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Nellis Air Force Base with its associated "restricted ranges" occupies more than 5000 square miles of southern and central Nevada desert. Nellis is a vast military reservation, home of "top gun" flight training, exotic and leading-edge R&D projects. To the civilian airman, Nellis lies under restricted airspace, which makes it in effect a "no-fly zone". To the rest of us, it is a no-manís land, a blank spot on the map, a black hole out of which no information may come.

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That is, no information is supposed to come, although fabulous stories have emerged over the years. Recently there has been a new one, told by a one-time air force weather observer whose assigned duty took him to a desolate outpost ninety miles northwest of Nellis AFB proper, for extended periods between 1965 and 1967.

Today Charles James Hall is a nuclear physicist, actively employed in Albuquerque, NM. In 1965-66, Airman First Class Charles Hall was Range Weather Observer for several gunnery ranges. There was nothing whatsoever exotic about his official duty assignment, and that is what makes it possible for this story to be told today. Hallís job was to release and track weather balloons, measure the "winds aloft", and call in reports to Nellis.


What was unique about his situation was that as he was performing his weather observing duties, he was almost continuously surrounded by a group of extraterrestrials observing him. The beings would be in his weather shacks, all over his equipment, even watching him shower in his (otherwise-deserted) barracks, coming and going with complete freedom.

This curious feature of his work was apparently never directly discussed with his superiors. Did they know? Of course they did, and they let Hall know that every person who had previously held that assignment had been seriously attacked or at least warned away on threat of death.


Over a period of seven years, at least 41 weather observers had been compromised while trying to perform their duties on the Nellis ranges. Some had required hospitalization and were given medical discharges from the air force, and some had been killed. Hallís immediate predecessor in this position actually deserted the air force and moved away from the area. His buddies covered for him until the day of his actual discharge, when he showed up to sign the papers.

On one occasion they even turned on Hall without warning, grievously wounding him and leaving him to lie in the dust and die. In that desperate situation, alone and miles from any Earthly help, Hall conceived a way to save his own life.

Showing talent for being a survivor, Hall was eventually told he could have that job as long as he wanted, and was offered an officer track through the Air Force Academy and and an eventual permanent assignment as Nellis Range commander (with time out for other career-enhancing assignments).

Hallís experiences were never classified but his orders were highly classified. The reason for this mysterious arrangement is novel and highly surprising. Hallís own explanation is provided under Correspondence in the sidebar at the left -- but it would be best to read the rest of this page before looking at that, because you will then be able to appreciate how it actually adds consistency to his story.

Hallís experience with the extraterrestrials at Nellis / Indian Springs is too long and complex to be told here. He has published the complete chronicle in his Millennial Hospitality trilogy. The books are presented as fiction, and Hall goes to great lengths to fictionalize the locale as well as names of the characters, including his own. However in current interviews, Hall now acknowledges that the events described in the books are otherwise factual.

To "decode" the story, simply apply the following:




Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Palm Meadows

Las Vegas

Desert Center


Mojave Wells

Indian Springs



Salient Characteristics of the Tall White ETs

Hall has described these beings as tall - ranging upwards of 6-7 feet in height - and quite thin and frail. The skin color is chalk white. They are physically different from us in several noticeable ways, yet the most important physical aspect is that they are humanoid, a fact that is filled with significance.

Their life span is about ten times ours. They do not age as we do, but after around 400 earth yearsí time they undergo a second stage of growth, eventually reaching around nine feet in height. They die of organ failure at an age of approximately 800 years.

In the classical SETI paradigm, extraterrestrials are not supposed to resemble us, as they should have developed independently via natural selection with randomness and varying environments leading to innumerable "genetic" paths. On the other hand, some SETI scientists speculate that there will be resemblances due to the universal utility of various aspects of the human form (i.e., whatís good for us should be good for everyone). "Panspermia", even at a fairly low level, is an unresolved problem for the astrobiologists at the SETI Institute.

Meanwhile, a number of encounters known in the "UFO" field are with entities that can look quite human - so much so that a deep connection simply has to exist. The present case is one of these. (See
Challenges to Darwinism: Panspermia and Theories of Guided Evolution)

Here, for example, the "tall whites" have four claws on their hands instead of five fingers but they have HANDS! With suitable clothing, they can and do pass as humans during well-guarded forays into Las Vegas.

As stated, there was a pattern of confrontations with our personnel, in which panic led to injury and death of our soldiers. These beings are all well-armed, and they can and do kill, sometimes at the tiniest provocation. They react and move much more rapidly than humans can, so if they decide you have threatened them, you may be cut down and bleeding out without having even been warned.

