"Insanity runs rampant here," Sharon tells me with a sassy smirk, the kind small-town waitresses develop after years of pouring coffee for bikers, truckers and other highway bandits making a pit stop off the interstate.But Sharon's greasy spoon—the infamous Little A 'Le' Inn of Rachel, Nevada—plays host to characters more colorful than your standard highway travellers. Scrubby and beyond desolate, Rachel sits about 150 miles north of Las Vegas off Interstate 375.Rechristened the "Extraterrestrial Highway" in 1996 in an effort to lure tourists to this real-life twilight zone, the permanent population, inhabiting helter-skelter trailer encampments and a half-dozen homes, hasyet to exceed 100.
And residents like it that way. The population roughly doubled this past weekend, when "truth seekers" from as far afield as New York, Florida and Iowa gathered for the annual Memorial Day UFO/Friendship Campout, which Boise, Idaho, resident Ike Bishop has been organizing since 2002.
Groom Dry Lake was chosen as a test site for Lockheed's super-secret
U-2 spy plane. First dubbed "The Ranch," and then Watertown (named
after former CIA director Allen Dulles' New York hometown), the Atomic
Energy Commission later renamed the secret aircraft testing facility
An entire mythology has
grown up around Area 51 (also known as Dreamland, the airspace code
name for the site), a 6-by-10 mile "operating location" adjacent to the
Nellis Test Range and overseen by theU.S. Air Force. Its runway, the
longest on Earth, has been the testing ground for spy planes like the
U-2, SR71 and B-2 Stealth Bomber.
Rumors that the "secret"
base was used as a storage space for crashed UFOs, and where alien
technology has been "back-engineered" and applied to military aircraft
circulated for years before Las Vegan Bob Lazar made the claim on local
television that he tinkered with alien spacecraft at Papoose Lake, a
dry lake bed located south of the Groom Lake facility. Lazar referred
to the location as S4. Area 51, hidden behind a range of impenetrable
mountains, lies some 25 miles south of Rachel.
Bishop lived in Las Vegas
for 29 years, where he worked as a private investigator. He left in
1989, the same year Lazar's claims began luring the curious out to the
Little A 'Le' Inn. "A lot of interesting thingsa......
Military Facility, Social Phenomenon and
State of Mind
Area 51, also known as Groom Lake, is a
secret military facility about 90 miles north of Las Vegas. The number refers to
a 6-by-10-mile block of land, at the center of which is a large air base the
government will not discuss. The site was selected in the mid-1950s for testing
of the U-2 spyplane, due to its remoteness, proximity to existing facilities and
presence of a dry lake bed for landings. Groom Lake is America's traditi...New top secret construction at Area 51
Something big is in the works at Nevada's legendary Area 51 military base. A massive new building is under construction at the top secret location. Aviation experts say there's a good chance that a new, highly classified aircraft might soon be zipping around the Nevada skies. What kind of aircraft? One possibility is a successor to the SR-71 spy plane, the SR-72. The SR-71 Blackbird is widely regarded as thegreatest airplane ever built. It sliced through the sky at Mach 3 and still reign...Aliens welcome in Rachel, Nevada
It would be logical for this town to consider sisterhoodwith Loch Ness, Scotland, home to a putative aquatic monster whose reported "sightings" have fired up imaginations for decades. Rachel, population about 100, also has a lake, a mystery at the bottom of it and the business savvy to turn it into a lucrative enterprise. Groom Lake, about 25 miles southwest of here, has not held any water since probably the last ice age, but even an attempt to sneak a peak from one of the surrounding ...Area 51's robotic spy bird
Those robo-dragonflies may not be the only creatures keeping an eye on you. For many years now intelligence agencies have been looking at drones disguised as birds. These days flapping-wing "ornithopters" are not easy to tell apart from birds -take a look at this video of a robo-peregrine and some seagulls and see how long it takes you to spot the impostor. But even back in the 1970"s you could build something that did a pretty good impression of a soaring bird seen from a distance. This was the...Area 51 designated with a new name ?
The Air Force’s classified test range at Groom Lake, Nev. has never lacked for evocative nicknames — it and its restricted airspace have been called Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, The Box and, most famously, Area 51. Now there’s a less romantic moniker to throw on the pile: “Homey Airport,” according to a few civilian aviation journals. “Homey Airport” now appears as the official name for a certain air base near a certain dry lake bed in Nevada, according to reports in the Web site of the Aircraft O...Area 51 declassified
As Las Vegas prepares to celebrate its centennial, another Nevada institution is marking a milestone birthday this month. The world's best-known secret military base, Area 51, turns 50 years old this month.Area 51, located at dry Groom Lake in Lincoln County, has been "the" location of choice for the most classified military programs in the world. For many years, the government would not admit its existence. People who worked there were sworn to secrecy.Now, they're talking. Ar...Former Area 51 insiders speak out
Its one of the most secretive places on the planet but now five insiders have revealed new details about Area 51.Its been a staple of science fiction and conspiracy theories for decades, nestled in the Nevada desert 100 miles from Las Vegas Area 51 is believed by many to be a staging ground for everything fromblack project test flights to the reverse engineering of alien spacecraft.
Area 51. It"s the mostfamous military institution in the world that doesn"t officially exist. . If it d...Secrets of Area 51
Users of Google"s map service have taken to leaving reviews of the enigmatic Area 51 base.Pranksters claiming to have visited the site which is available to view on the mapping service have left a number of spoof reviews for the allegedly top secret military base said bysome to house technology derived from UFOs. Area 51 in the Nevada desert may bethe rumoured home of aliens and intergalactic spaceships, but according to Google users, it"s just not worth visiting. .
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By Mac Tonnies
Introduction: The "Silent Invasion" Scenario in a Nutshell
: The 1980s and 1990s spawned once of the most satisfying mythologies of the
21st century. In essence, it goes like this: The U.S. government has known that UFOs are alien craft since the late 1940s
[actually, not totally impossible]. Formal contact with the aliens was
established in the 1950s. Shortly thereafter a deal was struck between the
government and the extraterrestrials: the aliens wou...