Green Fireballs Over Los Alamos
The New Mexico Missile Crisis
By Joel Carpenter
The 1946 "Ghost Rocket" episode in Sweden had provoked a great deal of speculation in the technical intelligence organizations of Britain and the US. Was it possible that the Soviets had exploited German rocket technology so quickly?
When the initial wave of "flying saucer" sightings in the US began in late spring 1947, some parallels with the Ghost Rocket events were quickly noted. As early as July 13, well-known investigative reporters Joseph and Stewart Alsop published an extraordinary column in the Washington Post claiming that "it was the [German-designed] A-9 rocket, it is now known, which caused the [Ghost Rocket] furore in Sweden some months ago." Relatives of the Roosevelt family, the Alsops had stellar contacts in government - the likes of James Forrestal, George Kennan, Dean Acheson and numerous other Washington VIPs were both friends and information sources. Stewart had parachuted into occupied France in 1944 as a "Jedburgh" anti-Nazi saboteur for the OSS. Hard-wired as the Alsops were into Washington's information circuitry, clearly their article was one of the most significant leaks from the US establishment concerning the Ghost Rockets, if not the 1947 saucer flap.