My Town Monday: Hangar 18, and Cover Sneak Peek

Before Area 51, there was Hangar 18.

Yes, there was a small airfield in the Groom Lake vicinity that was used during WWII as a test and training facility, but Area 51 as a super-secret research and development facility didn’t really exist until the 1950s.

The Roswell incident, in which according to legend, an alien spacecraft crashed, happened on July 8, 1947. (It was later pretty much accepted that what really crashed to earth was cold-war intel equipment or a weather balloon, but go with me here…) Also according to legend, U.S. military personnel recovered the wrecked spacecraft and several alien bodies from the site, which was closed to the public for a good while after the crash.

The National Museum of the USAF. Part of Area B is in the background.

The military shipped the bodies and wreckage were shipped to the then-Army Air Corps’ Foreign Technology Division, located at Wright Field, a few miles east of Dayton, Ohio, which would later become Area B of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Supposedly, the spacecraft was stored in Hangar 18. The bodies were placed into cryogenic storage, for later research.

Of course, few who work on base today admit to believing any of this. But it’s fun to think about, and a few years ago, The History Channel did a wonderful documentary on the legends and the conspiracy theories that abound. The show was pretty convincing, and the book they based much of their material on (Exempt from Disclosure by Robert M. Collins) was even more so.

Interestingly enough, (but not surprisingly) there is no Hangar 18 at WPAFB, nor has there ever been, at least that I could find. There is a Building 18 complex, which houses the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Propulsions Directorate – folks who would be most interested in the alien spacecraft, had there been one.


I don’t really believe there were alien bodies and spacecraft bought to WPAFB, and chances are, what really crashed to earth near Roswell was indeed some kind of surveillance equipment – highly classified, so of course the military personnel would not have been able to confirm or deny its existence, or any details about it.

But the legends made me think: what if it was real? What if alien bodies were shipped back here? And what if they weren’t dead, but alive, in a suspended state? And what if one were to awaken, decades later? That’s the premise behind my upcoming science fiction romance, Hangar 18: Legacy. What’s even cooler is that, according to Exempt from Disclosure, the aliens  did indeed have significant psychic abilities, which was one of the key elements of my novel even before I’d researched it.

Want to know more? Check out Exempt from Disclosure, or watch this 20-minute video from the The Internet Archive. And for an entertaining take on the legends, give Hangar 18: Legacy a read when it comes out this summer. To be notified of its release, sign up for my newsletter, with the form on the right (visit www.jenpowell.com, if you’re reading this in a feed reader). Here’s the scoop:

U.S. Air Force research psychologist Adam Keller is an empath, accustomed to sensing the thoughts and emotions of others. Because of his gift, he keeps people at a distance. When a disembodied presence full of anger and fear invades his mind and demands rescue, dark thoughts of death threaten to overwhelm Adam. Then he meets a woman whose attraction to him quiets the voice. All he has to do to keep his sanity is risk his heart and experience the emotions he’s long denied himself.

Lisa Stark wants nothing more than to finish the subliminal messaging software she’s worked on for over a year. When someone wants it badly enough to kill for it, Adam senses Lisa’s in danger and comes to her rescue. Lisa fights her feelings for the sexy officer with an uncanny ability to guess what she’s thinking, but their attraction to each other grows, and not only because Lisa’s the only one who can warm Adam’s chilled body and soul. When he discovers the source of his mental invasion is an extraterrestrial thought dead for decades, Adam realizes that Lisa’s software is the key to releasing the being – if he can gain her trust and keep her alive long enough to finish it.


I’d love to hear from you! Do you think there might be some truth to the stories of alien beings and spacecraft recovered from Roswell? Do you think there might still be information that the U.S. government is hiding? Please comment, and let me know what you think!

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  1. A friend and I were travelling in New Mexico and went to Roswell. Pretty amazing to see. If you don’t believe a spaceship crashed, don’t tell any of the town folks, okay? always interesting to think about cover ups and conspiracies, isn’t it?

  2. Hangar 18 sounds like a fun read! Several years ago I saw something on TV that showed old “secret” footage of doctors doing autopsies on those aliens from the Roswell incident. Afterwards, doctors in the studio audience were asked if what they’d just seen looked authentic, and they said yes. I was never sure what to think of that footage–real or a hoax? It’s a fascinating topic, but what I don’t know won’t hurt me;)!

  3. Louise – I’d love to see Roswell! The whole UFO thing has been a tremendous economic boon for the community, with all the tourism it’s drawn, so I can’t blame them for wanting (everyone) to believe!

