posted on Aug, 22 2013 @ 04:22 PM
I have had a lot more opportunity to see inside the world of military, industrial, and NASA materials and propulsion technology than most people. I
don't claim to know everything, but it seems pretty clear from what I have seen and heard from various inside sources that we are much farther away
from our atmospheric (hypersonic) and exoatmospheric (interplanetary/interstellar) goals than many people seem to believe. I wish it were otherwise. I
grew up expecting to be taking vacations on the Moon and Mars by now, and here I am living in a world that currently lacks even a commercial
The main point of my earlier posts was simply that Ben Rich did not say what some people claim he said. Most of his so-called quotes are not traceable
back to a reliable source. The Keller/Harzan accounts of his 1993 UCLA speech are based solely on memory and were only reported years after the event.
The overall description of Rich's presentation matches (for the most part) his standard script, though I'm not sure that I believe he ended that
talk with a discussion of the F-117A. By 1993, he was ending with the YF-22 winning the Advanced Tactical Fighter fly-off competition, something the
Skunk Works was justifiably proud of at the time. Perhaps he mentioned it earlier in his UCLA speech, or maybe Keller and Harzan simply forgot. It is
not really important. I won't hold it against Keller and Harzan that they describe his UFO slide as a black disk flying into space, rather than as a
metallic flying saucer in a cloudy sky with a sunburst. Their description is not bad for being based on memory, and I was just looking at a photocopy
of the original slide last week. Quoting Rich as saying, "We have the technology to take E.T. home" is a close but memory-distorted version of what
he actually said, as evidenced by his presentation scripts, which he followed closely.