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9906753 was the identifying number used on the crate that held the Ark of the Covenant in the cavernous warehouse of Hangar 51, after it was retrieved by the US government following its discovery by Indiana Jones and later use by René Belloq and Dietrich in 1936. The full text stenciled on the crate read:

ARMY INTEL 9906753

In the 1950s, Jones discovered the location of the crate at the hangar, and wrote in his journal that he might want to return to see it, and sketched a drawing of the box, though got the number wrong[1].

Α similar box with a slightly different serial number: 9906573 was also kept in Hanger 51 and contained the remains of a being found at the Roswell crash.

In 1957, while attempting to reclaim the Roswell remains being stolen by Irina Spalko, Jones crashed his truck into crate 9906753, but didn't have time to see the Ark inside.

Behind the scenesEdit

After the crate's appearance in Raiders of the Lost Ark, references to either the crate itself, or having a valuable treasure locked away in an anonymous crate sealed in a giant crate-filled warehouse appeared in other movies, television shows, and video games.

  • The crate is seen in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. It is in the giant warehouse where Wayne Szalinski's (Rick Moranis) shrink ray is held. It is seen in its crate when he finds his shrink ray.
  • The crate/warehouse motif is used at the end of the South Park episode "Free Hat", after the boys stop an attempt by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to re-edit Raiders of the Lost Ark to be more politically correct, all the original prints of Raiders of the Lost Ark are sealed in a crate and deposited in a vast warehouse (also storing Red Cross 9/11 Relief Funds)
  • The crate/warehouse motif is also used at the end of a Robot Chicken sketch in the episode "Federated Resources", when the Bush twins are locked in a crate which is then deposited in a vast warehouse.
  • The crate in warehouse also closes The Simpsons episode "Pigmoelian", in which Moe gets plastic surgery.
  • The number 990 6753 can be found in the queuing area for Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye at Disneyland.
  • In the MMO City of Heroes, contact Sarah Peters would give a mission to rescue crate 9906753 from the Council. Later, game developers changed the number of the crate to 878-932 without explanation.



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