Watch an exclusive clip from new Tubi special, 'Aliens, Abductions, and UFOs: Roswell at 75'

The story goes like this: On July 7, 1947, a rancher in Corona, New Mexico named William Ware "Mack" Brazel phoned the local sheriff with an odd tale of strange metallic pieces found on his property roughly 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of Roswell, New Mexico. 

Today is the 75th anniversary of that notorious event, known around the globe as the Roswell Incident, in which a supposed alien craft crash-landed in New Mexico with a crew of extraterrestrials aboard. 

After Brazel reported the alleged wreckage, officers from the nearby Roswell Army Air Field were dispatched and officially announced via a press release that they'd found a "flying disc," a report that was later amended to identify the foil-like debris as a high-altitude spy balloon instead. Nevertheless, America's fascination with UFOs erupted!

Aliens, Abductions, and UFOs: Roswell at 75

Promotional image for "Aliens, Abductions, and UFOs: Roswell at 75." (Image credit: Tubi)

Despite the evidence that the wreckage was part of an operation known as Mogul designed to detect Soviet nuclear weapons tests, Ufologists and conspiracy theorists have maintained over the decades that this explanation was a cover-up, and the material was actually a real spaceship (albeit a very tiny one!) from another world. 

Was it really an alien craft? A secret U.S. military plane? Or just an experimental spy balloon for detecting Soviet nuclear tests? Though the Project Mogul explanation is almost certainly the correct one, a wide range of theories ranging from the prosaic to the fantastical persist to this day.

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An image from the US Air Force's 1997 publication "The Roswell report: case closed." (Image credit: US Air Force)

In honor of the famous crash, a new documentary airing on Tubi titled "Aliens, Abductions, and UFOs: Roswell at 75" chronicles the historic happening with illuminating new research that sheds light on the polarizing topic at a time when interest in unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), as UFOs have recently been rebranded, is at a fever pitch. 

This two-hour documentary special investigates the perplexing 1947 affair that incited Americans to become obsessed with aliens from outer space, presents little-known truths behind the secretive Area 51 test range, and explores the question of what our government really knows about these unexplained lights and objects in the sky.  

It's all guided by first-person interviews from eyewitnesses, people who claim to be abductees, journalists, and scientific experts leading the charge for UFO investigations today that might convince you that we're not alone. 

Here's the full release trailer:

Tubi's dive into UFO culture is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment and Streetcar Entertainment and is executive-produced by Robert Twilley ("Suburban Nightmare: Chris Watts," "Snapped") Mike Welsh ("Gone Before Her Time," "Alaska State Troopers"), and Maggie Mock ("Scariest Monsters in America," "Suburban Nightmare: Chris Watts").

"Aliens, Abductions, and UFOs: Roswell at 75" premiered on Wednesday (July 6) exclusively on Tubi.

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Jeff Spry
Contributing Writer

Jeff Spry is an award-winning screenwriter and veteran freelance journalist covering TV, movies, video games, books, and comics. His work has appeared at SYFY Wire, Inverse, Collider, Bleeding Cool and elsewhere. Jeff lives in beautiful Bend, Oregon amid the ponderosa pines, classic muscle cars, a crypt of collector horror comics, and two loyal English Setters.