The Unexplained: Did a UFO fall from the sky over Kecksburg?

In Kecksburg, Pennsylvania the year is 1965, and a strange craft lands in the woods. Explanations range from a meteor to extraterrestrial spacecraft. The military arrives and hauls it off and offers weird explanations and denials. The incident becomes known as “Pennsylvania’s Roswell”. Many questions are unanswered to this day. The author tells basically what happened.

The acorn-shaped object came glowing down from the sky with what appeared to be red, blue, and green flames.

The object was being guided by something inside or out.  It altered its path to avoid objects and made a level descent, away from residential areas, and into the woods near Kecksburg—This is what eyewitnesses had to say about the Kecksburg UFO in 1965

The Kecksburg UFO has been one of the greatest unsolved mysteries.  Many are certain that it was not a meteor, but a craft.  Those who actually caught a glimpse of it—and there were many—said that it was acorn-shaped, and was soon carted off by the military.  They had to have been monitoring the flight path to have arrived on the scene with removal equipment at such speed.  When it landed it became partially buried in the earth and was 10-12 feet long.  There was a band at the bottom inscribed with hieroglyphic-type figures.

On December 9, 1965, at 4:47 in the afternoon, the object came glowing down from the sky. It glowed with what seemed to be red, blue, and green flames. It flashed its way over parts of Canada, Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania, where it made its calculated descent near Kecksburg and seemed to seek out an uninhabited hollow, a blank space in a wooded area.  For all appearances, it was metallic.

Sara Marie Hogg

Not long after it landed, people gathered around, but the military showed up and began shooing people off, some at gunpoint, it was rumored.  The Canadian radar was definitely tracking it.  The US government made claims that they had not tracked it but somehow, a US crew of handlers arrived almost immediately and had a flatbed army truck waiting to carry it off.

One family had the exciting experience of the dozen or so military men setting up a command post in their home.  They wanted privacy and the use of the telephone, they explained.  The family agreed and the military told the parents to send the children to bed.  Some of the children continued to spy secretly and had tales to tell when they grew up. For instance, the two types of men in their home that night were military men in uniforms—and men in suits.  The men in the suits were the bosses of the rest of them.  They gave the orders.  A half-dozen of the men put on what seemed to be radiation suits and took a lead box to the site.

When the flatbed truck with the white star on it rolled out with the mysterious capsule, the mumbling in the crowd of bystanders indicated that they felt that they were taking it to Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.  One witness was certain that he saw a tiny body on a gurney that was also loaded onto the back of the truck.  The arm of the creature that dangled down off the gurney only had three fingers and the skin was lizard-like.

Was it an extraterrestrial with a spacecraft?  Many thought it was a spy vehicle being used by either the USA or Russia to spy on each other.  A more recent conclusion is more specific: it was a General Electric Mark 2 Re-Entry vehicle that was being used by the Air Force as a spy ship.  It fell.  Two Westmoreland County researchers put their heads together to come up with this conclusion.

In a bizarre side story, an investigative journalist, Leslie Kean, with the backing of the Sci-Fi (Sy Fy) Channel brought a lawsuit against NASA.  The reporter wanted the release of documents concerning the Kecksburg UFO incident.  Under the Freedom of Information Act, a court-ordered NASA to search for records which had been lost.  Two boxes of papers had been missing.

This is not necessarily suspicious.  Records often get misplaced at various agencies, and other writers have suggested, that NASA was not even involved in the retrieval of the Kecksburg UFO, other government agencies had taken charge of that:  military men and mysterious men in suits.  Many thought the lawsuit was a mere publicity stunt.

The authorities stand by their claim that the object that fell from the sky was a meteorite.

One interesting note from the command center in the family’s house.  After the military cleared out, there were no notations on the family’s phone bill of calls made or received on their phone — and the phone had definitely been used by many of the men in the house.

This brings us to a current unexplainable.  Recently, in Poland, a similar acorn-shaped object was discovered.  It was discovered in an isolated, untraveled area of a Polish woodland.  Many area UFOlogists that descended on the scene are convinced that it is a space capsule that had advanced alien technology.   Those who have studied both objects, the Kecksburg UFO and the Polish UFO, say they are very similar.

Stay tuned.

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Quite Curious, a collection of true stories about the bizarre and unexplained. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.

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