A number of people watched as a "projectile trailing luminous smoke" slammed into a beach leaving a yard wide, shallow crater containing a slag-like material, some of it reduced to powder. A newspaper reporter found a cylinder about twenty or thirty meters in diamerter. Military authorities investigated, produced ambiguous results, and finally accused the witnesses of imagining things.
Doughnut-shaped UFO. Harold Dahl, Fred Crisman and others. One of the craft, which seemed to be experiencing some kind of mechanical difficulty, showered some light-colored metallic flakes and hot slaglike material over the boat of Harold Dahl, Fred Crisman . Two officers, Captain William Davidson and Lieutenant Frank M. Brown, arrived from Hamilton Air Force Base, California to investigate their claims. The slag like material was found to be slag from a local smelting plant. A B-25 aircraft for the return flight to Hamilton Air Force Base with a box containing the slaglike material which Crisman had given officers, the aircraft engine burst into flames and the plane crashed 30 minutes after take off.
He told me the craft did not appear to be made of metal as we know metal on earth. He said it seemed to be created from something biological, like skin...His inspection of the debris had even him puzzled: very thin, aluminum colored, like silvery chewing gum wrappers. Very light and extremely strong. The interior of the craft was nearly bare of equipment, as if the creatures and craft were part of a single unit. -- Clark C. McClelland
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It was hearing him describe a metallic substance as thin as aluminum foil that when wadded into a ball would unfold itself, taking on its original shape with no sign of a crease or a fold. -- William P. Cone, Ph.D. on Bill Brazel Jr.
It was hearing Major Edwin Easley, the provost marshal of the 509th Bomb Group tell me that the craft was of extraterrestrial origin. -- William P. Cone, Ph.D.
Bruno Facchini found metal pieces, residue from a UFO repair operation he claimed to have witnessed. Nothing abnormal showed up on the analysis from Experimental Institute for Light Metals. The fragments under consideration are thus of a 'led bronze', with a high content of tin.
A glowing chunk flew off, and the pilot saw it glowing all the way to the ground. He radioed his report, and a ground party hurried to he scene. The thing was still glowing when they found it an hour or so later, the entire piece weighed about a pound. The segment that was loaned to me was about a third of that...There was iron rust - the thing was in reality a matrix of magnesium orthosilicate. The matrix had a great numbers - thousands - of 15-micron spheres scattered through it.
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Three fisherman saw a flying-disk plunging towards the ocean. Just as it seemed to about to enter the water , turned sharply upward and exploded into thousands of fiery fragments. The fisherman were able retrieve some metallic debris which had fallen near the beach. After chemical analysis it was announced the metal was magnesium of a higher purity than attainable in purification methods known to mankind. Utlilizing the best techniques known to purify magnesium at that time would have required repeated sublimation of the metal under a very high vacuum. Engineer James Harder has described the magnesium as having a close-packed hexagonal crystalline structure. The strength of this alloy may be relevant in the context of spacecraft construction. Walter Walker and Robert Johnson, metallurgists has found that the metal was solified, the grain runs in a single direction. No studies in directional graining were carried out before 1957 lends support to the fishermen's claims.
Sonic boom accompanied the fall of a fiery object from the sky.
The pieces were retrieved and analyzed. While there was nickel present it was insufficient for the metallic objects to be meteoric in origin. Further experiments resulted in a number of unusual reactions not consistent with the normal charecteristics of terrestrial metal.
The whispering or muted talk was mainly about the metal-like material from the crash site and the unique properties of this; apparently very light, flexible and seemingly indestructible, of unknown origin...and nothing lke it on Earth.
Sen. Barry Goldwater, a brigadier-general in the Air Force reserve, tried to check out the rumor that at Wright-Patterson there was a secret "Blue Room" where UFO remains were kept. When he asked his friend Gen. Curtis LeMay about the story, LeMay gave him "holy hell," Golwater would tell the New Yorker (April 25, 1988), informed him that he did not have the necessary clearence, and warned him never to bring up the subject again.
The object was said to have dropped some material from the craft, which Vallee would call a “liquid metal” substance, a common thread in some of the more dramatic UFO cases that Vallee has investigated.
The craft had allegedly “dropped a small object, which when recovered was reported to be composed of solder, aluminum and magnesium. I would like to examine those artifacts an do some analysis on the material. One of the metals often found in artifacts recovered from UFOs is aluminum. But there is something very special about this type of aluminum. I challenge the Board of Regents at Colorado University to allow my fellow scientists to have a sample of this specimen. With one test, we can verify if the material is extraterrestrial or not. Aluminum of this purity can not be produced here on earth due to some peculiar qualities found in Al.
Farmer Leonard Tillapaugh was almost killed when a small flying object struck his tractor. Analysis of object conducted at Northwest University and Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico. Absence of nickle ruled out meteoric origin, chemical composition consistent with known compositions of common cast iron, establishing the fragment as a manafactured object. However, it was such poor grade that the cost of producing such a substance would have been greater than its value. The Los Alamos scientist were unable to identify its origin.
For example, one informant was a woman who worked at Wright-Patterson for a number of years. Possessing a high security clearence, she was given access to much classified material. In due course she retired and subsequently learned that she was dying of cancer. Before her death she confided to a ufologist (remarking, "Uncle Sam can't do anything to me once I'm in my grave") that her work had included the cataloging of all incoming UFO material. She processed about 1000 items, she claimed, seeing to it that they were photographed and tagged. Some of the items were from the interior of a crashed UFO which had been brought to the base.