Although they can be friendly, they are at times arrogant and insulting. They appear to be sensitive to our social structures (i.e., classes), for example cultivating relations with high-ranking military officials, some of whom were often seen working with them, while holding lesser-ranking persons in disdain. Hall got along with them by letting them treat him as their "pet", a term they used in his presence. (The beings had some sort of language-translating telepathic communication devices.)

In time, the term "Teacherís Pet" became Hallís code name that was respected among the ETs and the ranking military who were aware of his activities. He was selected by "both governments" to function as the point man in a pilot program to explore paths of cultural acclimatization between the tall whites and ourselves. Because of everyoneís tendency to panic, and the ETs to strike with their weapons, Hall was awarded commendations for the rare bravery that he exhibited during this period.

The group at Nellis have family structures, not unlike our nuclear families. They seem to care greatly for their children, who are growing up and being educated out there in the sagebrush.

They have what we would call serious issues over "control". They felt the need to control their pet, just as they observed us controlling ours.

In all our fantasies of extraterrestrial contact, we probably never imagined it would be like this. They are altogether too much like ourselves for our own comfort. Is that cause to doubt the authenticity of the story? Beware of that logic.

This aspect - that the Tall Whites deport themselves much as we would when establishing a small base with family quarters in the midst of a hostile land - deserves much more discussion.


A ripple of emotion passed through the crowd when I mentioned the star Arcturus, some 36 light years away.


After a short pause, the older lady asked with some surprise, "Teacher, does Charlie know where we come from?"

The Teacher replied, "No, not quite, but he is close."

Hall seems to have learned very little about the origins and the large-scale activities of these people. When asked where they came from, they would usually evade the question by reminding him that he would not recognize the name of the place if he heard them speak it. This is disingenuous as they well knew that we had our own names for many celestial objects and they could use them as well as they could communicate anything else in English to Hall. Typically they would laugh among themselves (in their way) whenever they threw this response to Charles -- their little joke on him. Charles wisely refrained from protesting.

In fact, they treated such topics as what we would call "sensitive". However, Hall, via the telepathic link they often established with him, was able to perceive that the star Arcturus or something close to Arcturus is very important to them.

Their ultimate home may be somewhere else. In recent correspondence, Hall stated:

I was never able to determine which star the tall whites called their home star. However, my best guess was a star that is roughly 105 light years away.

Hallís "best guess" was most likely an excellent guess, as he had been able to figure out their route transit times from very careful observations of the different craft and their schedules.

Their arrival time at their present Earth base location is ambiguous. Hall received mental imagery suggesting they knew the area prior to the arrival of European-Americans. Furthermore, one of them suggested she had arrived here during the administration of our President Madison. However the various bunkers and interior spaces that Hall observed looked as though they had been built for the Tall Whites by U.S. construction firms sometime in the 1950s

Hall was led to believe that they use their Earth base as a sort of waystation along lengthy interstellar travel routes, as though this were the only intermediate station for them.

But a glance at a table of distances to the closest stars from our system puts that explanation in some question.

The Nearest Stars




Proxima Centauri


Alpha Centauri


Barnardís Star


Wolf 359










Ross 154


Ross 248


Epsilon Eridani


Ross 128


61 Cygni

Clearly there are many alternative choices for a base relatively nearby. This means that if it is even true that the Tall Whites must have a base to use on the way from their home location to somewhere beyond here, there still must either be something special about our solar system and the Earth, or other choices are denied to them.

One thing that could be special is the simple fact that they like the climate and environment of the Nevada desert and would not consider any other place in our solar system. Not even another place on the Earth, apparently. It is possible that they need conditions that rather precisely match those of their home, and we are in no position to guess how widespread or rare such may be. They may, for example, require some trace element in our atmosphere.

At this point it is worth mentioning that Michael Salla has been thinking about what the more hidden purposes or activities of the Tall Whites might be. Since we have at this time only the most tangential information bearing on the purposes of the Tall Whites, it is worthwhile for the reader in making his own evaluation to examine Dr. Sallaís statements.

At any rate, if Arcturus or something close to Arcturus may be significant in connection with the activities of the Tall Whites, it would be well to review a little basic information about this star.

Arcturus, the alpha star of the constellation BoŲtes, is the fourth brightest star in the sky. A spectral type K1 star, an orange giant, Arcturus has ceased fusing hydrogen in its core. With 1.5 times the mass of our Sun, it releases 215 times more radiation, a considerable portion of which is in the infrared.

BoŲtes is one of the oldest defined constellations, having been mentioned in Homerís The Odyssey. This constellation has figured in other contact cases.

