"The entire matter is considered by the United
States authorities to be of tremendous
significance." Smith’s recommendation was accepted
and on 2nd
December 1950 Project Magnet was established under Commander C.P.
Edwards, then Deputy Minister of Transport for Air Services (8).
The information supplied to Smith is now known to have come from Dr. Robert
Sarbacher, at that time a consultant to the Research and Development Board and
President and Chairman of the Board of the Washington Institute of Technology.
Smith, who later suffered from stomach cancer, made sure that
his files were hidden from the US government after his death, however when they
were uncovered a hand-written note that detailed a conversation between Smith
and Sarbacher was found dated 15th September 1950:
Smith: … I
have read Scully’s book on the saucers and would like to know how much of it is
true. [Scully authored a book entitled ‘Behind the Flying Saucers’
(right) which was published in 1950 and first drew attention to stories of
recovered crashed UFOs and aliens.
Captain Edward Ruppelt, who in 1953 had
recently retired as head of Project Blue Book, told Scully and his wife
"Confidentially … of all the books that have been published about flying
saucers, your book was the one that gave us the most headaches because it was
the closest to the truth (9)].
The facts reported in the book are
Smith: Then the saucers do exist?
Sarbacher: Yes: they exist.
Smith: Do they operate as Scully suggests on magnetic
Sarbacher: We have not been able to duplicate their
Smith: Do they come from another planet?
Sarbacher: All we know is, we didn’t make them, and it’s
pretty certain they didn’t originate on earth.
Smith: I understand the whole subject is classified.
Sarbacher: Yes, it is classified two points higher even than
the H-bomb. In fact it is the most highly classified
subject in the US Government at the present time.
Smith: May I ask the reason for classification?
Sarbacher: You may ask, but I can’t tell you.
legitimate source of information, Sarbacher stated on a number of occasions that
his involvement in the UFO/alien affair was very little (although no-one wanted
to believe him.) His information came from first hand accounts from scientists
from the R&DB (Research and Development Board) who had attended Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base (around 1949-1950) concerning the military recovery of flying
saucers and bodies of occupants. The Canadians talked to him because they
already had dealings with him and his office was only a few minutes walk away
from the Canadian Embassy.
Sarbacher, who died
in 1986, made two important contributions to our knowledge. Firstly, he
confirmed that there had been a briefing on crashed saucers at Wright-Patterson
AFB, and secondly he revealed the name of Dr. Eric Walker as someone who
attended the briefings: a first hand source of information.
If Walker is of
repute and can confirm his attendance at the military briefings regarding
crashed saucers then it would appear that no further evidence is required to
confirm the extraterrestrial connection. And he is of repute, and he has
confirmed his attendance.
Walker was born in England in 1910 and died in 1995. He
received his BS Degree in engineering in 1932, his MBA degree in 1933 and DSc
degree in 1935 all from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His posts included
Executive Secretary of the Research and Development Board, Chairman of the
National Science Foundation’s Committee for Engineering, Chairman of the
Institute for Defence Analysis, and President of Pennsylvania State University.