These witnesses said they delivered a special order of unusual glazed bricks to a large building adjacent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, a few days following the reported Kecksburg incident of December 9, 1965. JS made one delivery by himself and told Stringfield he saw a large bell-shaped object sitting on a flatbed trailer, covered with a tarpaulin, just outside the building. The next day, Myron and JS each drove a truckload of bricks to the same location. They were met by military personnel who escorted them to the designated unloading spot, just outside the large building. Myron says he too saw the trailer, now empty, which he described as an "Army 35 foot long tri-axel lowboy." The area was abuzz with activity. Both witnesses said that many of the military personnel were Navy.
Myron said they took quite a while to off-load the bricks by hand, and that they observed many military personnel in some kind of protective outfits coming and going from the building. At one point, he wandered over to an open door and peeked inside. He told Stringfield he saw the bell-shaped object very clearly inside. A scaffold had been erected next to it, from which several men were evidently working on the object. Myron said the object was about ten feet tall and somewhat less than ten feet wide at the base. JS (who only saw the object shrouded in a tarp) made a similar size estimate. Myron also said that the object showed signs of charring but was obviously metallic and mostly bronze colored.
Both Myron and JS said they observed workers with welding or cutting equipment. Myron later saw one of the welders outside the building and asked him what he was doing. The worker, Myron says, told him that they had attempted to open the object with a variety of cutting tools but had so far failed. Myron said the worker also alluded to the interior of the object being "hot," probably meaning radiation; and he mentioned the possibility of bodies inside.
Myron told Stringfield that the specialized brick was to be used to build a double-walled, lead-lined enclosure suitable for housing an object that might leak radiation.
Wright-Patterson was the headquarters of the Air Technical Intelligence Center, where any recovered aircraft-related object of possibly foreign origin would be taken for investigation. Thus it is perfectly plausible that the object found at Kecksburg, if not obviously a meteor, would be taken to Wright-Patterson. Where that object is today, however, remains unknown.
Over the years, various theories have been put forth to explain the Kecksburg object. As this story was being readied for distribution, ISCNI received a note from a "good authority" (who asked for anonymity) who said he knew for certain that the Kecksburg object was the remains of a Soviet satellite. He said the military was highly concerned because they knew the object contained a small nuclear reactor on board -- the Soviets perfected small, efficient reactors suitable for space applications well ahead of the U.S. -- but they were equally impressed that the shielding around the reactor had withstood both reentry and hard landing.
This is a plausible, though not substantiated, explanation for the Kecksburg incident. It this theory is true, however, it should now be possible to get a complete accounting from the military. Today, the U.S. and Russians are sharing nuclear technology for space applications. Thus, there is no longer any reason to withhold the truth about Kecksburg, if it was a 30 year-old Soviet satellite. On the other hand, many researchers do not believe this theory to be true and remain convinced the best explanation for Kecksburg is extraterrestrial.
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