Originally posted by jamesder
cool story, but if the military is aware of it and are coming to retrieve it with some amount of urgency, the obvious guess would be military
I'm surprised that, so far, no one has even tried to follow the "clues" that have been provided.
-The fact that the object was recovered so quickly does, indeed suggest that the "helicopter recovery team" was already in the air while the object
was descending, and had foreknowledge of the object's landing zone.
-The rapid recovery and evacuation of the object (aproximately 17 minutes to complete, per witness estimate) indicates that the object either
executed a controlled (slow) landing, or that its mass was exceptionaly low for its volume (estimated, again by witness testimony, to be similar to
that of a 10,000 gallon tanker truck).
A heavier object, of that size, falling at free-fall speeds from altitude, would have buried itself well into all but solid rock. Recovery would have
required heavy equipment to dig it (or what was left of it) out before it could be flown out by helicopter.
-About the helicopters: the recovery chopper was described as a "Skycrane" -type of heavy-lift copter. The Ericsson S64E Skycrane has a payload
capacity of 20,000lbs. Its top speed is 126MPH and it has a maximum range of aprox. 230 miles.
So the object, whatever it was, was the size of a tanker truck-trailer, ovoid in shape, weighing less than 20,000 lbs. It landed significantly intact,
after what was described as a "firey" descent, gently enough to have avoided drilling itself into the ground.
The object was quickly recovered, slung under a copter and flown to a locale, likely with a 115 mile radius of the "crash" site.
None of this "proves" the object was, or positively was not
terrestrial in origin.
However, it might be prudent to take note of the fact that an object of this one's stated size and mass, survived a relatively "uncontrolled"
descent and assumedly "hard" landing with little or damage, allowing it to be recovered as quickly as reported. This speaks to some
durable materials being incorporated with some impressive structural engineering!
Detroit should build cars so tough!