A few months ago, I was helping with the forthcoming documentary Mirage Men, working with producer Mark Pilkington on locations in New Mexico and Los Angeles. The crew went out to visit UFO researcher Curtis Peebles in the California desert for a videotaped interview, and he showed them something that I really want to get ahold of.
What this puports to be is an insignia patch from the 509th Bomber Wing, based at Roswell, New Mexico. It was the world’s first atomic bomb squadron, and was of course based at the Roswell Army Airfield in 1947. When local researcher Dennis Balthaser saw the patch, he rang up the Air Force to ask them about it. The conversation is on his website and is almost as funny as the translation of the Latin slogan.
Q. Because the B-2 bomber and the numbers 509 are shown on the patch, I assume this is an official insignia patch used by the 509th at some point during the testing of the aircraft?
A. This is not an official patch. The official emblem used by the 509th Bomb Wing was approved in 1952, and is very different from the example given. No official emblem would display a unit number without also indicating its function—bombing, reconnaissance, fighter, etc.
Q. Wording “Classified Flight Test” is at the top of the insignia. During what time period would the flight tests have been done and at what location?
A. No Air Force unit would ever designate “Classified Flight Test” on its emblem. Flight tests, classified or unclassified, are conducted by the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, and no AFFTC patch ever carried such a legend.
Q. Latin words “Gustatus Similis Pullus” are shown at the bottom of the insignia. Please translate to English?
A. Guststus Similis Pullus is dog Latin for “Tastes Like Chicken.” This is supported by the alien figure, which apparently is eating the B-2.
Q. What do the nine horizontal lines in the background represent?
Q. What is the interpretation of the symbols shown on the right and left? (One on the left appears to be a fork)
A. The symbol on the left is indeed a three-pronged fork. This would support the eating motif. The symbol on the right is unclear.
(Ed. Note) It appears to be another eating utensil, known to me as a knife.