Crashed UFOs, alien autopsies and US government cover-ups – unraveling the legend surrounding Hangar 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Home to the Blue Book project and a series of systematic UFO studies from 1951 to 1969, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, along with Area 51, is the subject of ongoing speculation about aliens. Many rumors around Wright-Patterson are known to be related to what could have happened inside one warehouse called “Hangar 18”. Conspirasists believe that the government hid there material evidence obtained during their investigation about the wreckage of UFOs and the opening of aliens in this mysterious warehouse. Of greatest interest is the allegedly sealed, heavily guarded place, called the “Blue Room”.
Many of the rumors surrounding Wright-Patt, as it is known, involve what could have happened inside a specific building, known as Hangar 18. UFO enthusiasts believe the government has hidden physical evidence from their investigations – including flying disc debris, remains of extraterrestrials and even captured aliens – in this mysterious warehouse, specifically within a sealed and highly protected place, nicknamed “Blue Room”.
The legend of Hangar 18 goes back to the alleged wreck of a UFO in the desert near Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947. According to a press release issued by the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) at the time, its personnel inspected the “flying saucer” and sent it to “barracks”. A subsequent press release from the Fort Worth Air Force base in Texas (presumed to have been the headquarters mentioned above) stated that the disc was a weather balloon – a claim that the Air Force recognized in 1994 as not being true, admitting that it was testing a surveillance device designed to fly over nuclear research facilities in the Soviet Union.
But in addition to Fort Worth, many UFO researchers believe that some of Roswell’s materials were also transported to Wright Field after the accident and stored in Hangar 18, based on unsubstantiated reports from former military pilots. One of them, Oliver Henderson, reportedly told his wife that he flew a plane laden with rubble, along with several small alien bodies, from Roswell to Wright Field.
According to the sons of another pilot, World War II ace Marion ‘Black Mac’ Magruder, his father claimed to have seen an alien alive at Wright Field in 1947 and told them that “it was a shameful thing for the military to destroy that creature running tests on it.”
Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, the Republican nominee for president in 1964, was notoriously fascinated by UFOs and Hangar 18. Goldwater said publicly that he tried to gain access to the Blue Room in the early ‘60s, but had been denied access by a furious General Curtis LeMay.
Even after the Project Blue Book ended in 1969, rumors continued to revolve around Wright-Patt. In 1974, a Florida UFO / UFO researcher named Robert Spencer Carr publicly stated that the Air Force was hiding “two flying saucers of unknown origin” ‘inside Wright-Patterson Hangar 18, according to a report in Tampa Tribune. Carr claimed to have a senior military source, who saw the bodies of 12 alien beings while autopsies were being performed on them. Although Carr’s claims were doubtful, the broad media coverage of them, as well as the 1980s launch of the Hangar movie 18, helped to consolidate the Wright-Patt legend as a center of US government activities related to UFOs.
For its part, the Air Force categorically denied the rumors and maintains that there has never been actually a Hangar 18 nowhere at Wright-Patt, although there is an 18 Building.
The Air Force reported in an official statement released in January 1985:
Periodically, the remains of extraterrestrial visitors are erroneously claimed to be or have been stored at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. There are now and never have been extraterrestrial visitors or equipment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.