We’ve always suggested that UFO researchers should be
looking at The United States Navy, instead of the Air Force, as the source for
useful UFO information.
The Office of Naval Research, began working with
balloons for atmospheric flights in 1946, and created Project Helios which
morphed into Skyhook, the balloon sighting that killed Captain
Helios conducted various flights from around the country.
The Air Force’s Project Moby Dick used much of the Navy’s
groundbreaking Helios research to send aloft balloons of its own prototypical
creation, most in and around Holloman Air Force base in New Mexico.
The actual venue for the balloon research was The Balloon
Test Squadron at the Holloman Air Development Center.
One of those large, polyethylene balloons came down in
Roswell’s backyard in July 1947, providing debris from its gondola payload that
Mac Brazel collected, in part, and stored in a shed on the farm where he
Here’s a photo of the gondola-type that Brazel gathered
Concentration on the Mogul balloon project has diverted UFO
researchers from the Moby Dick balloon crash and recovery.
If researchers altered there obsession with Mogul and
concentrated on the Moby Dick flights for the Roswell time-frame, they’d find
enough evidence to suggest that the Roswell story is a confluence of balloon
mishaps and egregious mythmaking by UFO researchers in 1978 onward.
Project Moby Dick is the backdoor to the Roswell
explanation. That it has been overlooked by UFO radicals is intellectually
N.B. Material here culled from Colliers magazine [June 11th,
1954, Page 50 ff: A Report on Our ‘Flying Saucer’ Balloons by Charlotte Knight]