Bucket List for the UFO Hunter

If you take the study of UFO's seriously then you probably spend a lot of time reading about things like alien abductions and UFO crashes. After all that reading you can't help but think about what it would be like to actually visit some of those places you've read about, to actually step foot on the ground where an extraterrestrial may have walked.

If you are the kind of person who can identify with that sense of wonder, then this top 5 list of UFO sites should be on your bucket list of places to visit in your lifetime. Now this is no where near an all inclusive list, but does present some of the most famous and interesting spots of supposed alien visitation. Some are more known than others, but all help to weave the story of UFO crashes, Alien visitation, and their resulting effects on the American consciousness.

Roswell, New Mexico

We start off our bucket list with a trip to Roswell, New Mexico. This is the Holy Grail for UFO researchers since Roswell is the crash site of the most infamous UFO story in history. In the first week of July, 1947, a flying saucer crashed in the desert outside Roswell, New Mexico and it is rumored that three alien bodies were retrieved. Conspiracy theory and speculation as to what really happened in Roswell ensued ever since.

The Roswell Crash site is probably the most researched topic in Ufology and at least a new book or two comes out every year to examine the evidence for and against. Stanton Friedman broke the case open and is probably the authority on the subject. Of course, the Air Force denied any crash and stated that it was nothing more than weather balloons. A defense of this story was released called the Roswell Report. Click the link for the full government release.

Just recently, the Roswell Museum celebrated a grand reopening. This is a must see place on any UFO Researcher Bucket List. The Roswell Incident also spawned the alien autopsy footage when a filmmaker claimed to have black and white film footage of the autopsy performed on one of the aliens retrieved from the crash. Though mostly debunked at this point, there is still debate over the films authenticity and a few vocal Ufologists believe it is real. I did a full write up on on the footage called Revisiting the Alien Autopsy Frenzy.

Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Wright Patterson Air Force Base is the less commonly known location for Hangar 18, the supposed resting place for the recovered bodies from the Roswell UFO crash. After the Air Force recovered the bodies, they were quickly transported and temporarily held at Area 51. Shortly thereafter the bodies were transported cross country to the Air Force base located just outside Columbus in the city of Dayton, Ohio.

Hangar 18 may be the final resting place for as many as sixteen recovered bodies (according to some reports) from various UFO crashes and a storage site for crash debris. All accounts believe the hangar to actually be located underground and inaccessible (though with proper security clearances you may be able to gain admittance) so a visit to Wright Patterson is unlikely to yield much to see, but it would be quite an experience to just step foot on the grounds.