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According to McClelland, Onizuka asked if his surname had any connection to McClellan AFB, in Sacramento, California. McClelland answered no. Onizuka related that "about eight or nine years prior to his astronaut training," he and other USAF aerospace flight engineers and pilots while on military training duty at McClellan AFB, were directed to report to a viewing room. To their shock, they were shown a movie apparently depicting dead aliens. These were small bodies with large heads and large eyes, lying on slabs.
[Caption: Lt. Col. Ellison Onizuka died aboard the Challenger in 1986. He may have been shown a movie of dead aliens.]
The officers were caught completely off guard, and were given no opportunity to discuss what they saw. Onizuka wondered if "perhaps it was a test of our psyche to determine our overall reaction."
Onizuka began active duty with the Air Force in 1970 and was selected as an astronaut for NASA in 1978. He served at McClellan AFB during the early 1970s, thus the incident he referred to would have occurred at that time.
When considering how truthful this story is, it is helpful to know that during the late 1970s, UFO researcher (and U.S. Army Air Corps veteran) Leonard Stringfield collected about twenty first-hand accounts concerning either military retrievals of crashed alien vehicles or storage of alien bodies at secured installations. In addition, Stringfield collected about thirty more stories through direct intermediaries, bringing the grand total to about fifty.
About five of these accounts were of scenarios similar to the one described by Onizuka. That is, of servicemen being shown a film of dead aliens or apparent alien technology. One of these concerned a radar specialist who, as a young man in 1953 at Fort Monmouth New Jersey, was shown a film of a UFO that had apparently crashed in a desert, a brief view of the interior of the craft, and dead alien bodies inside a tent. Of Astronauts and Aliens