    Maria, thanks! I saw one of those shows a few years ago, and have it admit it really could make you wonder. And yes, “what we don’t know won’t hurt us” (and we don’t need to know) is probably a good policy for those of us who work at the base! 🙂

  4. Hangar 18 sounds like a great read, Jennette. I finished Time’s Fugitive and am still thinking about Tony and Violet and the whole plot and the time travel. I’m wondering if there’s going to be a third book? I’ll write reviews for both books this week, hopefully. Both are awesome!

    I think The History Channel does a good job at misleading people. I don’t give them much credibility anymore! I heard one theory about the aliens (and this really creeps me out) is that they were actually people who had been experimented on by the Russians (I think that’s what the story was – on some program). The U.S. didn’t reveal what they really were because they were doing the same thing. Both countries were doing experimenting on people to look like aliens in order to scare their enemy’s population. I forget the details, but it was sick and twisted, and I hope it isn’t true!

  5. Thanks so much for reading my books, Lynn! I’m glad you enjoyed them! There could be more Saturn Society stories down the road, but I have some other work clamoring for attention first. And TIA for the reviews!

    Considering some of the stuff History Channel puts out, I mostly consider their shows to be just entertainment, but they actually did a good job on the Hangar 18 episode (I think the show was The UFO Files?). It was very closely based on the book I noted, which was written by a retired colonel – and really made me wonder! Thanks for your comments!

  6. Area 51 fascinates me, Jennette. I’ve never heard of building 18 but I’m going to have to check it out now. Your cover is lovely and your books sounds fantastic. I’m looking forward to it!

  7. I believe I saw the documentary. Your latest book sounds really cool. I need to talk the hubby into a kindle so I can read it. It’s clear to me I will take forever reading on the iPad with my current eye issues. It’s fascinating to think about. Weather balloon, alien spacecraft. I like your idea. 🙂

  8. Hi Jennette

    That’s an interesting premise for a book. I’m not a big believer in the idea that aliens crash landed at Roswell. There’s so much earth-bound stuff that’s been done around there it would be easy for it to be mistaken for something else. The one thing that makes me laugh is the idea that out of the whole galaxy, aliens want to keep coming back to Roswell. I mean, really? There’s nowhere else they want to go? Did they miss NY, LA, DC, Europe, Asia, Aus and just liked the scenery in New Mexico?

    Hope the book goes well!

    Cheers

  9. Thanks so much, Sheila!

    Debra, I’ve heard that the eInk devices are much easier on the eyes – I’m waiting for Amazon to come up with something like the Nook with Glow Light, as I know it would be better than reading on my phone all the time. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Nigel, it’s not hard to find stories about UFO incidents all over the world; Roswell is just the most famous. Me, I’m still skeptical mainly because surely word would have gotten out by now, government cover-up or no. Thanks for your comment!

  11. Jennette, the story behind your new novel sounds absolutely fascinating. I recently started rereading the “Roswell High” series, which was one of my favorites back in junior high when I was going through my “are aliens real?” phase. Can’t wait till Hangar 18 is released!

  12. This is an awesome post. I don’t believe in aliens, but I love letting my mind run wild for writing and I think your upcoming book sounds fantastic. If you’d like to guest post for me when it comes out, just let me know 🙂

  13. Hangar 18 has a fascinating premise and the characters sound really cool. I loved Roswell High and aliens in X-Files so it’s right up in my alley. I believe aliens and ufos to be just urban legends, though. But since they are so wide spread, there is propably some collective meaning to it, like in the old myths many cultures around the world have.

  14. Thanks, Lena! It’s with beta readers now, but when it’s out, you’ll be among the first to know I’m sure!

    Marcy, thanks so much! I will probably take you up on that guest post!

    Reeta – if you enjoy Roswell and X-Files, you’ll probably enjoy Hangar 18, too. Thanks for stopping by!

  15. We will never know for sure if the incident was true or just a product of someone’s overactive imagination. However, it feels good to think there is something fishy there, right?

  16. I say never rule anything out. I mean, someone has to steal those odd socks from the dryer! On a more serious note, congrats on your latest work! Intriguing premise and cover. 🙂

  17. Well, first, I realize this is an older blog but… yes…there is definitely a Hanger 18. The one listed on the maps is very easy to find online, but the “Hanger 18” most of us Intel people refer to may not be that exact one. I was stationed at WPAFB and had 4 levels of Top Secret and worked inside of the then Foreign Technology Division. Of course I can never give up the answer people want to know, but I can say this. One day, I got to visit a “Hanger”, I was stunned what was inside and knew my life had just gone from boring to fascinating. There are many things at WPAFB that go on. Many people that worked there will never know or see these things until they get the “need to know” clearances. Not everyone in that building has those, as a matter of fact, only a few had higher levels. But I did want to point out..there is a Hanger 18. And there has been a base at Area 51 since 1942. What it was actually used for isn’t quite clear although some say it was a bombing range.