Sep 07, 2017 I Paul Seaburn

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ray Szymanski and Hidden Aliens

Here’s a well-known mystery: many people believe that aliens and their spacecraft from the Roswell incident are hidden in special tunnels at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Here’s a little-known fact: Raymond Szymanski worked at Wright-Patterson for 39 years and wrote a book published in 2016 called 50 Shades of Greys about what he saw there. Here’s a new mystery: why is the book suddenly back in the news? Is someone getting us ready for full disclosure?

A number of media outlets revisited (or visited) 50 Shades of Greys recently after its author was interviewed by Sun Online. In the book, published in January 2016, Szymanski begins with details of his first days on the job at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1973 when a mentor named Al introduced him to the Avionics Laboratory's Management Operations Office by asking, “Have you heard about our aliens?”

“He said that in 1947 there was a crash down in Roswell and they brought the machines and the aliens here for inspection and said they keep them in secret tunnels under the base. When I asked him how he came to know about the secret, he responded, 'Everybody who works on base knows’. I was stunned. Me, a young co-op student barely into his first week, was now initiated into a small select group of 10,000 people and given their most incredible secret ever - that we have aliens and their craft in our tunnels on our base.’”

Szymanski says he then began a clandestine and at times overt investigation into what his mentor was talking about. While his onsite snooping ended with his retirement from Wright-Patterson in 2011, his search for evidence continued until the book was published in 2016.

In his recent interview, Szymanski does his best to avoid revealing details of what he’s discovered while hinting at what he found.

“For the next four decades I had dozens if not hundreds of brief conversations regarding the 'secret' I'd been given during my first week on base. The important fact established here is that not one single person at that time ever said, “We have no aliens here, you crazy son of a b*tch”... I saw lots of smiles but no denials. I’ve been basically investigating locations on the base that I think could contain clues to its history relative to extraterrestrials and UFOs ever since. By looking at evidence, which I document in the book in text and photographs, it would appear to me as if the stories are true.”

Why does Szymanski used the term “Greys” in the title? Is it just a clever play on that ‘other’ book about 50 shades? Szymanski admits that, while he’s been in the tunnels his mentor described, he didn’t see any dead or living aliens in them … at leas that he could recognize as aliens. However, he claims to have strong evidence of possible burial sites on the base and suggests he’s been spied up at least three times by men who “wore black suits and black hats.”

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Aerial view of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

If you’re thinking that Szymanski doesn’t have a proverbial smoking gun, you’re probably right. In fact, while he seems to imply that there IS a smoking gun, he doesn’t think humans are ready for it and that could be why he hasn’t seen it either.

"We still aren’t ready for full disclosure, the governments like to keep secrets cause that’s what keeps us safe sometimes. The last time the Air-Force made the announcement ‘hey we’ve got a flying saucer’ that didn’t go so well, so what would happen if they announced it this time?”

So he doesn't seem to think full disclosure is coming any time soon. Nonetheless, the insights of an insider inside the infamous Wright-Patterson Air Force Base sounds interesting for what Szymanski says it contains:

“I present new theories, I show you evidence and I let you make up your own mind."

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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