The following image links to a 3-D view of the solar neighborhood out to 50 light years. You will find Arcturus near the top, well above the plane occupied by our sun. As you gaze at this lovely image, ask yourself: Our solar system is the only possible base on the way from Arcturus to WHERE?

Note that the map shows only the brightest 10% of the roughly 1400 star systems contained within this volume of space, but most of the fainter stars are red dwarfs. Every G-type star is shown.

"click" above image to see full catalog data on each star shown


The Tall Whitesí base seems to have a core of permanent residents but also hosts transients, such as visiting scientists. While here, they study such human behaviors as are available for observation around Nellis.


The Tall Whites obviously possess highly-advanced technology. Hall confined his descriptions of their technology to brief discussions of their deep space craft, the scout craft used for travel near the earthís surface and around the solar system, a weapon that they always carried, and special suits that afforded them limited levitation and also a defensive force field.
Hall also was able to catch at least a glimpse of a scout shipís propulsion system, which prompted him to develop his own physics theory describing its mode of operation.

The deep space ships were capable of faster-than-light travel, and could take the ETs to their home star system within two or three monthsí time.

The scout ships, surprisingly, were assembled here on Earth with components provided by humans for the ETs according to their specifications.

From an interview with Michael Salla:

In book two I describe the afternoon when The Teacher and Range Four Harry were showing me the inside of one of the scout craft. Many of the items, such as the seats and the overhead compartments, still carried the mold markings placed on them by various American industries such as Boeing Aircraft and Lockheed Corporation. The overhead compartments were obviously "off-the-shelf" items from companies such as Airstream Corporation. Many of the clothing items that the tall whites were wearing were obviously purchased straight out of the Sears and Montgomery Wards Catalogs.

Yet these craft were capable of what appeared to be gravity-free and massless operations and could accelerate to superluminal speeds. They were not as reliable in operation as the aliens would have wished.

Where Was/Is the Base at Nellis?

It has been possible to reconstruct views of the locations of Tall Whitesí operations and facilities according to Charles Hallís recollection. Although readers will not be able to verify this information on the ground, it still seems useful to go through this exercise in hopes that it may aid in the overall evaluation of the case and the situation.

To set the scene, here are two overhead views of the area. The first image (below-left) indicates the general location of facilities in the north: the hangar entrance used by the deep space ships; and the housing facility, situated inside the Pintwater Range; a landing area and "back door" tunnel entrances to the northwest. This is actually slightly incorrect; the tunnel entrances should have been placed farther to the east, in the mountain proper. Gunnery and bombing ranges that figured in Hallís story are also shown.

Hall is aware of at least seven entrances concealed in the mountain canyons. The main entrance to housing is through the hangar on the east side of the mountain range. (click image left)

The next view was an earlier graphic construction which did not include French Peak on the west; it also lacked labels on the main valleys. However Hall has added important new data to this image. A composite of these images will be placed here when it becomes available. (click image right)

Hall writes (personal communication):


The tall whites had at least 5 areas of interest visible from the Range Three theodolite stand.

These five areas included:

1)  The main base and its deep space craft hangar located northwest of Dog Bone Lake. It had an associated children's play ground....

Arriving deep space craft were observed to first hover or land at Dog Bone Lake near the upper end of Three Lakes Valley, then to proceed northwest to the hangar entrance, which is built into a mountainside. Arrivals always occurred at sundown, full moon. Here below a view of the hangar area from over the lake.

Below: Close-in view west into hangar entrance area, full moon.


2)  The main underground alien housing area with its tunnel entrances and associated children's playground....

Below: View from high over the hangar entrance area (lower center), north over the high ground containing the housing, to a small landing area in the far valley (upper left).

Looking southeast across the small landing area, dawn. Hall is aware of at least seven concealed tunnel entrances - back doors to the underground housing - in the canyons.


3)  Their favorite scout craft hangar and underground rest area located in the arroyo just northwest of the dry lake bed on which sat the old Range Four. It had an associated children's play ground....

...had its hangar door dug into the southern side of an east-west arroyo.

View looking west into the arroyo:


4)  Two other scout craft hangars and underground rest areas with associated children's play areas located in the lower mountains in the northern parts of the Indian Springs valley. These two are not otherwise described in my current books and writings. One of them appeared to include additional food storage and processing facilities but Iím not certain of the details.

In an e-mail to Dr. Richard Boylan, Charles Hall stated,

"In the 1965-1967 time frame, I personally and frequently observed on many separate occasions the tall white scout craft and the tall whites entering and leaving the valley just below French Peak. Several of the range maintenance men at that time informed me that the tall whites had at least a scout craft base dug in toward the top of French Peak."

View of French Peak from the south.

