Mar 23, 2022 I Nick Redfern

The Wildest UFO Story of All? Probably Not, But Still One of the Most Bizarre Claims!

"The subject of UFOs is one that has interested me for some long time. About ten or twelve years ago I made an effort to find out what was in the building at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where the information is stored that has been collected by the Air Force, and I was understandably denied this request. It is still classified above Top Secret." Intriguing words! And they are made even more intriguing by the fact that they were set forth in a 28 March 1975 letter to the UFO investigator Shlomo Arnon by none other than the late Senator Barry Goldwater, formerly the chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. For years, it has been rumored that at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, there exists a highly-classified (and decidedly off-limits) series of rooms, aircraft hangars and underground chambers, where the preserved remains of a number of dead alien creatures are stored along with the wreckage of their crashed and recovered spacecraft. In specifically generic and folkloric terms, the location of this astonishing evidence has become popularly known as Hangar 18.

Of those who attempted to force open the doors of Hangar 18, the late Leonard Stringfield was certainly the most active. A United States Air Force Intelligence officer during the Second World War, Stringfield collected a huge amount of data that, if true, suggested that at Wright-Patterson AFB there existed an absolute wealth of UFO material, debris and even alien bodies, locked away from prying eyes. What was perhaps the most fantastic account related to Stringfield, however, concerned an allegedly-live alien on the loose at the Air Force Museum in Ohio, that had supposedly escaped from its confines within the bowels of Wright-Patterson. It was a Sunday in 1965 when "R.M." and his wife decided to pay a visit to the museum. With his wife engrossed in examining a German V-2 rocket, R.M. wandered off and found himself lost and heading down a corridor with a double door marked OFF LIMITS.

Hangar 18 Dead Aliens
(Nick Redfern) Aliens Hidden Away?

Going through the door, he suddenly found himself confronted by "a being so incredible looking that all he can remember in his numb state was saying 'Hi,' to which he got no response." The creature was small, and its eyes were large under a heavy brow; there was no nose and only a slit for a mouth. Standing in stark amazement, R.M. could only stare in awe as the creature shuffled towards him and pointed its elongated fingers into his face. At that point, alarms began to scream, lights flashed and R.M. made a hasty retreat. Military police were everywhere, ushering people to the exits. The cause for the emergency evacuation [R.M] opined, was without question the creature who probably had escaped from its confinement," said Stringfield.

(Nick Redfern) Secret sites for hiding aliens?

Intriguingly, according to a retired Air Force colonel known to "R.M.," at the time two live alien creatures were reportedly held at Wright Patterson – American scientists having developed an "incubative [sic] atmosphere" to sustain them. As Stringfield stated, "Live aliens! Loose in the Air Force Museum? Fantastic, of course, but the Wright-Patterson complex is vast and so are its underground facilities. It is conceivable, if truly live aliens exist, that one may have slipped by the guards into the passageways and surfaced in an upper chamber of the museum. "My views on all of this? I wish I could believe it. The fact is, though, that I can't. At least, not without a significant amount of corroborating data. However, there isn't any. There are only words. If there was hard evidence - and in the public domain - we would all know. Stories like this one intrigue me and frustrate me. Just like a great deal of Ufology!

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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