Will Area 51 Be The Next Big Tourist Attraction?
By Bill Knell
Imagine look on my face when I heard that Area 51 might be next Kennedy Space Center or Air Force Museum? Both Space Center and Air Force Museum are two of most popular, yet least publicized attractions in USA. Boasting an amazing array of exhibits, aircraft, spacecraft and Imax presentations, these tourist destinations are home to some of our greatest national treasures. However, could they even hold a candle to popularity of Area 51 as a tourist destination if it were opened to public?
It was over ten years ago that I was contacted by a small group of former military personnel who had some amazing stories to tell. Individually and as a group, they claimed to have piloted captured Alien hardware for U.S. Government. In those whistleblower days of late 1980s and early 1990s, there was no shortage of ex-government folk claiming to have intimate knowledge about Government cover-up of information concerning Aliens and UFOs. Some of these people were believable enough, but most lacked a story or evidence that stood up to long-term scrutiny. These guys were different.
Having grown up around active and retired military personnel, I always found them easy to spot. Among that group, Officers and Military Pilots were definite standouts. As I was introduced to this group of men over a short period of time, they struck me as officers and pilots. More then that, they also seemed to have kind of technical backgrounds and training that would befit Astronauts. It was obvious that these guys were telling either truth or a well-scripted story that I was supposed to believe and share.
These ‘UFO Pilots’ are people of strong character and conviction. They came to me because they had a beef with Government. After watching how whistleblowers like Bill English, John Lear, Wendelle Stevens, Robert Lazar and others were belittled or ignored by press, roasted by their peers and mistreated by over-zealous UFO researchers, they wanted no part of all that. After hearing me during a guest spot on a local radio station in Orlando, one member of their unique little group decided to attend a seminar that I gave in Florida. While unsure whether to trust me or not, he liked fact people at seminar seemed to trust me with personal stories and decided to give me a try.
After a short series of cloak and dagger style contacts, I met with guy I call “UFO Pilot’ and heard his amazing story at a small motel in Florida. He came to me because several of his crewmates died in what he considered unnecessarily dangerous tests of Alien hardware in different places around USA. In at least one case, several civilians were killed as well. To understand his frustration, I have to share a few details about these tests.
The men and women of this special team of pilots worked under more then unusual conditions. Due to mechanical nature of Alien objects they were flying, it took up to five people to pilot one craft. These people were jammed in a most uncomfortable and unsafe way into what amounts to a ‘wooden box’ inside control area of object. The ‘wooden box’ structure provided a still unclear measure of safety and access to human operation of object that was never fully explained to me for security reasons. Inside box, human pilots had access to controls that had been specially built for them. These special devices gave pilots some, but not a full measure of control needed to operate craft.
The pilots had been told very little about how object they were trying to fly came into U.S. Government hands. It was obvious to them that technology and design of craft came from a completely different sphere of technical influence. It seemed as though beings that built this craft started from a framework of manipulating natural forces of universe, while we started our modern era of transportation with internal combustion engine. This made for two very different and often incompatible technologies. The result of trying to combine two was often disastrous.
After several crashes, near crashes and deaths within their group and among civilian population of areas where tests took place, these men were made scapegoats. All were unceremoniously dumped from program they were involved in. That was not akin to just losing a job. They were blamed for being unable to properly operate Alien technology that was never meant to be touched by humans. This made them pariahs as possible test pilot candidates for any other future government programs involving secret or captured air or space craft. In addition, secrecy side of their work made them unavailable for flight duty or employment of any kind inside or outside of U.S. Military.
Although I felt sorry for them, I knew that anytime anyone accepts unusual duties within U.S. Military or Government Services; they throw dice of life. There are no shortage of Veterans, long forgotten by an allegedly grateful nation, who are dying of diseases and medical problems directly related to their service. Many have limited or no access to government medical services and have not been properly compensated for their sacrifice.
The best I could do for these people was to share their story in my newsletter and through my seminars. Lacking ability to learn or share their identities or other specifics about world of secrecy in which they existed, I had few options. Calling a press conference would be fruitless. It did not and has not worked for even most impressive former military or technical people claiming involvement with secret UFO projects and it would not work for them.
Although extremely intelligent and well trained, I could easily see that these people were very naïve about U.S. Government’s ability to just throw people away. None believed it could or would happen to them, until it did. I could also understand their lack of enthusiasm when it came to sharing specifics or personal identities. They were all left with some sort of small financial compensation and none wanted to risk stipend they were receiving despite their frustration, anger and feelings of betrayal.
Although I have had infrequent contact with most of these people, news has been promising. All have managed to move on in one way or another, despite their obvious identity and employment constraints. In addition, occasional contacts I have had with them have proven to be a good source of information when it comes to world of hidden facts, secret projects and captured Alien hardware. The most recent tidbit may be something for all of us to get a bit excited about.