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Startling Government Conspiracies, UFOs, And Paranormal Events In The Black Vault

Updated on June 11, 2016
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Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.


What Is In The Black Vault?

Long ago - especially if you were born in 1996 - a teenager began collecting declassified government documents of many types and materials from UFO witnesses. He created a website and called it the Black Vault, developing it into the juggernaut that cruises the Internet today - and he did it alone.

In 1996, the 17-year-old's name was John Greenewald, Jr. and of this writing date, he informs the public that he has listed 1,320,000+ documents on his site under the Freedom of Information Act.

Project Blue Book Controversy

On January 14, 2015 John Greenewald added the public domain USAF Blue Book Project to the Black Vault. This is favorite material of many readers. It includes 130,000 pages outlining over 10,000 cases of Project Blue Book files, including Sign and Grudge. Soon, another group claimed copyright to the information.

Fifty Years After The Roswell Incident

Website Opened In The Year The Internet Became Popular

The incidence of UFO sitings increased in 2014, according to Internet news at many sources, and I joined the Civil Air Patrol the same year; so, I began reading more about Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the extraterrestrials that were once held, reportedly, in a mufti-level basement beneath a large aircraft hangar on base. I live an hour away form the base and visit the National Air Force Museum there often.

Examining the materials on the Black Vault site has helped me wade through the lack of information I received at WPAFB and the conflicting information I read in books written by US Army and Air Force generals on the subject of the 1947 Roswell Incident.

The Black Vault opened in 1996, the year that the Internet came to The Ohio State University, just after I finished a master's degree in medicine without such technology. My own studies showed me how much hard work went into Greenewald's research, especially in gathering the declassified documents that he has assembled. The Black Vault is an unsurpassed accomplishment and the materials on it are free to the public to view and use in their own research.

The Black Vault has millions of declassified files we can see and use.
The Black Vault has millions of declassified files we can see and use. | Source

General Showdown

Once I believed in ETs, then I did not; then I decided to accept the fact of their existence if ever enough evidence came to light from under the bushel where someone must be hiding it. Then I had a surprise.

I was followed along the Rt. 23 Highway one night from Fostoria, Ohio to Worthington, Ohio by a silent machine in the air over my automobile that focused a spotlight to my left onto the lane in which I traveled. The light prevented me from seeing the aircraft and it made no sound whatsoever.

At the outskirts of Worthington, the light shot forward at a speed after than any aircraft of the day, turned a right angle, shot off forward again, and blinked out. The vague outline I saw for an instant was slightly angular - like today's small drones - but larger. I concluded later that it was an experimental aircraft from an aerospace manufacturing complex located in the direction in which it had flown so quickly. But I was never sure.

I Was Followed Down Rt. 23 by a UFO

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Compilations Of Evidence

Two popular books were written by two military generals attached to the Roswell Incident and WPAFB. From these two books, I learned that Roswell was the domain of the US Army, but the investigation was moved to WPAFB and the Air Force.

From there, a feud that has not been solved initiated itself. The Black Vault online carries more information about that conflict.

The Army declared that the Air Force project was only a public relations play to keep the public busy while the Army did the real work, investigating Roswell and examining aliens. The USAF general's story states that an Air Force R & D division reverse engineered the Roswell spacecraft and other technologies, along with additional off-world items gathered in the 20th century in order to manufacture products for US defense and public use.


An Extraterrestrial Dozen

Both generals declare that they saw the supposed Roswell aliens - 12 of them.

The Air Force general's description is the more detailed and includes bluish-gray skin, rather large lidless eyes, and a bald head.

The general reports receiving an emotional impression from one alien - it was frightened and indeed, it died on base in either Texas or Dayton, Ohio during surgery that some say was mutilation.

The US Army general's story is that he received complete long paragraphs of psychic (I almost wrote "psychedelic") communications from an alien and all 12 aliens had heads the size and shape of watermelons. I think his ideas are good for a comic strip or animated feature film.


  • Inside the Real Area 51: The Secret History of Wright Patterson by Thomas J. Carey
  • The Day After Roswell by Gen. Philip J. Corsco

Reading through the materials that Greenewald amasses, I think the Air Force general's claims rings more true than do the Army general's story. However, I need more evidence. The military Roswell feud has muddied the 1947 incident as much as the JFK assassination evidence has been covered and mashed to indecipherable mush.

By several eyewitness military accounts, the 1947 Roswell aliens were shipped out of Roswell quickly to Texas, then to WPAFB, and then to Utah. WPAFB personnel have filled in the mil-level basement that held the ETs and today, an improved and enhanced Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance department is under construction on or near the site, to my best information.

