The Roswell Incident - July 7th, 1947
The Mystery Continues!

On July 7th, 1947, some fifty years ago, as a staff Photographer for LIFE magazine, I was sent to New Mexico to photograph what LIFE called a meteor hunt. All we knew at the time was that a "huge meteor" had crashed somewhere in the vicinity of the Roswell area and the Air Force was searching for it. I was assigned a pilot who would "Put me on the ground in the vicinity of the crash site.."
Landing on a makeshift runway, the pilot handed me a loaded automatic pistol in
a holster. "What do I need that for..?" I asked. "My orders were see that you were armed", he replied. "Against what..?", I asked. He looked at me, smiled and shrugged his shoulders. "We don't know.." he said. I got into a waiting jeep, and off we went into the desert on this mysterious search which is now known as the Roswell UFO Incident.
Of course we never found the "meteor" and I have often wondered if I had arrived too early or too late. Or perhaps I was landed in the wrong place. At any rate, this story never ran in LIFE.

Photographs for LIFE by Allan Grant (c) Time Inc.