Area 51 has always been a mystery and has been the source of many controversies. Some people believe that the government is hiding an alien UFO with little green aliens in the facility while others believe that it is simply yet another government facility with an air base. However, one thing is common among all people who believe in the existence of Area 51: the place is shrouded in mystery and the only people who actually know the truth are high-level government and military officials. However, we have uncovered some facts about the facility that we think the whole world should read about. Scroll down to find out more.
What Is Area 51?
In 1995, the government started using the facility to test aircrafts. However, they did not acknowledge the existence of the facility until 2013. Even in the announcement in 2013, they did not mention anything about aliens and just mentioned that it was a test facility for prototype aircrafts. One thing that is clear is that the government definitely had something to hide due to the fact they kept the facility hidden for so long.
Where Is It?
It is located in the deserts of Nevada, 83 miles from Las Vegas. You can find it just beside a dry lake, known as Groom Lake. However, you should avoid going there because it is a restricted area and trespassing is strictly forbidden.
Why That Name Specifically?
You have to wonder why they chose the name “Area 51” specifically. The origin of the name is still unknown but it can be considered that they chose the name from a grid reference that existed on an atomic energy commission map.
Area 51 Is Expanding
Area 51 does not seem to have any boundaries, just like any other secret government facility. It has been growing over the years and many people believe that it is doing so because they require more space for alien spacecraft that might just be growing in size.
Faked Moon Landing
There are many people who believe that NASA actually faked the moon landing. They believe that this was done in Area 51. On top of this, people also believe that the facility was used to brainwash the astronauts and the moon rocks were just lunar meteorites recovered from Antarctica.
Commute By Plane
Allegedly, people who have the honor of working here go to their offices by plane. They board the unmarked aircraft at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, which takes them to and from an undisclosed location.
Sworn To Secrecy
All Area 51 employees are sworn to secrecy, but some of their former coworkers are opening up about their work in this mysterious place. James Noce, Area 51 veteran, claims that one crash of a secret aircraft was seen by a police officer and a vacationing family, who took pictures of the crash.
The Court Case
In the 1990s, a lawyer, Jonathan Turley, was approached by workers from Area 51 who claimed that they were getting sick because of exposure to the site’s hazardous materials. The government refused to declassify information about the toxic material, which meant that workers didn’t know what they had been exposed to, and therefore they couldn’t get appropriate medical care.
Area 51 is heavily guarded. The security is authorized to use deadly force on anyone who tries to sneak onto the property.
There are people who have the permission to shoot you if you approach Area 51. They are called ‘Camo Dudes’ because that’s what they wear when on duty. So, if you see one of them, literally run for your life, and don’t ask any questions!
A Huge Space
Area 51 is a part of the Nevada Test and Training Range. The NNTR is the biggest combined air and ground space for military operations around the world. Its size is enormous- it covers a total of 1.2 million hectares and 12,950 square km of restricted space.
Why Area 51 Exists?
Officially, the NNTR is used to train aircraft crews in combat scenarios and for live munitions training. This place was also used to develop and test new aircraft and other top-secret military technologies.
Since Area 51 is located in the desert, living there is not really an option. However, when construction of this place began, the government wanted to convince workers and their families to move to the middle of nowhere and create a place to live. The place was called “Paradise Ranch”.
Lies Or Truth?
We are never sure whether we have been told lies or the truth. There is a possibility that one alleged UFO was just a nuclear reconnaissance balloon, but the Air Force didn’t want to go public with this information.
End Of The Road
If you are really interested in going to visit Area 51, you should know a few things beforehand. You can drive up to the front or back gates, and that would be the end of your road. If you decide to go any further, you could get arrested and you could pay up to a $1,000 fine, or go to jail for six months.
A Real Tourist Attraction
The surroundings of Area 51 have become a real tourist attraction. Believers are everywhere and they would do anything to get close to this holy place. The first stop before the final destination is Rachel, Nevada, a place with a human population of 98. There you can enjoy your meal at the ‘Little A’le’lnn’ restaurant and you can stay at the conspiracy-focused ‘Dreamland Resort’.
