Area 51. It's the most famous military institution in the world that doesn't officially exist. If it did, it would be found about 100 miles outside Las Vegas in Nevada's high desert, tucked between an Air Force base and an abandoned nuclear testing ground. Then again, maybe not— the U.S. government refuses to say. You can't drive anywhere close to it, and until recently, the airspace overhead was restricted—all the way to outer space. Any mention of Area 51 gets redacted from official documents, even those that have been declassified for decades.It has become the holy grail for conspiracy theorists, with UFOlogists positing that the Pentagon reverse engineers flyingsaucers and keeps extraterrestrial beings stored in freezers.
Urban legend has it that Area 51 is connected by underground tunnels and trains to other secret facilities around the country. In 2001, Katie Couric told Today Show audiences that 7 percent of Americans doubt the moon landing happened—that it was staged in the Nevada desert.Millions of X-Files fans believe the truth may be "out there," but more likely it's concealed inside Area 51's Strangelove-esque hangars—buildings that, though confirmed by Google Earth, the government refuses to acknowledge.
is the myths of Area 51 are hard to dispute if no one can speak on the
record about what actually happened there. Well, now, for the first
time, someone is ready to talk—in fact, five men are, and their stories
rival the most outrageous of rumors. Colonel Hugh"Slip" Slater, 87,
was commander of the Area 51 base in the 1960s. Edward Lovick, 90,
featured in "What Plane?" in LA's March issue, spent three decades
radar testing some of the world's most famous aircraft (including the
U-2, the A-12 OXCART and the F-117). Kenneth Collins, 80, a CIA
experimental test pilot, was given the silver star. Thornton "T.D."
Barnes, 72, was an Area 51 special-projects engineer. And Harry Martin,
77, was one of the men in charge of the base's half-million-gallon
monthly supply of spy-plane fuels. Here are a few of their best
stories—for the record:
On May 24, 1963, Collins
flew out of Area 51's restricted airspace in a top-secret spy plane
code-named OXCART, built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. He was
flying over Utah when the aircraft pitched, flipped and headed toward a
crash. He ejected into a field ofweeds.......
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...