“Carey and Schmitt show that good, old-fashioned investigative reporting is still alive and well.” —Cheryll Jones, former anchor, CNN News
The true nature of what actually crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947 remains classified. Only a select few have ever had access to the truth about what became known as Area 51.
But what happened to the remnants of that crash is shrouded in even greater mystery. What began in the high desert of New Mexico ended at Wright-Patterson, an ultra-top-secret Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio. The physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitation was buried deep within this nuclear stronghold. How tragic that such seismic news should be kept from the people of the world . . . pieces of history, now quickly dwindling into oblivion as the last of the secret-keepers passes on.
In addition to its rich history of military service to our nation, Wright-Patterson also stands as the secret tomb of one of the greatest occurrences in recorded history. Be prepared . . . the real Area 51—Wright-Patterson‘s vault—is about to be opened.
UFO Secrets Inside Wright-Patterson is a thoroughly researched work that includes:
- New eyewitness accounts from the late Leonard Stringfield's files about the crash retrieval evidence stored at Wright-Patterson
- New testimonies from the late Emmy-award-winning TV reporter Carl Day concerning physical evidence of crashed UFOs stored in underground facilities at Wright-Patterson
- Newly discovered Project Blue Book files from Wright-Patterson including photos and Air Force investigations of UFOs.
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About the Author
Thomas J. Carey is a U.S. Air Force veteran who held a Top Secret security clearance. He has spent the last 23 years investigating the Roswell incident and published more than 35 articles about it. Tom has appeared as a guest on many radio and TV shows and contributed to a number of Roswell-related documentaries. Together with Donald R. Schmitt, they have written many bestselling books such as Witness to Roswell.
Donald R. Schmitt is a best-selling author, a former co-director of special investigations at the J. Allen Hyneck Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, and a founder of the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell. He has been interviewed on a number of media outlets including Oprah, 48 Hours, the Today Show, and the New York Times. Together with Thomas J. Carey, they have written many bestselling books such as Witness to Roswell.
Stanton T. Friedman is a nuclear physicist who worked on a wide variety of advanced, classified nuclear systems for major industrial companies. He began the civilian investigation of the Roswell Incident; wrote Flying Saucers and Science and TOP SECRET/MAJIC; and coauthored Crash at Corona, Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience, and Science Was Wrong. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Friedman resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE
Even Secret Locations Have a History
"Everything goes into Wright Patterson but nothing ever comes out."
— DR. J. ALLEN HYNEK
Military installations are typically named using the same method as government buildings, schools, post offices, and the like: they carry the name of a famous person who has no other connection to the facility than they happened to be next on the honors list. Wright-Patterson was clearly the exception. Its namesake could not be more appropriate or more deserving of such a distinction.
The land on which the base is located today has much more history than is ever taught in any school book outside of Dayton, Ohio. However, anyone with any knowledge of aviation knows exactly where it all began: when man first tried to put an engine in a crude skeleton of a machine and get it off the ground. Wright-Patterson has the distinction of being founded on a dream — a dream that man could fly. It's where Orville and Wilbur Wright risked life and limb on an 84-acre stretch of land known at the time as the Huffman Prairie Flying Field back in 1904. They kept hoping their new flying contraption would stay in the air for just a few seconds more, but gravity relentlessly prevailed. Like the biblical Noah and the construction of the ark, the brothers Wright stood on their personal conviction that destiny was just beyond the next cloud.
A flat open field was the best they could manage, and they could not make the device any lighter. Then, on December 17, 1903, in another vacant patch of grass at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the first successful powered flight took place. While Orville watched from the ground, Wilbur wrestled with the makeshift cable controls and managed to keep their Wright Flyer in the air for a whole 12 seconds, flying just 120 feet. Through pure perseverance and a good tailwind, the modern age of aviation was etched in all the history books on that day. Man could fly, albeit for just a dozen heartbeats. Could the moon be that far away?
In the next five years, the famous brothers started their own instruction facility and named it the Wright Brothers Flying School. Manned engine flight was about to gain the watchful attention of Uncle Sam. Ironic that this invention was not mothered by war, but it was about to be drafted by its presidium.
