FAHS presenting history of UFOs at WPAFB


Fairborn Daily Herald



FAIRBORN — As a special treat for Halloween’s spooky season, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at Fairborn’s Senior Center, the Fairborn Area Historical Society will open its winter speaker’s season with Raymond Szymanski, author of the book “Fifty Shades of Greys.”

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has long been the focus of rumor and legend as well as established fact when it comes to UFO investigation. The factual part of this focus was Project Blue Book, the Air Force program that investigated UFO reports between 1947 and 1969.

The unofficial part comprised numerous books, films, and magazine and newspaper articles that told about aliens, extraterrestrial spacecraft, Hanger 18, and reverse engineering of alien technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Szymanski is the author of one of those books.

During his 39 years as an engineer at the WPAFB, Szymanski became convinced that much truth lurked behind those rumors and legends, hidden from public view under “Top Secret” stamps. Now he has come forward and gone public.

Rob Mercer has agreed to join Szymanski and will bring some of his Project Blue Book files to the program. The FAHS asks that attendees note that Mercer will be fully in charge of access to these records at the presentation.

Szymanski will also be happy to autograph copies of his book and will have books on hand for sale (cash or check only). The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments being served.

The FAHS also asks attendees note that the historical society is not advocating any particular viewpoint on UFOs and instead its mission is to educate the public about local history. The FAHS said WPAFB’s involvement in UFO investigation is a part of local history.

Fairborn Daily Herald

Story courtesy of the Fairborn Area Historical Society.

Story courtesy of the Fairborn Area Historical Society.