Area 51…What does it sounds to be like? Do any of you have an idea of what is it all about? Well!! I don’t wish to hold up the secret anymore…
Up in the Nevada desert, less than 100 miles from Las Vegas hides this dusty air base-Area 51. It is the most famous top secret air force installation on earth. Although it’s known by various names people call it as the Atomic Energy Commission’s (AEC) designation: Area 51.
Wrapped in mystery, Area 51 is one of the most secretive places on earth; so secret that you even can’t find this place on any map and the US government denies its existence. For decades, officials went to great lengths to obscure its location. Finally in 1988 a Soviet satellite photographed the base.
Secrecy about what goes on at this base has fueled many. The traveler, traveling through it, may not dare not openly view it; never its mysteries are exposed, to the weak human eye unclosed. With all the secrecy shrouding Area 51, it’s time for us to shed some light.
Area 51’s purpose is for testing experimental aircraft, technologies and systems used for the effectiveness of U.S. military forces and to keep the country secure.
How Area 51 got its name?
It was baptized as area 51 because the facility borders the Nevada Test Site (NTS). The AEC used the NTS grounds for testing nuclear bombs.
But why number 51? Does numerology plays here? Verily No!! The NTS is mapped as a grid of squares that are numbered from one to 30. Area 51, while not part of this grid, borders Area 15. Many say the site got the name Area 51 by transposing the 1 and 5 of its neighbor. Few even tell that the number 51 was chosen because it was not likely to be used as part of the NTS system in the future.
This site is also referred to as Groom Lake (the name of the dry lake Area 51 was built around), Paradise Ranch (a half-serious way to entice employees to accept positions at the remote, rustic base), Watertown (the official name of the test site, given in 1956), and finally by its most popular nickname- Dreamland (named after an Edgar Allan Poe poem).
But as of now Area 51 is officially named as Air Force Flight Test Center, Detachment 3, or AFFTC Det. 3 for short.
How it works?
Area 51 is surrounded by thousands of acres of empty desert landscape and it occupies more than 90,000 acres. Although satellite images of Area 51 show a guard shack, hangar, housing facilities, offices, a mess hall, radar antennas, runways and shelters, many wonder if a much larger underground facility of perhaps 40 levels is hidden beneath and that it is attached via underground trains and tunnels to other secret facilities around the country.
Area 51 is believed to be part of either Edwards Air Force Base in California or the Nellis Air Force Range in Nevada. The airspace above Area 51 is known as R-4808.As a matter of fact, the cloak of secrecy is wrapped so tightly around the area that commercial and military flights not originating from the base are forbidden to fly over this airspace.
Workers working at Area 51, whether military or civilian, have to sign an oath agreeing not to speak to anyone about their work and keep everything a secret. Such workers are flown in each day on chartered jet aircraft from Las Vegas. They work in windowless buildings, preventing them from seeing anything not related to their own duties at the base and their work is compartmentalized such that workers may not always know the end goal of their labors.
I can tell you with an example: When testing a secret aircraft, officials order all uninvolved employees to stay inside until the test flight was over and the aircraft returned to its hangar.
The borders of Area 51 are not fenced, but are marked with orange poles and warning signs with a sobering note “Security is authorized to use deadly force on people who insist on trespassing” .These signs also admonishes that photography isn’t allowed at this site.
Secret projects of Area 51:
Secret aircraft projects are the core o0f Area 51 work and it has been historically experimenting secret aircrafts. Some of the aircraft tested at Area 51 include:
- The U-2 spy plane is a confirmed Area 51 project which was developed by Lockheed and the CIA. It could fly at an altitude of 70,000 feet (2.13 kilometers).
- Next was the Suntan which was supposed to be a successor to the U-2.
It could hit speeds of Mach 2.5 (almost 2,000 miles per hour). It used liquid hydrogen as fuel which was its drawback since the fuel was too expensive. And finally government canceled the project.
- The actual successor to the U-2 spy plane was the A-12 OXCART which was later called the SR-71 Blackbird could cruise at speeds of Mach 3(2,300 miles per hour) and could fly at an altitude of 90,000 feet. The A-12 OXCART consisted of more than 90% titanium. In fact it’s the world’s first titanium plane.
- There were even successful attempts at creating stealth aircraft and stealth fighters (Tacit Blue and Have Blue)
- Even unmanned aerial vehicle were created to provide the military with information without endangering the lives of pilots or soldiers.
Speaking of secret airplanes in Area 51, it’s actually a better way for employees to arrive to work there. However no one for sure knows what projects goes on there today.
Area 51-Debatable port:
For years Area 51 has been a controversial place. This base has something to do with the aliens and UFOs.
Alien and Area 51:
This may sound weird but some people believe an alien spacecraft in 1947 had crashed which ditched in Roswell, New Mexico and the government had sent the wreckage and a body of an alien almost 900 miles away to Area 51 for examination and study purpose. A few even go by telling that warehouses of alien technology and living aliens can be found in the tunnels and facilities underneath the visible buildings of Area 51. Some people even say that the aliens are in charge of the site and they are working to come up with human-alien hybrid because they can’t reproduce themselves.
It’s never been proven, and Air Force has publicly denied something like that, and claimed that area 51 has nothing to do with the aliens. But conspiracy theorists still maintain that Area 51 is connected to aliens.
The alien stories became more famous with the arrival of Bob Lazar in 1987. He made a public statement that the government was holding nine alien spacecraft near Area 51, and he was helping them to adapt technology from the aircraft. According to Lazar, he discovered a special substance called “Element 115” that powered the alien ships. Unfortunately, Mr. Lazar was unable to produce any physical evidence to confirm his story.
Lazar is one of the reasons why some people believe in the Area 51 conspiracy theories.
This controversy, I suspect, is far from over…
UFO sighting near Area 51:
The very next cover story in Area 51 is the UFO (unidentified flying object) stories. Area 51 is also the center of many UFO stories.
It’s well known that the airspace above Nevada’s Area 51 is a site for testing new technology and experimental aircraft. Sometimes that aircraft might be exotic and unidentifiable to the untrained eye and that might fool you into thinking that you have seen something from another world.
So it’s no surprise and no wonders. It’s just the familiar aircraft that confuse you and you end up in creating UFO’s stories.
There are also reports that Area 51 was the shooting place of the entire moon landing in 1969.
Got a feel of reading a science fiction??It’s no more a fiction story. Rumors, facts, myths and legends weave together in this mysterious place in such a way that it becomes difficult to separate reality from fiction. But the real problem is the myths of Area 51.It continues to exist if no one can speak on the record about what actually happened there.