The Chihuahua UFO Crash

Ai, chihuahua! This is one long and convoluted story!

It all started on August 24, 1974, when a U.S radar picked up an unidentified object in the Gulf of Mexico speeding along at over 2000 miles per hour, which is roughly the speed at which Mexican food moves through a gringo’s digestive system. The radar tracked the craft for a while, then it suddenly disappeared from the radar screen. At around the same time, there were reports that a small aircraft which had recently left Texas had disappeared at the same time in the same area. It was presumed that the two crafts had crashed into one another somewhere near the town of Coyame, Chihuahua, not far from the U.S.-Mexico border, and the Mexican authorities sent a team of soldiers to investigate. On their arrival, the Mexicans found both a Cessna 180 and, several miles away, a mysterious metallic disc. They placed the disc and the Cessna on trucks and drove off to an unexpected fate.

Meanwhile, not wanting to leave such a discovery in the hands of another government, the US sent its own team to check on the truck convoy carrying the disc. What the American team found was a scene straight out of a science fiction movie. The convoy had come to a full stop in the middle of the desert. Everyone in both the trucks and the accompanying jeeps was dead, their guns untouched, as if a silent death had crept upon them suddenly and without warning. On one of the trucks was a silver disc measuring sixteen feet across and a mere five feet in thickness. It had no lights, no doors, no windows, no markings of any kind. There was damage to the rim of the disc consistent with both a mid air collision and a crash onto the desert floor. The Americans gathered together all the corpses and vehicles, as well as the remains of the Cessna, and used high explosives to blow everything to smithereens. They then used a Sea Stallion helicopter to spirit the UFO out of the area, and since then it has not been seen again. For their part, the Mexican military and the US government claim that none of the events related above ever happened. According to them, the entire thing is a fiction.

After decades of secrecy, the world finally learnt of the incident in 1992, when an anonymous source tipped off several UFO enthusiasts in the US and Europe. The tip-off came in the from of a report called “Research Findings on the Chihuahua Disk Crash,” which was described by ufologist Leonard Stringfield as being “authoritatively written, using correct military terminology and, of note and unlike a hoax, draws a line between so-called hard evidence and that which is speculative.” Strangely enough, after its 1994 mention in Stringfield’s “UFO Crash Retrievals: Search for Proof in a Hall of Mirrors,” the story fell out of sight untill 2005 when it was covered in the TV series UFO Files. Since then, no new evidence has surfaced to support or to debunk the story put forward by the anonymous tipster. Perhaps the whole Chihuahua UFO Crash thing was a clever con played on gullible ufologists. Or perhaps it’s all been hushed up by the CIA and its Mexican stooges. For now, we simply do not know what happened (or did not happen) that August day in the skies over Chihuhua, Mexico.

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