The file in question is a memo dated March 22, 1950—63 years ago last week. It was authored by Guy Hottel, then head of the FBI office in Washington, D.C. Like all memos to FBI Headquarters at that time, it was addressed to Director J. Edgar Hoover and recorded and indexed in FBI records.
The subject of the memo was anything but ordinary. It related a story told to one of our agents by a third party who said an Air Force investigator had reported that three “flying saucers” were recovered in New Mexico.
The memo provided the following detail: “They (the saucers) were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed fliers and test pilots.”
After relaying an informant’s claim that the saucers had been found because the government’s “high-powered radar” in the area had interfered with “the controlling mechanism of the saucers,”
The memo ends simply by saying that “No further evaluation was attempted” concerning the matter by the FBI agent.
The Hottel memo isn’t new. It was first released publicly in the late 1970s and had been posted on the FBI website prior to the launch of the Vault in april 2011.
Some media outlets noticed the Hottel memo and erroneously reported that the FBI had posted proof of a UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico and the recovery of wreckage and alien corpses, but the FBI denies that the Hottel Memo refers to the UFO crash at Roswell.
Video: CNN's Brian Todd reports on the most popular document in the FBI's digital reading room: The Guy Hottel memo.
Link The Guy Hottel Memo