I am back to keeping a thought in the back of my mind that aliens might land in my city and make themselves known one day - or not.

Inside the Real Area 51

Inside the Real Area 51: The Secret History of Wright Patterson
Inside the Real Area 51: The Secret History of Wright Patterson
Of the many books written by military professionals and retired persons about the Roswell Incident, this account is best written, fluent, and most believable.

Celebrity Case Files You Might Not Expect

While we await alien landings on Earth and Earthling miners' landings on asteroids to begin work, we can have a lot of fun reading at The Black Vault. For instance --

Did you know that The Beatles have nine FBI files or that John Lennon has three more FBI file all his own? Charlie Chaplin has 10. Elvis has 12. Frank Sinatra has two sets of 12!

Ronald Reagan's FBI files are not listed on the site, but one reason is that they are many pages long and receiving FBI file copies costs money. However, many celebrities in several areas of accomplishment are presented on the website, from politics to the humanities.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has its own reading room, if you are interested in such, at


Open Your Own Case File

Greenewald accepts reports of unexplained phenomena related material and other information at his site for researchers to examine and for the public to read and contribute additional information. You may have a case you would like to report and you might like to read the others.

Case files already posted include those about hoaxes, cryptozoology, UFO sightings, ghosts, space anomalies, and several other intriguing categories. As John writes, the website is a place for learning the truth (whatever that may be in a case).

Free Government Data

The Black Vault offers many declassified government documents to view at no cost to the public.

John Greenewald, Jr. Bibliography

  • Beyond UFO Secrecy; 2002. Published by The Black Vault.
  • The Best Documented Evidence of a government Cover-Up (Five Lectures in Roswell, New Mexico at the Ancient of Days UFO/Abduction Conference of 2004. July 2004. DVD.
  • The Black Vault Radio Show episodes at

A Long-Term Quest for Truth

Roswell On the Radio

© 2015 Patty Inglish MS


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi FitnezzJim - I've spent a year looking into this topic you like and I will have to write something soon, because so many others are declaring Roswell to be full of aliens in 1947, based on witnesses' high adrenalin causing optical illusions, in my opinion. Thousands of pages of related documents were released to the public, posted on Black Vault, taken down under threat of a copyright lawsuit that had no validity, and here we are. No one actually closely compared the books written by the leading dozen authors on Roswell. I'll write what I have this month and post some copies I have of memos. Thanks for posting!

    • FitnezzJim profile image


      5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      I liked the article, it was nice and informative. What really grabbed my attention though was the comment at the end about radiation studies and the horrific results. One of the things I have learned over the years is that truth is often stranger than fiction, and usually comes at us from a totally unexpected direction. That last comment was both of those, so, I am looking forward to any article you might do on the topic.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      All nonsense. I don't care about Carey, Corso, or any other hucksters and witnesses easily confused. NOT all material matches Corso's story.

      Medical evidence and copies of US military memos show that the Roswell aliens were Japanese and Chinese children and some adults, with genetic disabilities that were already known to cause 4 and 6 digits per hand and webbed digits (Dan Aykroyd has webbing), larger heads and large eyes, with smaller mouths. The victims were used by both Japan and America in medical experiments and high-altitude radiation-exposure tests before the Nuremberg Trials dictated human rights for experimental subjects. Using my medical training, I have examined hundreds of related files and photos, many connected with WPAFB.

      Copies of US military memos pre-Nuremberg request additional subjects with the same specific disabilities for altitude and various radiation tests, all of these tests being in Nevada and New Mexico. After that, America tested nuclear bombs that exposed thousands of US citizens in the American Southwest and North Central. Tom Brokaw is one of the people who contracted cancer as a result, although he is recovering.

      The possibility of extraterrestrials still exists, but not at 1947 Roswell - unless they were observing how humanity, at times, mistreats its own members. I am sure that, if there, they were not impressed.

      All info in this comment copyrighted May 10, 2015.

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      Marc Hubs 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well, Tom Carey just proved what a conman he is. He just charged thousands of people $350 each to see slides from 1947 of a real alien entity and didn't even show the audience the original slides! The image, which is now public, is not even vaguely convincing and doesn't seem to feature anything out of the ordinary. The guy is a liar and I can't find any credible evidence to suggest that he was ever in the Air Force.

      On the other hand, every contactee, every abductee, every government and military official, every astronaut, every whistleblowers, etc who ever speaks out on this issue ends up corroborating Corso's story. That's something which cannot be said for any other whistleblower in the history of Ufology.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      The US Air Force has always been responsible for re-engineering foreign technologies, including Earth and Extraterrestrial, since WWII.