As the Kaiser spread his aggression throughout Europe, the United States was obligated to assist its allies and entered World War I (WWI) in 1917. In short order, three government-funded military installations were built in Dayton to assist in the accelerating war effort. In addition, as fate would have it, two of these would eventually become part of what today is Wright- Patterson Air Force Base. One site was Wilbur Wright Field and the other was adjoining installation Fairfield Aviation General Supply Depot, which was operated by the army and provided logistical support to its neighbor, along with other military needs throughout the Midwest.
In 1918, after about a year, the two airfields successfully staged a number of joint exercises. Both used McCook Field, near downtown Dayton, for the storage, service, and assemblage of aircraft and their engines. Aviation was quickly becoming a corporate enterprise, and the Wright brothers were still in the forefront, since no one could match their know-how. When the war ended, the Wright training school was shut down, and two of the military installations merged to become the Fairfield Air Depot. But, as destiny would have it, the military was not finished with the brothers. In 1924, Wright Field was established as the Pentagon continued its efforts to build on the successes of the previous air war. The Army Air Corps was a proven war machine, and Wright Field would lead the way in protecting the United States in the sky. It was only fitting that the newly formed base would be dedicated to both Wilbur and Orville Wright. To this day, their name and legacy remain synonymous with all things aeronautical.
Soon thereafter, Wright Field became the headquarters of the Materiel Division, which was a main branch of the Army Air Corps, and in 1920, the Technical Data Section (TDS) was created. It was their main responsibility to develop and design advanced aircraft, equipment, and accessories. Engineering laboratories were constructed, and all concepts of flight were studied and perfected at the growing facility.
Lieutenant Frank Stuart Patterson, who was killed in 1918 during a test flight over the base, had long championed the mission of the base and worked diligently to keep Wright Field in the heart of Dayton. It was only fitting that the city rewarded him by designating Patterson Field as an adjoining base on the east side. Even though Wright and Patterson were two separate installations, their projects often augmented and strategically complemented one another, each providing areas of technical support or facilities and technicians the other did not have. For example, in 1942, Patterson renamed TDS the Technical Data Laboratory (TDL). Then, on July 1, 1945, it was renamed T-2 Intelligence, and the facility specialized in metallurgy and reverse engineering. Whenever a more advanced foreign aircraft design was recovered for analysis and study, Patterson Field was the most likely destination. It was also at that time that T-2 became especially knowledgeable in the physical aspects of the new phenomenon of "flying saucers." If the flight characteristics commonly described by witnesses were accurate, the visionary minds at T-2 must have reeled with all the possibilities.
Is it any wonder, then, that during and after World War II (WWII) both facilities saw a dramatic expansion? They expanded from 3,700 employees in 1939 to more than 50,000 by the end of the war, playing an important role in the Allied victory. The Materiel Division at Wright handled the procurement of aircraft and their parts on production lines around the country, which resulted in increased testing and development, whereas the Air Service Commission at Patterson maintained the hardware's logistical assimilation into the war. By 1944, the Pentagon realized that this was a duplication of effort and dropped the separate commands at each base and placed both under the newly established Air Technical Service Command.
It was during the war years and immediately thereafter that major project funding and facility improvements were done — all deemed necessary by Washington. Extended concrete runways were poured — the first at any American base — along with larger labs and test sites, and new office buildings for the growing number of civilian employees on the base. During the war, more than 300 new buildings were constructed to house such headquarters as the Air Force Materiel Command, the USAF Medical Center, the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the Air Force Research Laboratory.
After the surrender of Germany in 1945, both airfields gained major military advancements from studying salvaged Luftwaffe planes. Patterson focused on the hardware and any advancements that made it superior to our own air force, while Wright conducted all the testing. On the Pacific front, the Technical Air Intelligence Unit (TAIU) took possession of all captured Japanese aircraft and equipment after the final surrender. In December of that year, TAIU was transferred to the operation of T-2 at Wright Field under the directorship of Lt. Colonel Howard McCoy.