In addition, the map shows the entrances to the Indian Springs valley on the west (in yellow, etc.) which the tall whites liked to use when they were traveling between Indian Springs Valley and the valleys that lead up to French Peak. They used these corridors sometimes on a daily basis.

Remember these corridors allowed them to safely travel from place to place without showing up on the FAA radar screens. Iím certain they terrain-followed these corridors up to the base of French Peak.

Some of my friends who were range maintenance men said they had observed the tall white scout craft continuing on up the sides of French Peak to another scout craft hangar entrance up towards the top.

View of corridors looking west.

Children of the Tall Whites

Notice the reference to playgrounds at virtually every Tall White facility. In fact, Hallís weather shacks were playgrounds for the Tall Whitesí children. He especially endeared himself to them by leaving his theodolite open and allowing the children to look through it whenever they wished.

In one of his radio interviews, Hall mentions that "The Teacherís" constant refrain was "We love our children more than you do," and in fact if you know whatís good for you, you will open every conversation with a Tall White female by saying "I know you love your children more than we love ours."

In his interview with Salla, Hall mentions:

One of the big items [supplied to the Tall Whites by the US military] was childrenís clothing. In the mid 1960s, on at least one occasion, the USAF purchased more than $600,000 [1965 dollars, as one of Sallaís readers points out!] worth of childrenís clothing from the Sears stores and warehouse in Los Angeles, California, picked it up in government trucks, and shipped it to Indian Springs Auxiliary Field, Nevada. The trucks delivered the clothing to the main Tall White base at the north end of Indian Springs Valley.

Letís do a bit of arithmetic. A childrenís "outfit" today might sell for around $75. That might be equivalent to, say, $15 in 1965. Very roughly, the shipment then might have contained some 40,000 "outfits". A child might have required, say, three outfits for their wardrobe at one time. But our children outgrow their clothing. So would those of the Tall Whites.


Furthermore, since the TWs in general live ten times as long as we do, their childhood years might also run ten times ours. Therefore if an Earth child, outgrowing clothing from time to time, might go through or wear out some five sets of clothes, then each Tall White child ultimately speaks for 3 x 5 x 10 = 150 outfits. That means the order would have equipped some 250-300 children with their clothing needs.

It would be useful to determine how many children were present in the colony. If there were significantly fewer than 250 children, this would suggest that some of the clothing was for use elsewhere - either elsewhere on the planet or off.

In a letter, Hall indicates that the number of children present may have fluctuated greatly over time, but could have occasionally exceeded 200.

Since there was considerable flux into and out of the colony, children could have been taking their "Earth outfits" with them when they left.

To further help understand why there had been a single large purchase, I asked Hall if the body build or anything else about the TW children would have required special tooling on the part of the manufacturer. That could have helped to explain the large size of the order, as the manufacturer would have needed a large order to cover the retooling cost. Here is Hallís reply:

As regards the childrenís clothes question, remember that Sears made and marketed childrenís clothes in every conceivable size and variation. The TW children were the same size as human children of the same height who are simply on the thin side.


Clothes for the TW children did not have to be specially made.

Remember also that the TW mothers also make and alter clothes for their children, just as human mothers do. One night, in an episode that does not appear in my books for various reasons, The Teacher came with her little girl. Her little girl was wearing a simple frill [flounce] around the waist of her suit similar to the type of frill that little girls typically wear on their bathing suits.

The Teacher proudly informed me that she had added the frill (meaning that she had personally constructed the frill and added it to the suit - sewing, etc.) because she wanted her little girl to feel like a little girl.

The Teacher occasionally expressed concern because all of her little girlís TW playmates her age were boys.

She stated, for example, that one reason she liked to have her little girl play with the little girl described in Book one in the Chapter entitled "In Remembrance Of ME" was because she wanted her little girl to have playmates who were also little girls. The TW little girl and the human little girl were so very similar in personality. They were both simply "little girls", even down to the clothes they both enjoyed wearing.

It must be said: perhaps the TWs had good reason for doubting how much we love our children. Consider what they might have observed of our everyday life down there around the base and in Las Vegas.

To which I might add that the story, The Wayward Wind, reproduced on Paola Harrisí page, shows how the TWs were overwhelmingly impressed by Hallís letter to his father, expressing love for him.

This little note to Hallís father was so very important to the TWs that - who knows? - it might have affected our relations with them then and into the future.

Several notable points come to mind here:

  • They sew. We apparently share a sense of fashion with them.

  • Where are all the little Tall White girls? Little TW girls must exist somewhere because TW adult females are present in the colony. Why did they not come here?

  • They evidence "love" among their own kind; little for us. But then, where have we shown anything resembling love for them?