      There is renewed interest on base in the discussion about that transistor reverse-engineered at WPAFB, including reports that an entire hangar there was filled with equipment and devices reverse engineered from the UFO in the 1950s and 1960s. The area used for re-engineering is at this moment under expansion for Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance Departments. It all traces back to Roswell and WPAFB is not a PR cover. The engineers are furious or amused when they hear that.

    • sparkster profile image

      Marc Hubs 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yeah, the CIA have tried to pull that one before. I also noticed that Bluebook had been added. Bluebook was supposedly a cover, or a public relations program to present to the public whilst the real investigations took place behind the scenes.

      Randy, funny you should mention the transister - I've been researching the invention/discovery of the microchip for a very long time and have found some very big holes in the 'official' history, which seems to indicate that Corso was right about it coming from a UFO and being reverse engineered.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I found the site accidentally back in 1996. It is fascinating. I've heard about von Daniken and will looks up his books. Thanks!

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      As a much younger reader in the mid 60's and the following decade I read many Erich von Däniken books. THe information presented broke all barriers (for me) of the possibilities that we are 'not alone'. I had not heard of the 'Black Vault', so thanks for that.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I notice that since the Project Blue Book files are on the site, the CIA is now claiming that most UFOs were CIA/American experimental craft. That's hard to believe, now.

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      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I too have observed UFOs in the night sky as I've always lived in the country far from city lights. I believe it's almost impossible for there not to be ETs since many star systems or much older than ours.

      We may be a protected planet--such as we've try to protect primitive tribes in the Amazonian jungles of South America--or simply a vacation destination for other worlds. I do not believe in ghost, however.

      I love that we can get more info on former government programs these days and always wondered about the transistor being invented in several places a t virtually the same time not long afer the Roswell incident. Enjoyed the read, Patty!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Another entire block of files - Project Blue Book - was added only today!

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and very useful.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi tillsontitan - At least the website keeps us from having to pay for declassified document copies. :)

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Great read packed with good information and your personal story. Roswell is real but the total truth will probably never be known. Guess I'll have to go visit that website.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Yes, I'm still pretty sure it was a USA experimental aircraft. But, WPAFB has a flying saucer with a sign on it stating it can only be driven on the ground (Really?). lol Canada had one that could fly in the 1930s.

      Thanks for rating and sharing this Hub!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      One does have to wonder in this universe whether we are the only living beings out there. This is all very fascinating information here you have shared about the website and vault. I am glad you shared your story too. Glad you remained level-headed through the event!

      Up +++ pinning, tweeting, G+ and sharing

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for that information - I will have a look at Dawn of a New Age and the other sources you mention.

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      Marc Hubs 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lockheed scientist Boyd Bushman revealed images recently before he died - his images are questionable though. Corso's book was co-written by Bill Byrnes and I think that was a big problem, as he heavily dramatized the story. There's actually another unpublished book by Corso called Dawn Of A New Age which is available online - it's a lot better and contains some of the recommendations he made to General Dougla MacArthur. I've been researching Corso's claims for a few years now. Apart from not disclosing UFO's and aliens as a reality, declassified documents confirm everything else he said. Many government/military whistleblowers (Disclosure project, Citizens Hearing, etc) have also corroborated his claims.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for your comments. I don't see much corroboration for Corso and the particular few USAF people I've spoken with don't believe him, but there is indeed a feud about which branch of the military actually ran (or are running) the Roswell investigation. I knew some of the WPAFB re-engineers in the 1980s, so I believe them. I may change my mind about Corso in future.

      The Carey book is better written and I hope you enjoy reading it. A set of photos of supposed aliens is passed around occasionally at WPAFB among military and civilian staff, but I have yet to see the images. Personnel on base thus far will not confirm or deny that the ETs were kept there. No definite answers yet. Thanks again.

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      Marc Hubs 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I think Corso was telling the truth as he believed it to be and there seems to be a lot of corroboration to his story - one thing I know is that he cannot be debunked. I haven't read Carey's book (yet) but I'm definitely going to have to now I've seen this hub. Carey also recently claimed that he has a photo of one of the aliens which has been proving to genuinely date back to 1947. Thanks for an interesting read. I'll be checking out the Black Vault website very soon (before publishing my book on this topic hopefully!).

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks; it's a very interesting website that I like very much. Always something new, there and in the air.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting look at interesting topics. I like your own experience weaved into the hub.


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