Bell immediately announced that he intended to have pieces of the debris tested at a laboratory. Meanwhile, two more letters, one containing further debris, were received in May.
Pictures of the debris, along with the full text of the letters, are posted on Art Bell's web site, http://www.artbell.com/
Excerpts from the April 18 letter follow:
"My grandfather was a member of the Retrieval Team, sent to the [Roswell] crash site, just after the incident was reported. He died in 1974, but not before he had sat down with some of us, and talked about the incident.
"I am currently serving in the military, and hold a Security Clearance, and do NOT wish to 'go public,' and risk losing my career and commission.
"Nonetheless, I would like to briefly tell you what my own grandfather told me about Roswell. In fact, I enclose for your safekeeping "samples" that were in the possession of my grandfather until he died, and which I have had since his own estate was settled. As I understand it, they came from the UFO debris, and were among a large batch subsequently sent to Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio from New Mexico.
"My grandfather was able to 'appropriate' them, and stated that the metallic samples are 'pure extract aluminum.' You will note that they appear old & tempered, and they have been placed in tissue-paper, and in baggies for posterity.
"I have had them since 1974, and after considerable thought and reflection, give them to you. Feel free to share them with any of your friends in the UFO Research Community...
"As my grandad stated, the Team arrived at the crash site just after the AAF/USAF reported the ground zero location. They found two dead occupants, hurled free of the Disc.
"A lone surviving occupant,was found within the Disc, and it was apparent, its left leg was broken. There was a minimal radiation contamination, and it was quicky dispersed with a water/solvent wash, and soon the occupant was dispatched for medical assistance and isolation. The bodies were sent to the Wright-Patterson AFB, for dispersal...
"Grandad was part of the Team that went with the surviving occupant. The occupant communicated via telepathic means. It spoke perfect English, and communicated the following:
"The Disc was a 'probeship' dispatched from a 'launchship' that was stationed at the dimensional gateway to the Terran Solar System, 32 light years from Terra. They had been conducting operations on Terra for over 100 years.
"The Disc that crashed had collided with a meteor in orbit of Terra, and was attempting to compensate its flight vector, but because of the collision, the inter-atmospheric propulsion system malfunctioned... and the Disc was soon virtually helpless...
"Grandad spent a total of 26 weeks in the Team that examined and debriefed the lone survivor of the Roswell crash. Grandad's affiliation with the 'project' ended when the occupant was to be
transported to a long-term facility. He was placed on-board a USAF Transport aircraft, that was to be sent to Washington, D.C.
"The aircraft and all aboard disappeared under mysterious and disturbing circumstances, enroute to Washington, D.C.
"It may interest you that three fighter aircraft, dispatched to investigate a distress call from the transport, experienced many electrical malfunctioning systems failures, as they entered the
airspace of the transport's last reported location. No crash or debris of the transport was ever found. The Team was disbanded."
CNI News takes no position on the potential validity of the foregoing text.
However, testing of a piece of the alleged wreckage has turned up the possibility that it may be anomalous. Further testing is still underway.
As indicated in the above text, the tested sample turned out to be very pure aluminum, as indicated by spectrographic analysis. That analysis, however, only tested a small portion of the metal on the surface of the sample.
The sample measured 6 x 6 x 1 millimeters. If pure aluminum throughout, it should have weighed approximately 97 milligrams. However, it weighed 160 milligrams. Immediate speculation arose that it was made of some heavier material coated with pure aluminum.
Now, however, a further test has been run that seems to indicate that the piece was indeed pure aluminum all the way through, according to researcher Linda Howe, who has carefully followed the testing process from the beginning.
Howe has told CNI News that she will send a complete report as soon as final testing is concluded. She seems convinced, however, that the metal is anomalous.
If a metal sample tests as pure aluminum but weighs approximately 60 percent more than it should, science would be faced with a genuine challenge. There is no known isotope of aluminum that could cause such a weight discrepancy.
Meanwhile, Art Bell has received a second sample of debris, including a piece supposedly taken from the exterior skin of the craft. Bell says it is comprised of about 50 layers of very thin metallic sheets and appears burned or heat-damaged on one side.
Testing has already begun on the new sample, but no report has been issued yet.
CNI News will continue to follow this developing story.
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