One of my friends has a Ducati 848, he reckons the people he bought it off swear some well off fellow came and bought one just for that very reason.
Never turned the motor over, just pegs through the axles.
Naturally, the world doesn't work like that. To undertake something like that new advances in physics, math, propulsion, metallurgy, electronics etc etc would have to be made, requiring the foremost brains of the world collaborating on cracking that nut. We are talking thousands and thousands of people, and people talk. Completely new measurement equipment would have to bade made and so on. Just give a scientist from 1947 an Intel XEON processor. The poor guy wouldn't stand a chance of figuring out what it was without a lot of help and that is only a 60 year span. He would only be able to look at it by destructive testing and thus have no means of probing and prodding it afterwards to see what it actually did. Not that he would be able to before anyways.
However, the biggest argument against this is the Soviet Union. Any scientific endeavor trying to crack the secret of an ET spacecraft would most certainly be discovered by the KGB some years after it happened, say the early to mid 1950s. Think how they would react if there was even the smallest chance of Roswell actually happened as proposed. The Soviets would then be looking at a United States of America with technology at their hands that could possibly render the entire Soviet weapons arsenal, including their small nuclear stockpile at the time, completely and utterly useless if the US could extract ET tech. What would the Soviets have done? They would most likely have tried the UN and requested that the US shared the tech. If not, well, then the Soviets were looking at their rapid demise and given the Soviet War plans released in the 1990s, I think it is a safe assumption to make that they would have invaded Europe and most likely engaged the US in war.
Either way, we would know.
I have to agree, very well put. I would have thought we would see some gadgets, like perhaps gauges, or new proposals for E=MC2, but as you point out, such would not get down to the general public in any case. The Soviet connection is one I also strongly agree on, many experts consider the KGB to have been the world's most effective intelligence agency in its time, even currently the entire world is starting to get fragmented with such super powers, China currently would be a force that would not lie down whilst the US has interstellar traffic happening. There is so much more than the US to consider in such global questions, but rarely does the magnitude get recognized.
Edited by psyche101, 15 September 2009 - 04:35 AM.