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Dummies weren't classified, says retired colonel

[The Associated Press]

GRANTS  A retired Air Force officer says he worked with high tech
crash test dummies in the 1950s, and that there's no way they'd be
confused with aliens described in rumors arising from the Roswell
Incident.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Raymond A. Madson said he isn't buying the latest Air
Force explanation of what occurred in Roswell in July 1947. The
Pentagon issued a report this week saying the Air Force believes
crash test dummies used in the 1950s were mistaken for the rumored
1947 aliens and suggesting that UFO buffs just got their dates
mixed up.

Madson, 66, who now lives near Grants, said he was project officer for
Project High Dive at Holloman Air Force Base for four years starting
in the 1950s.

He told the Grants newspaper, the Cibola County Beacon, that the
Project High Dive dummies were used to test problems pilots might
encounter with the ejection mechanisms for bailing out of new
generation jet aircraft.

Madson said he sent photographs of Project High Dive dummies to the
Pentagon for inclusion in the Air Force document issued this week,
'The Roswell Report: Case Closed.'

But he said the dummies do not match the descriptions of the very
small, almost childlike beings purported to have been seen in 1947
near Roswell.

'They were testing these things (dummies) to try to protect grown
men. They would never have used (dummies of) children for such
experiments,' he said.

Madson also served at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton,
Ohio, before coming to Holloman. His wife worked at Wright Patterson
as a secretary in the base medical laboratory, as well, he said.

Both of them heard serious talk about little green men who had been
brought onto the base and studied secretly, he said.

The subject of aliens never came up at Holloman, however, he said.

'I think it was a highly kept secret at that time,' he said.

In contrast, there was nothing secret about his dummies, he said.

'The dummies were not covered up or hidden (when transported), and
there was no security in the dummy drop phase of the experiments,'
he said.

And because the windblown dummies might end up falling just about
anywhere, the Air Force even offered $25 rewards to local residents
around Alamogordo to return the dummies to the base, he said. They
were all stamped with labels identifying them as Air Force property,
Madson said.