AREA 51! The name alone brings up thoughts of alien autopsies and space ships from other worlds. No one is really sure what goes on there, but the stories are endless. The U.S. Government denied for years that there was a military base at the location, finally declassifying it on July 14th, 2003. They admit to it being used for testing experimental aircraft, weapons systems and other research programs, but that's where they draw the line. Mustn't let the general public in on the SECRET.
It is located 83 miles north-northeast of Las Vegas, fairly close to where I live, actually. An hour or so drive and I could check it out myself. I never have though, as I like to think of it as the mysterious place that is shown so graphically in all of the movies and TV shows about it. Why shouldn't there be alien space craft held in bunkers underground, and little aliens cavorting about the place, just like the Men in Black movie shows. That would be cool.
Anyway, over the years, Area 51 (or Groom Lake, as it is also known) has been responsible for the testing of such craft as the U-2 reconnaissance plane in 1955, and the X-15 rocket plane in 1959. Just 2 of the many distinguished aircraft that have come out of the most famous secret place in the world. If the government would have just called it an Air Force Base and said they were building test planes, they would have probably never got the attention they did by denying that there was one there. Military intelligence. A misnomer?
Finally in 1981, the test site took over development of the F-117, the Stealth fighter plane. This plane was probably responsible for many UFO sightings over the next few years,as it made many test flights in and out of Area 51. I think I saw one back in the day, but then, I was looking for UFO's. As a hobby. Really.
If you happen to be in the Vegas area and want to check it out, please be prepared to be disappointed. Visitors are not allowed and there are signs warning that trespassers will be shot. This is the military and it is there not so secret base after all. You can set up at a distance and wait for something cool to happen, but I'm betting if the Men in Black know you are out there, nothing will. But you never know. Stranger things have happened.
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