Walter Haut, near Hangar 84. In July 1947 Lt. Haut was the Public Information Officer at Roswell Army Air Field. Under orders from his commanding officer, Colonel William Blanchard, Haut wrote and distributed the now-famous July 8, 1947 article that appeared in the Roswell Daily Record. The press release was rescinded shortly thereafter. The Roswell incident started on 2 July 1947 when UFO sightings were reported during a thunderstorm. Next morning a rancher, Mac Brazel, discovered strange wreckage in a field. When the impact site was located, a UFO craft and alien bodies were allegedly found. On 8 July 1947, the Roswell Daily Record announced the capture of a flying saucer. The official statement was that a weather balloon had crashed. Many Roswell inhabitants, however, believe this a cover up, and that aliens arrived. Model Released (1997).