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The Kecksburg Files: What crashed in 1965 in the woods at Kecksburg, PA?


The Kecksburg Files



UFO researcher’s video explores       

several theories about 1965 crash

in Westmoreland County

Wednesday, September 09, 1998 

Post Gazette Magazine

By David Templeton, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

Since the uncertain events of Dec. 9, 1965, debate has raged, friendships have soured, rumors have waxed, theories have arisen and Internet stories have proliferated over what crash-landed that day in the rural village of Kecksburg, Westmoreland County.

The military insisted it was a meteorite that was never recovered.

UFO skeptics have held that, if not an outright hoax, it was surely something as explainable as the Soviet Venus probe, Kosmos 96, or an experimental American spacecraft that went flip-flop into Kecksburg’s midsection only to be recovered by a quick and secretive military.

But UFO researchers, who say the Kecksburg incident is second only to the one at Roswell, N.M., in terms of drama and potential, have suggested with as much imagination as fact that it was alien visitors who chose Kecksburg as their Sea of Tranquility.

All of which has transformed the event that happened 33 years ago into one of America’s most intriguing UFO mysteries.

The Kecksburg incident has served as fodder for episodes of “Unsolved Mysteries” and “Sightings” television broadcasts. The mock-up spacecraft built for the “Unsolved Mysteries” broadcast now sits atop the Kecksburg fire hall as the only lasting sign of the village’s controversial claim to fame.

Now, Greensburg UFO researcher Stan Gordon, who has studied the Kecksburg crash since the day it happened, has produced a 92-minute documentary titled, “Kecksburg: The Untold Story,” that provides eyewitness accounts and claims that surely will bolster debate.

As the cover says, “New Mexico has Roswell, but in Pennsylvania, it was Kecksburg,”

The most persistent Kecksburg researcher, Gordon has long kept an open mind as to what may have landed, but always has been intrigued by possibilities of an extraterrestrial visit. He now adds to the literature, legend and litany with his video that provides not only overwhelming evidence that something acorn-shaped landed in Kecksburg’s lap that day, but also new accounts that what landed was extraterrestrial.

Written and narrated by Gordon, 48, the video provides numerous eyewitness testimonials from people who saw the fireball cruise at rather low speeds and altitudes across the southwestern Pennsylvania sky, maneuver, complete some turns and finally put down in Kecksburg’s woods, about 7 miles southeast of Greensburg.

Others who went rummaging through the woods that early evening say they saw an acorn-shaped spacecraft half buried in a gully. Many others, including news reporters, saw Kecksburg crawling with military personnel from the Air Force, Army and NASA that evening, while others saw a Volkswagen Beetle-sized craft removed under a tarpaulin on the back of a military flatbed truck. Still others say they saw it being hauled to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

Swirling with eerie music, subplots, mysteries and theories, the video builds to a well-orchestrated climax of two men claiming evidence that it was an extraterrestrial spacecraft. One even claims to have seen what appeared to be a deceased, lizard-skinned creature partially covered by a sheet inside a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hangar.

Gordon comes to no conclusions, except that something definitely landed in Kecksburg at 4:45 p.m. on that day. While entertaining the possibility that the craft was American or Soviet, Gordon provides reasons why those explanations are lacking. He leaves the viewer with the definite sense that his research points squarely at something more profound.

“It’s an intriguing story,” he said in a recent interview. “It’s been almost 33 years and we still don’t have an answer.

A lot of key witnesses have passed away, are up in age, or not in the best of health. This was the best way to have them tell their story themselves about what they experienced.”

His video provides detailed history of the Kecksburg incident along with a long string of witnesses who provide theories, surprises and intrigue, yet leave the viewer yearning for some conclusion.

With that in mind, Gordon asks viewers to petition members of Congress to schedule hearings to collect testimony and help solve the lingering mystery.

For years, debate has been escalating.

A 1991 article in The Pittsburgh Press described generally what happened, based on various witnesses accounts that are included in greater detail in Gordon’s video.

Dec. 9, 1965, was a dreary day in Westmoreland County – that is, until what was described as a roundish fireball appeared. It reportedly seared the gray sky at low altitude with a jet trail, then made S-turns and what appeared to be a controlled landing through the treetops into Kecksburg’s woods.

The fireball was seen across the northeastern United States and was the subject of numerous newscasts that day.

Local residents headed toward the landing site. James Romansky and others trailed the object into the woods by observing the arc-wielding flames and bluish sparklers evident through the trees after the landing.

The object was 12 feet long and 6 to 7 feet in diameter, and shaped like an acorn. It had a ring around the base, just like an acorn, that bore what Romansky described as backward letters, like a backward J or K. Some have described the lettering as resembling Egyptian hieroglyphics – lines, stars, circles and shapes. The craft had no doors or windows. The metal was seamless, with a dent, but bearing no rivets or welds.

The local men soon were chased away by U.S. military officials who announced that the landing site was off-limits to all civilians.

As the writer of the 1991 article, this reporter explored whether the spacecraft could have been the Soviet Venus probe known as Kosmos 96. The U.S. Space Command reported that Kosmos 96 crash-landed in Canada shortly after 3 a.m. – more than 12 hours before the Kecksburg crash at 4:45 p.m.




2 Responses to “The Kecksburg Files: What crashed in 1965 in the woods at Kecksburg, PA?”

  1. I actually witnessed this when I was seven years old. myself and two brothers watched this thing creep slowly across the sky with debris clearly falling from the bottom of it.It turned east and slowly disappeared into the distance.our local paper wrote a brief article about it.

  2. the united states is hiding the kecksburg object at write patterson air base in ohio. why after 46 years are they hiding the truth obout this outer space object which was not a russian venus probe?

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