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(Originally published July 2019)


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More than seventy years after the crash of an Unidentified Flying Object near Roswell, New Mexico, extraordinary and credible testimony about what really happened that July day continues to emerge. Witnesses at Wright (the air base to which the crash debris and bodies were taken) now offer up stunning insights on their involvement.  Some of their accounts on the event are related here, and some for the first time ever. They originate from the just-published book “UFO Secrets Inside Wright-Patterson” by Tom Carey and Don Schmitt. The book’s Foreword is by preeminent Roswell researcher Stanton Freidman, in his last statement on the subject before his recent death. The book also cites and acknowledges research on the incident conducted by this author.


It has been positively established, through both first-hand testimony and through documentation like the 7.9.47 FBI Memo, that the debris material resulting from the July 1947 Roswell crash was flown to Wright (called Wright Field at the time of the incident, now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base). This fact has led some in the UFO research community to look for leads that there was later storage and study of the craft and bodies at the base. Over the years there have been reports by former base personnel and contractors that help confirm this.

Further corroboration, with named sources, are included in this book, which delivers remarkable stories by credible people who were uniquely positioned at Wright. A few of these are briefly summarized in this article:


  • A well-known TV show host claims his grandfather engineered the elevator systems and hangar lift systems for Wright that were installed at deep underground levels. The things his grandfather saw led his grandfather to the conclusion that we are not alone.

  • A USAF Flight Surgeon asserts that he assisted in an alien autopsy at the base at the time, mentioning numerous details, including that one of the bodies was burned.


  • The creator of the “Hangar 18” movie is located by this author and the true story is finally revealed behind the infamous Wright hangar storing alien artifacts.


These more recent accounts supplement more well-known ones developed over the years, such as:


  • Wright’s Base Commander in the 1960s, General Arthur Exon, states he knew of the crash when it happened, and later, from the air, observed gouges, “two distinct sites” and truck marks on the ground. He confirmed, based on what he had heard from trusted sources then and later at Wright, that Roswell was extraterrestrial in nature. He described Wright’s involvement to authors Whitley Strieber, Kevin Randle and others.

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  • Substantial testimony about Wright’s involvement, from former base personnel, was amassed by the late researcher Leonard Stringfield.

  • The existence of the base’s “Blue Room” containing super-secret items (thought to be in part related to crash retrieval-related items) is now proven through FOIAs by Brian Parks, William Steinman, and this author. And even the late Senator Barry Goldwater was denied access to it. This highly-restricted base facility is thought to hold crash retrieval-related items.


  • Wright is also tied to contracting studies with Battelle Memorial Institute for producing Roswell-like “memory metal” the year after the crash, as shown in a series of articles found in the Article Archive section of .


Fresh support for accounts relating to Wright and Roswell take the form of testimony from at least a dozen more little-known or newly-found witnesses found in “UFO Secrets Inside Wright-Patterson”, attesting to deep base involvement, including these:


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One of the key individuals engaged in the design/build of underground infrastructure at Wright-Patterson has now been identified. Ben Hansen is a former FBI agent. He was also, for some years, the lead host of the SyFy Channel program Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files. Degreed in Criminology, Hansen is now co-investigator of the newly premiered TV show Ghosts of Morgan City on Travel Channel. Ben claims that it was in fact his grandfather, Merlin Hansen, who helped to engineer elevator and hangar lift systems servicing underground facilities and infrastructure constructed deep below the base. These underground structures and his experience with them led Merlin to conclude that we are not alone in the Universe.


According to Ben (and confirmed by his retired father, Dr. David Hansen of northern Utah) in conversations with the book’s authors, his grandfather Merlin Hansen was Civil Engineer at Hill Air Force Base in Utah for three decades. He says that from 1964-1968 his grandfather Merlin made many unannounced and secret trips to perform TDY (temporary duty) assignments at Wright-Patterson involving management of civil engineering projects for the base’s underground infrastructure. In retirement, Merlin had once told family that he designed conveyance systems going down six levels to areas large enough to accommodate six fighter jets below ground!


Dr. Hansen asked his father Merlin in 1990, when Merlin was terminally ill, if he might know whether there are extraterrestrials. Dr. Hansen and his son Ben were aware of the rumors about crashed saucers and Wright. Dr. Hansen bluntly and directly asked his father, wondering if he knew anything about it and looking him in the eyes, “Are we alone in the Universe?”


Dr. Hansen states that his father replied softly but clearly, “Son, we are not alone.” Moments later, says Dr. Hansen, his father Merlin passed. He stresses that in all his years his father had never lied to him. And likely Merlin was well aware of his grandson Ben’s genuine interest in things ET and would answer such a question genuinely. In fact Ben Hansen is convinced that, “It was because of his special assignments at Wright that my grandfather was compelled to tell his family from his deathbed, ‘We are not alone.'”


And it makes perfect sense to utilize the expertise of engineers such as Merlin Hansen from far-flung bases like a Utah base, who have security clearances and work intermittently, thereby not developing long-term work relationships, and that are temporary. They will one day leave Wright and never come back.


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Colonel D’Jack Klinger was a Flight Surgeon assigned to Wright Field after having served in WWII. As Flight Surgeon for Wright in the summer of 1947, he was an MD who acted as primary care physician and surgeon to pilots, flight officers and navigators. In 1975, after Klinger had retired from the military, he confided to close friend and business colleague Ronald SeCoy of Ohio that back in the 1940s, he had helped document the autopsy of two alien creatures that were performed by pathologists at the base. He beseeched SeCoy to never mention this to anyone until he (Klinger) has passed.