It was one thing to recover the enemy hardware, but it was another thing to learn how to use it. Fortunately, US forces were able to capture their inventors. "Show us how it works" was the principal objective of operation Paperclip, which provided the United States with more than 200 highly regarded German scientists. Though most of them were former Nazi party members, they worked in close collaboration with their American counterparts on all aspects of military technology. This collaboration caused an explosion of aerial technological advancement, most of which ended up at Wright Field for testing. Many of the German scientists worked closely with T-2 tacticians who specialized in engines, aerodynamics, and new material construction. It was their mandate to:
1. Ensure the prevention of strategic, tactical, or technological surprises from any source.
2. Provide intelligence required for command decisions, and counsel upon air preparedness and air operations.
3. Enact appropriate counterintelligence measures.
Both logistically and in matters of national security, T-2 was the single most proficient agency to handle the recovery, containment, and disinformation of anything recovered from the air. General Douglas MacArthur had previously instructed Air Technical Intelligence, a predecessor to T-2, at the end of the war in the Pacific, to "take complete charge of all enemy crashed or captured aircraft or personnel as early as possible after the crash."
With the ever-expanding role of the Air Corps, the decision was finally made and signed into law in September 1947 that the Air Force would officially become a separate branch of the military. The term Army Air Fields simply became Air Fields, and in 1948 the term Air Field was dropped in favor of Air Force Base, concomitant with the merger of Wright and Patterson Air Fields into a single, unified base: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Now that the air was conquered, could space be far behind? The facility would create one of the first labs that experimented with monkeys and apes in upper atmospheric testing. During the 1960s, sonic booms rattled nearby windows as B-52 bombers roared over Dayton from dawn until dusk. Clearly harbingers of things to come, former Wright-Patterson test pilots were astronauts: Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, and Edward White, the first American to walk in space. Hangars were now housing wind tunnels, and they tested super-sonic and sub-orbit aircraft — and Wright-Patterson led the way.
Ever the center of high-technology war strategy, the base became headquarters of the USAF Logistics Command and housed the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, which is the department of defense's (DOD's) primary source for both foreign and space threats. As a fitting tribute to the base's dedication to our national security, the personal files of Nikola Tesla are preserved there.
Today, it is arguably the most important Air Force base in the world. If the Pentagon represents the brains of the Air Force, then certainly Wright- Patterson is its heart. Respectfully called "The Field" by residents of Dayton, Ohio, it has become a state-of-the-art military installation covering nearly 13 square miles of secured buildings, labs, hangars, and runways. Likewise, from all accounts, a good portion of it is underground. It employs more personnel, both military and civilian, than the Pentagon, with a payroll of more than a billion dollars a year. Nuclear-armed aircraft from the 906th, the 2750th, and the 4950th stand ready to answer the call to all corners of the globe. Air Force logistic systems that are developed there, including most of the engineering of future aeronautical breakthroughs, will soon take us to the stars — and Orville and Wilbur will be waiting.
It is because of this rich history and the centralized location of many ongoing research projects that Wright-Patterson remains in the forefront of advanced aircraft studies. Is it any wonder that such a facility would serve as the focal point of investigations into unidentified flying objects. Yet outside of the UFO community, few are aware of Wright-Patterson's distinction of maintaining the U.S. government's official investigation of the UFO phenomenon from 1947 until 1969. With its vital experience of testing and reverse-engineering all materials both foreign and "from space," whatever crashed outside of Roswell fell under their purview. It is also a documented fact that the "debris" from New Mexico was sent to Wright Field, clearly demonstrating that it qualified as either foreign or from space. Our investigation will demonstrate which of the two has the most supporting evidence.
The event in 1947 required the most sensitive and secret facility our military could provide, and Wright-Patterson AFB wrote the very book on the question, "What makes something fly?" If it was only a weather balloon device manufactured with the most common materials, why was it sent to Wright Field for identification and analysis in the first place? By the time you read the final pages of this book there will remain little doubt what the true answer to that perplexing question is.CHAPTER 2
A Case of Mistaken Identity
"Rumor had it that Hangar 18 was where a spaceship and aliens were [stored]."
— JAMES CONWAY, writer/director of the 1980 movie Hangar 18
"No, Sir. There is no Hangar 18 here on the base, and there never has been." So says the perfunctory voice on the other end of the line that has been trained by the Office of Public Information at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and has responded that way to people inquiring about Hangar 18 for more than 40 years. When visitors come to Wright-Patterson for tours of the base, the main question they all still seem to want the answer to is, "Where is Hangar 18 — you know, where the aliens are stored?" So are the public relations representatives of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB) shamelessly lying to the public when this question is asked? Well, yes and no. As a certain U.S. president once told us, "It depends on what the meaning of the word is is."
