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
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
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
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
To "decode" the story, simply apply the following:
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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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
The Tall Whites obviously possess highly-advanced technology.
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
The scout ships, surprisingly, were assembled here on Earth with
components provided by humans for the ETs according to their
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
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
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
...had its hangar door dug into the southern side of an east-west
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,
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
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
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."
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
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
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
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?