Klinger told SeCoy that he remembered that each body was about four feet in length. One was uninjured and one was badly burned with the face frozen in an anguished expression. The bodies were turned around by medical personnel while being photographed and filmed. The eyes had layered membranes, more like, he said, “optical instruments.” There was no visible genitalia and their skin appeared fabric-like.


Two supporting stories to Klinger’s are from a USG R&D consultant and from a former Project Blue Book Director:


Klinger had also said of the corpses that they were “very slim and their skeletons, torsos, and insides were constructed like that of insects.” This very point was also made by Dr. Robert Sarbacher, US R&D Board consultant in the 1940s, to researcher William Steinman in 1983. Steinman had written Sarbacher decades after Sarbacher was found to have written a letter to Canadian Senior Engineer Wilbur Smith that he had been aware of the ET recovery program for some years. Sarbacher stated that he “got the impression” that “the aliens were lightweight” and that they were “constructed like certain insects.”


Klinger mentioning a burned alien body is also interesting. Oblique confirmation of Klinger’s claim comes from none other than former Project Blue Book Director Robert Friend, who died recently at 99. Out of nowhere, Friend said to researcher James Fox, when discussing Roswell and possible bodies, “If they had a burned body they would have gone to Texas where they have a facility for that.” But Fox had never mentioned anything at any time to Friend about a burned body having been found at the crash site. Friend, an honorable man and true hero, has long been rumored to have known a bit more than he ever let on about the government, the phenomena and Roswell.



The idea of a “Hangar 18” on the premises of Wright-Patterson which has held extraterrestrial items has been part of crash saucer legend for decades. This author, as reported in the book, wanted to get to the bottom of where this idea originally came from. I located the director and co-creator of the movie “Hangar 18” starring Darren McGavin, Robert Vaughn and Gary Collins. James L. Conway was reached by me to discuss the origins of his 1980 movie about a crashed saucer in Arizona, stored in a secret Air Force hangar. Speaking of his 1980 release, he told me that he “does not really remember” the exact time when he first heard the term Hangar 18. But he did say that it was “sometime in the early 1970s” and that it was related to “talk of a UFO crash in the Southwest.” The movie was a moderate success at the time and helped to cement the mysterious “Hangar 18” into the public consciousness.


Author Tom Carey was fascinated by all of this. After we talked, he began to reflect on prior testimony about base facilities and where he himself may have first heard the term “Hangar 18”. Reading an article obliquely referencing “a UFOlogist who in 1974” spoke of sources telling him of stored saucers in a “Hangar 18” at Wright, Carey had an epiphany. The man who had spread these very early stories was one “Professor Robert Spencer Carr” who was an instructor at a small college in Florida and was active in the UFO group MUFON in the 1970s. It is now rather certain that Conway’s source of inspiration for titling his movie “Hangar 18” is Robert Spencer Carr!

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Unfortunately, Carr was later found out to not possess any real higher education, and was, according to his own son, both gullible and a deceiver. Carr, however, was genuine in his desire to find out the truth about such matters. He was not very discerning, but somehow had heard of a “Hangar 18” at Wright that was storing saucer secrets. Who told him this we do not know. His sources were often “combined sources” and were most always anonymous.


But the very strange thing is that there may be a kernel of truth to Carr’s claim. That is because some years ago, Tom Carey had begun to hear of a “Building 18 Complex” at the base. Could this be the source of the confusion? In consulting a Department of Interior document from the 1990s, he noted that there appears to be a grouping of buildings marked “Building 18-18G.” They comprise, in part, a Power Plant Laboratory and Cryonic (Cold Storage) facilities. The Building 18 Complex has a walkway to a Hangar 23 on the base, whose purpose is little-known. Perhaps one of Carr’s sources used “18” to refer to the Building 18 Complex affixed to Hangar 23? Well, Carey found out that locally the Hangar is often referred to as “18” out of convenience due to location, and not always called by its official “Hangar 23” designation.


And incredibly, there is support for just this in the story related earlier in this article about Civil Engineer Merlin Hansen being tasked to work on underground infrastructure at Wright and coming away with a belief in ET. His grandson Ben Hansen coincidentally related a detail to Tom Carey that now takes on real significance:


Ben explained that Merlin told the family that whenever they had to contact Merlin while he was TDY from Utah and working at Wright, that he could be reached in the hangar by calling him via Building 18!



The bodies, craft and debris were initially taken to Wright, with some held there for some time after the retrieval. And indeed some of these items are probably still there. But it is also probable that some of the crash wreckage and corpses and their tissue samples are distributed to various classified facilities across several locations nationally, each suited to a given technical task. These locations are likely rotated periodically. I have been told confidentially by a former logistics expert with clearance that such classified transfers are often, in a sense, done in the wide open, sometimes even using private transportation companies and minimal security details so as to not create undue attention.

Physical security of such one-of-a-kind material necessitates that you not keep it in one facility. You do not “keep all of your eggs in one basket” when it comes

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to retention of such material. The potential for loss or damage to all items being stored at one facility is too great. By selectively spreading out the items, if something adverse were to happen at one facility housing them, you would still have other facilities housing other parts of the material, thereby preventing total loss. Additionally, constant visits by the same authorized military, scientists and intelligence to the same building at the same base year after year would raise suspicion. Finally, no single facility, including Wright, could possibly possess all the required labs, systems and equipment to analyze or reverse engineer alien artifacts.


That said, this new book expands on Wright’s unquestionable, early and intimate involvement with the aftermath of the crash with fresh testimony, insight and analysis.

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