WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio - Ghost Hunters Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson check out the flight deck of the 445th Airlift Wing's C-5 Galaxy. The popular Sci Fi Channel T.V. show Ghost Hunters is filming their show in several buildings at Wright-Patterson AFB and filmed some footage of the 445th Airlift Wing's C-5 Galaxy Jan. 15, 2008, to help enhance the Air Force base setting for the show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Ted Theopolos)
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio - The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) van sits in front of a 445th Airlift Wing C-5. The popular Sci Fi Channel T.V. show Ghost Hunters is filming their show in several buildings at Wright-Patterson AFB and filmed some footage of the 445th Airlift Wing's C-5 Galaxy Jan. 15, 2008 to help enhance the Air Force base setting for the show. (U.S. Air Force photo/Laura Darden)
by Rachel Castle
88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
1/11/2008 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- It has been suspected for years, now workers here finally have the opportunity to find out if Buildings 70, 219 and the Arnold House are inhabited by more than government employees.
The Atlantic Paranormal Society, known as TAPS, visits the base this week to investigate three buildings where workers have reported phenomena which they cannot explain such as hearing footsteps, voices and seeing apparitions - specifically one of a little boy in building 219 and one of an older woman in building 70.
Carolyn Kugle, with the Air Force Materiel Command Logistics Support Office, who works in building 70 in Area C, has had some unexplained experiences in the building's warehouse and office. Recently she conducted her own informal investigation.
"It was very exciting when it [the experience] first happened to me. I've watched Ghost Hunters so much I knew to ask a question of it," she said. "I hope they find some evidence. I can't even describe the excitement. It's thrilling."
TAPS makes up the cast of the Sci-Fi show Ghost Hunters, which has an audience of close to 3 million who tune in each week to see what TAPS has uncovered at such famous sites as the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, the USS Lexington, the Queen Mary and the Race Rock Lighthouse, to name a few.
TAPS arrival to Wright-Patterson marks the first Ghost Hunters investigation at an active military installation as well as the largest investigation they have performed. This is also the first time in the show's history that TAPS will have a three-night investigation.
"Ghost Hunters is immensely popular with a wide national demographic, including the recruiting-age audience our Air Force is trying to reach," said Derek Kaufman, a public affairs specialist with the 88th Air Base Wing. "We hope to share a little bit about Wright-Patterson's history and missions with viewers during the show -- and perhaps explain some unusual occurrences along the way."
Fans who are authorized access to the base and wish to meet the cast can do so on Jan. 16 from 3 - 6 p.m. at the Wright-Patterson Club. This filmed event is not open to the general public but is open to anyone with base access on a first-come, first-served basis.