A statement in a recent issue of Air Force Magazine concerning the Air Force's unfortunate mishandling of the UFO phenomenon throughout the years echoed this theme: "... there is no Hangar 18 at the base [Wright-Patterson Air Force Base]."
If there is no Hangar 18 on the base, as the pronouncements from Air Force officials clearly indicate, why do we continue to receive letters and e-mails from ordinary citizens that say the opposite? For example, the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell received an e-mail from Janis Yoder of Dayton, ohio, some years ago stating, "I have lived by the [Wright-Patterson] base all my life and have heard about the bodies and 'Hangar 18.'" Lance Winkler, also of Dayton, more recently told us that he had worked for a contractor at Wright-Patterson for about 12 years. "You can imagine the scuttlebutt that went on about the subject. Talking with the motor pool guys, they told me that almost every time some group of people new to the base got on the bus, they always asked where 'Hangar 18' was, and if they could drive them to it." Winkler wasn't finished:
One time years ago, I was at a social function with a family friend who was a retired Air Force officer formerly based at Wright-Patt. In the course of our conversation, I broached whether there were really UFOs and Little Men at the base. He guffawed and looked at me like I was a little crazy to ask such a thing. I apologized and said that I had heard this stuff all of my life and figured that if anybody knew, he would [he was an aeronautical engineer]. He then became rather serious and told me that only upon three conditions would he say anything about the matter: (1) I would never mention his name or rank, (2) it was strictly off the record, and (3) if anyone ever got back to him for confirmation, he would deny he ever said it. I agreed to those terms."They're there!"he said.
Dr. Allen P. Kovacs is an engineer with a PhD in computational multi-body dynamics, which is about the physics of moving things. In the 1980s and '90s, Dr. Kovacs worked for an engineering software developer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that developed software for use in the automotive industry. It was in that time frame that he led a group of employees to attend a seminar on topics concerning "the numerical integration of the differential equations of motion" at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The group drove down to Wright-Patterson in one car and arrived at the main gate for security clearance and directions to the AFIT Building where the seminar was being held. Dr. Kovacs got out of the car and walked over to the lady who passed out maps and provided information to base visitors. Dr. Kovacs was already aware of the Roswell incident and the fact that the bodies and debris had allegedly been delivered to the base years before. He gave us this account of his conversation with her:
I went up to the directions lady and asked for a map. Then I looked at her and said, "By the way, can you tell me where they keep the UFO aliens here at Wright-Patterson?" She looks up at me and in a straight face, no emotion or smile, and says, "They're here, but I can't tell you exactly where." Then I laugh and say, "Oh really? You're kidding me. Right?" And she replies, "No, they are here, but I can't tell you where they are."(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
1. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base: Even Secret Locations Have a History,
2. Hangar 18: A Case of Mistaken Identity,
3. The Summer of the UFOs: Panic at the Pentagon,
4. Reverse-Engineering the "Memory Metal",
5. The Senator and the Blue Room,
6. "Those Who Know Don't Talk",
7. Aliens on Ice?,
8. "My Name Is June Crain",
9. The Fighter Ace Meets Something Squiggly,
10. Project Sign: "The Estimate of the Situation",
11. Project Grudge Grounds the Saucers,
12. Project Stork: The Secret Project that Never Existed,
13. Project Blue Book's Fall to Irrelevance,
14. A General Exposes the Air Force's True Agenda,
15. The Air Force Washes Its Hands,
16. Dr. J. Allen Hynek: Dupe or Accomplice?,
17. "They're Making Us Patsies All Over Again!",
18. On Assignment at Wright-Patterson,
19. Heart-Attacking the Witnesses,
20. From Close Encounters to Crash Retrievals,
21. Leonard Stringfield and the Little Green Men,
22. The Secret Stringfield/Wright-Patterson Files,
23. The Jawbone that Spoke Martian,
24. In the Shadows of Ghosts,