I just watched the 1980 movie Hangar 18. It’s a cheesy reworking of the Roswell story where the Air Force gets a hold of a crashed flying saucer. This movie was recommended by Christopher Knowles thru a series of posts in THE SECRET SUN where he digs into this odd little film. These essays are required reading, linked below:
~ An in depth review of Hangar 18 ~ Gary Collins, the star of Hangar 18
I was fascinated by what Knowles had to say, but I want to add a few more thoughts.
Researcher Terry Hansen states that a former CIA psychological warfare agent created the National Enquirer as a way to discredit UFO reporting.
The first book on the subject, The Roswell Incident by Charles Berlitz and William Moore was published in 1980.
1980 was the same year that IN SEARCH OF (a television series hosted by Lenard Nimoy) aired an episode titled UFO Cover-Ups. This examines charges that the Air Force is hiding alien corpses and the remains of crashed space craft in Hangar 18 at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio.
The parallel plot line features a crew of scientists, under the direction of Darren McGavin (Kolchak: The Night Stalker). They are in charge of researching the crashed UFO. They examine the dead pilots of the crashed UFO only to find that they are essentially human. They also decipher documents on board the mysterious ship, and they come to the conclusion that these UFO occupants made an appearance here on earth at the dawn of human history. These aliens were seen as Gods, they interbred with human women and they orchestrated the evolutionary leap that created modern humans. And, these former Gods were about to come back in a mass world wide landing.
So, there you have all the key plot points at the core of the Ancient Astronaut Theory (AAT). These same ideas were at the core of Erich von Däniken’s CHARIOTS OF THE GODS. This immensely popular book was first published in 1968, the same year as 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as Planet of the Apes. These two sci-fi films explore the AAT and the evolutionary leap that created modern humans.
This parallels a secret Air Force report seen in 1983 by reporter Linda Moulton Howe, more on that below.
Spoiler alert: The film Hangar 18 culminates with government officials at the highest levels making the decision to destroy all the evidence of their cover-up. They have their underlings fill a jet plane with explosives and then fly that plane using remote controlled “joystick” technology right into Hangar 18. These same plot points are at the heart of the darkest conspiracies from the events of 9-11.
A remote controlled plane flying into a building? This concept was seen again in the pilot episode of The Lone Gunman, a spin-off from The X-Files. This episode was aired on March 4th 2001, just months before the actually events on September 11th. Christopher Knowles explores the what might be the source of this extremely weird predictive programming in an excellent essay on The Secret Sun, linked HERE. Let me add that this was posted on my 50th birthday.
Reporter Linda Moulton Howe had a very strange experience in 1983. It seems she was allowed to read a super secret Air Force report while in preparation for a documentary on UFOs.
The document that Howe saw could very well have been written by Darren McGavin from what he learned in the movie Hangar 18. Here is a link to a good articleon what happened to Howe and what she saw in that report.
~ Two different retrievals near the region of Roswell, NM, one in 1947 and another in 1949. The second crash resulted in the captures of a live Extraterrestrial that was taken by an Air Force officer to Los Alamos National Laboratories. The document said that the creature communicated telepathically and was held captive until 1952 when it died of unknown causes.
~ Other crashes listed were Kingman, AZ, Aztec, NM, Loredo, TX, and a place in Mexico just south of the border.
~ Extraterrestrials had manipulated DNA in an already evolving primate species to create Homosapiens.
~ Another paragraph went on to state that 2000 years ago the Extraterrestrials had created a being to put on this planet to teach homosapiens about love and non-violence. When Howe read this she said out loud “Are we talking about Jesus Christ?” Howe say that Air Force representative (Sgt. Richard Doty) in the room with her did not say a word, but that he turned red.
~ A secret project code-named Garnet was listed as having answered all questions and mysteries about the evolution of Homosapiens on this planet. (Curiously, Garnet is Linda Moulton Howe’s birthstone)
~ Another issue was that Howe was told that she could use film footage from the vaults of the Air Force that was “Extraterrestrial related.” This footage would be featured in the documentary she was producing. The chance to feature this elusive footage got the executives at HBO excited, but at the last moment the Air Force reneged on it’s offer, and the entire documentary project fizzled. Howe believes that this was a tactic by the Air Force to stop her documentary from being made.
So, we have a reporter being shown a secret document by the Air Force in 1983, the conclusion is that they wanted this information floated out to the public. Three years earlier we have the movie Hangar 18 “floating” out the same information in the guise of an action film. Please note that Hangar 18 had the blessing an cooperation of NASA, and this is odd because this low budget movie is sort of dopey and it certainly paints NASA and the Air Force as a sinister bunch of secret keepers.
Now, I trust that Howe actually read this a document exactly as she claims. The real question would be if the information within the document is actually true. Researchers who study disinformation will state that in order for it to be effective it needs to be interspersed within REAL information.
Here is an article by Alejandro Rojas where he writes about Linda Moulton Howes’ experience with the Air Force in 1983, and here’s an audio interview with Howe on the same subject.
I know of two other similar stories where the Air Force promised exclusive film footage of UFOs to documentary film makers, only to withdraw it’s offer in the final moments of the production. One offer went to Walt Disney in 1952. The other was Bob Emenegger, who’s film credits include the music for Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp(again, the chimpanzee as a “Link” in human evolution).
~ Article by Robbie Graham on Walt Disney and his aborted UFO documentary.
~ Audio interview on Radio Mysterioso with Bob Emenegger and his aborted UFO documentary.