Thirty-four years ago on this night, a group of children came upon an empty patrol car, siren light spinning, a the gate of what was then Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.
The car’s driver was reportedly found screaming inside the locked cockpit of an F-105 on display nearby. Base engineers spent four hours cutting him out.
Or so the story — recently re-posted on the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System — goes.
“To this date,” according the news article first published in 1997 in the base newspaper, “no one has been able to explain how he got up here.”
The story provides a fantastical account of what the young airman supposedly experienced before passing out and finding himself in the cockpit on Halloween night in 1980.
You can check out the whole account of that “eerie moon-veiled night” here.