4. TAPE-LIKE MATERIAL
(AND "HIEROGLYPHICS", FLOWER PATTERNS)
Bill Brazel Jr.: Brazel's son; father told him of petroglyph-like "figures" on beams Loretta Proctor: Brazel neighbor; Brazel speaking of tape with purplish figures or hieroglyphics Lorraine Ferguson: Sister of Mack Brazel; brother spoke of "writing" like Japanese/Chinese
Skeptical explanation for debris:
Col. Albert Trakowski: Project Mogul Project Director; radar targets used purplish-pink tape with flower and heart symbols on it. Charles Moore: Mogul engineer; used white or clear tape with flower-like designs on it. Col. Sheridan Cavitt: Roswell counterintelligence chief; denied seeing any flowered tape on debris field. Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr.: Son of Roswell intelligence chief; denied seeing any tape; hieroglyphics were part of beam that he saw
BESSIE BRAZEL SCHREIBER
(B&M) "Some of the metal-foil pieces had a sort of tape stuck to them, and when these were held to the light they showed what looked like pastel flowers or designs. Even though the stuff looked like tape, it would not be peeled off or removed at all. It was very light in weight, but there sure was a lot of it."
(F&B) "Some of [the aluminum foil-like] pieces had a sort of tape stuck to them. Even though the stuff looked like tape, it could not be peeled off or removed at all. Some of these pieces had something like numbers and lettering on them, but there were no words we were able to make out. The figures were written out like you would write numbers in columns, but they didn't look like the numbers we use at all."
(Pflock, USAF, from affidavit 9/22/93): "...Sticks, like kite sticks, were attached to some of the pieces with a whitish tape. The tape was about two or three inches wide and had flower-like designs on it. The 'flowers' were faint, a variety of pastel colors, and reminded me of Japanese paintings in which the flowers are not all connected. I do not recall any other ... markings."
BILL BRAZEL JR
(B&M; F&B) [Quoting his father] "Dad did say one time that there were what he called 'figures' on some of the pieces [woodlike pieces] he found. He often referred to the petroglyphs the ancient Indians drew on rocks around here as "figures" too, and I think that's what he meant to compare them with."
(Pflock, FUFOR, from affidavit 5/5/91) "..There was also something he [Mac Brazel] described as tape which had printing on it. The color of the printing was a kind of purple. He said it wasn't Japanese writing; from the way he described it, it sounded like it resembled hieroglyphics."
(R&S1) "He said there was more stuff there, like a tape that had some sort of figures on it."
(Lorraine Ferguson was Mac Brazel's older sister)
(B&M, interviewed June, 1979) "Whatever he found it was all in pieces and some of it had some kind of unusual writing on it -- Mac said it was like the kind of stuff you find all over Japanese and Chinese firecrackers; not really writing, just wiggles and such. Of course, he couldn't read it and neither could anybody else as far as I heard.
(Information provided in interview with Mac Brazel on evening of 7/8/47 Note: Brazel had been under detainment by the military for the day when he gave this information to the paper. According to family and friends, he was detained and interrogated for another week before being released.)
(Quoted in USAF Report) "...Considerable scotch tape and some tape with flowers printed upon it had been used in the construction."
"Those who saw the object said it had a flowered paper tape around it bearing the initials D.P."
Skeptical Explanations for Material
COL. ALBERT TRAKOWSKI
(Trakowski was formerly the top-secret Control Officer for Project Mogul. He never saw the actual crash material.)
(USAF description) He further related that many of the original radar targets that were produced around the end of World War II were fabricated by toy or novelty companies using a purplish-pink tape with flower and heart symbols on it.
CHARLES B. MOORE
(Moore was the head engineer with Project Mogul. He never saw the actual crash material.)
(USAF description) Some of the early developmental radar targets were manufactured by a toy or novelty company. These targets were made up of ...acetate and/or cloth reinforcing tape... Some of the targets were also assembled with purplish-pink tape with symbols on it.
(Pflock description) "The manufacturer used "sticky tape" to reinforce the structure, lapping it over the struts and securing it to both sides of the reflector foil. ... This tape was clear or whitish, about two inches wide. It had pink and purple flower-like figures on it. Charles Moore remembers these figures as being "embossed on the back of the tape" and not very bright in color but having "very sharp edges, sharply incised."
(SKEP) Many witnesses of the debris described tape with flower designs or hieroglyphics on it. Moore recalls that the reinforcing tape used on NYU targets had curious markings. "There were about four of us who were involved in this, and all remember that our targets had sort of a stylized, flowerlike design. I have prepared, in my life, probably more than a hundred of these targets for flight. And every time I have prepared one of these targets, I have always wondered what the purpose of that tape marking was. But . . . a major named John Peterson, laughed . . . and said 'What do you expect when you get your targets made by a toy factory?'"
1st-LT. JAMES McANDREW
(McAndrew was chief researcher for the Air Force on the Roswell report.)
(KPFA) "The big thing is that all of the material that all these witnesses described, every one of them is contained on that Mogul balloon. The hieroglyphics [allegedly only on the tape] was, as we said, traced back to a toy manufacturer"
CPT. SHERIDAN CAVITT
(USAF, Attach. 18, Interview) [Response to Col. Weaver's hint that the Mogul balloons used tape with flowers on it.] "I don't remember anything like that."
JESSE MARCEL JR.
(KPFA) [The Air Force claims that the strange writing on metal fragments that Marcel and others saw was nothing more than transparent tape, with a flowery pattern, used to hold balsa wood sticks to the balloon assembly. Marcel disagrees.] "It certainly didn't look like tape. I didn't see anything that looked like tape, to my recollection. I've seen drawings of the tape they're talking about. Again the writing, as I recall, was entirely inside, or at least along the surface of one of those beams, and it didn't extend beyond it, like the drawings that they showed. It [the writing on the beam] was not on tape."