many occasions I had the distinct
privilege of speaking with Dr. Wernher von Braun, the leader of the
elite group, and several other scientists who were assigned to the
ABMA (Army Ballistics Missile Agency) launch crews at the Cape
Canaveral launch sites. Eventually, these same men were incorporated
into the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
organization. During the periodic MFA (Manned Flight Awareness)
meetings that were held at Cocoa Beach, I was able to talk freely
and briefly with such scientists, particularly Dr. von Braun.
On one such occasion, he and I had taken a break and stepped out of
the Cocoa Beach Ramada Inn into the back patio. I admitted that I
was aware that he and his German Scientific team were located not
too far from the crash site at that time. They were launching
captured V-2 rockets from the White Sands Testing Range. On this
night, I asked him a question concerning the Roswell Incident that
caused his eyebrows to raise.
Did the Roswell Incident in fact happen, was an alien craft
recovered along with alien bodies? Did you have a chance to go to
the crash site?"
Dr von Braun was a cigarette smoker and he lit one up. He thought
for a second, then proceeded to talk freely about his inspection of
the crashed craft.
He trusted me to hear such astonishing events because I vowed to not
report it to newspapers, magazines, television, etc. I never broke
that vow. Since he is deceased, and the incident happened over fifty
years ago, I am now disclosing what I heard. I have a right to speak
about anything - even things that, according to certain agencies,
"do not exist."
Dr. von Braun explained how he and his (unnamed, for now) associates
had been taken to the crash site after most of the military were
pulled back. They did a quick analysis of what they found. He told
me the craft did not appear to be made of metal as we know metal on
earth. He said it seemed to be created from something biological,
like skin. I was lost as to what he indicated, other than thinking
perhaps the craft was "alive."
The recovered bodies were temporarily
being kept in a nearby medical tent. They were small, very frail and
had large heads. Their eyes were large. Their skin was grayish and
reptilian in texture. He said it looked similar to the skin texture
of rattle snakes he'd seen several times at White Sands. His
inspection of the debris had even him puzzled: very thin, aluminum
colored, like silvery chewing gum wrappers, very light and extremely
strong. The interior of the craft was nearly bare of equipment, as
if the creatures and craft were part of a single unit.
That's when I became lost in the moment. We returned to the awards
ceremony, in which he participated, later bidding farewell. I went
home with my head spinning from all I had heard. Keeping this quiet
for many years was very difficult, especially with the temptations
of having many friends and associates who believe in UFOs, ETs, etc.
I never released this amazing data to Major
Keyhoe and NICAP, or the
public, until now. I considered my honor sacred when a vow was made.