As home to Project Blue Book, series of systematic studies of UFOs from 1951 to 1969, Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base ranks alongside Area 51 as a subject of enduring speculation about alien visitors. Many of the rumours surrounding Wright-Patt, as the facility is colloquially known, involve what might have gone on inside a single depot called Hangar 18.
Alien life conspiracy theorists believe the government hid physical evidence from their investigation into UFO debris and alien autopsies in this mysterious warehouse.
There are not now, nor have there ever been, any extraterrestrial visitors or equipment on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
The US Air Force
Of most interest is about the supposedly sealed, highly guarded location dubbed “the Blue Room.”
The legend of Hangar 18 dates back to the purported July 1947 crash of a UFO in the desert near Roswell, New Mexico.
According to a press release issued by the Roswell Army Air Field at the time, their personnel inspected the “UFO” and sent it on to “higher headquarters.”
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A second press release from an Air Force base in Fort Worth, Texas claimed the disc was a weather balloon.
However, this claim was acknowledged to be untrue in 1994.
The Air Force admitted it had been testing a surveillance device designed to fly over nuclear research sites in the Soviet Union.
But in addition to Fort Worth, many UFO enthusiasts believe some of the materials from Roswell were also transported to Wright Field after the crash and stored in Hangar 18, based on unverified anecdotes from former military pilots.
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Once, Oliver Henderson, reportedly told his wife that he flew a plane loaded with debris, along with several small alien bodies, from Roswell to Wright Field.
The children of another pilot, World War 2 ace Marion “Black Mac” Magruder, their father claimed to have seen a living alien at Wright Field in 1947 and told them “it was a shameful thing that the military destroyed this creature by conducting tests on it.”
Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, the Republican nominee for president in 1964, was notoriously fascinated by UFOs and Hangar 18.
The politician publicly claimed he tried to access the Blue Room in the early 1960s, but had been denied access by a General Curtis LeMay.
Even after Project Blue Book wrapped up in 1969, rumours about Wright-Patt endured.
In 1974, Florida UFOlogist Robert Spencer Carr announced the Air Force was hiding “two flying saucers of unknown origin” inside Wright-Patterson’s Hangar 18, according to a report in the Tampa Tribune.
Mr Carr claimed to have a high-ranking military source, who saw 12 alien bodies undergoing autopsies.
Though Mr Carr’s claims were highly dubious, widespread media coverage of them, as well as the release of the 1980 movie Hangar 18, helped cement the legend of Wright-Patt as the locus of UFO-related activities.
The US Air Force has categorically denied the story and maintains there has never actually been a Hangar 18 anywhere on Wright-Patt, although there is a Building 18.
The Air Force said in an official statement issued in January 1985: “Periodically, it is erroneously stated that the remains of extraterrestrial visitors are or have been stored at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
“There are not now, nor have there ever been, any extraterrestrial visitors or equipment on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.”
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