No secret can stay buried forever. This particular one was revealed by accident. Declassified files in 2013 revealed something pretty interesting. The USA secretly tested Soviet MiG fighters during the Cold War during the 1970s and 1980s.
The document also reveals that Area 51 was a testing place for Lockheed A-12 Oxcart and the D-21 Tagboard. But that wasn’t all; F-117 Nighthawk was also tested at Area 51. This craft started operating in 1981, but it was a secret until 1988, and it was used in the Gulf War and during the war in Yugoslavia and Iraq.
The Clintons Wanted To Reveal Things
In 2016, while she was running for president, Hillary Clinton said that she would like to reveal more information about Area 51 because people had to know the truth. “If there’s nothing to hide, let’s tell people there’s nothing there.” She also said that her husband Bill Clinton had looked for information about extra-terrestrials during his presidency.
Administration Is Far Away
Even though Area 51 is located in Nevada, its administrations are located in southern California. These administrations are the staff of Edwards Air Force Base.
Nuclear Tests In The Area
Area 51 shares a border with the Nevada Test Sites’ Yucca Flat Region. This place is where more than 700 nuclear tests were carried out by the United States Department of Energy.
The entire area is highly popular, and people are going above and beyond to take a closer look. Nevada decided to ‘help’ hunters, so they named State Route 375, the nearby highway, the ‘Extraterrestrial Highway’.
Establishment Of Area 51
The original Area 51 airfield was established during the Second World War after the US entered the war. At that time this area was known as the Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field. This airfield only had two runways that were each 5,000 feet long.
Comfortable Homes For Workers
Area 51 is in the middle of the desert. Therefore, the authorities tried to make the worker’s stay here as comfortable as possible. They had trailer homes, which were made for the small crew of workers. Also, they could use a volleyball court and cinema.
No Fences Or Walls
There are no fences or walls around Area 51. Don’t you think that this is a little odd considering all the secrecy that has surrounded the base for so many years? We are all very confused with this fun fact, and a bit shocked as well.
Speculations Grow Strong
Area 51 has always been hidden under a veil of mystery. This has allowed many people to make their own conspiracy theories, and to speculate about what really goes on there. Everyone has an opinion about this place- some think that people who work there somehow control the weather, or that they travel through time, and of course, everyone’s favorite theory is that aliens live there.
Some of the most famous movies about the secret US military base are ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, ‘Independence Day’, ‘Return to Area 51’ and ‘Alien Domicile’. They all have a different take on Area 51.
There is one TV show that has changed the way we portray Area 51 and the entire ‘alien culture’. We are talking about ‘The X-Files’, the legendary TV show that changed the way we see fiction, and opened our minds to believe that maybe there’s really something out there.
Roswell, New Mexico
Many people have wondered why Area 51 has always been associated with little green aliens. One of the reasons dates back to 1947, and the place is Roswell, New Mexico. A rancher discovered strange debris on his land and the official report said that he had found a weather balloon. The only problem was that the thing looked nothing like that.
The rancher said that the thing looked like something that didn’t come from our world. That led to the famous theory that the debris was a part of a crashed alien spacecraft. Many people believe that story to this day- but the truth is that the debris was part of a classified program called ‘Project Mogul’.
Another Conspiracy Comes Forward
In 1989, one more alien conspiracy came to the surface. Bob Lazar made claims that he had worked at Area 51, had seen aliens and helped to make an extraterrestrial spacecraft. Yet, his coworkers stated that his claims were false and that no alien was ever there.
UFO’s In The Area
In the summer of 1955, people reported that they had seen unidentified flying objects around the area. The government claimed that what people were really seeing was the U2 plane they were testing, and because they were flying very high, they looked like little specks.
Big Brother’s Watching
Even though there are no walls, cameras watch every single spot of the site, and you can also notice a white pickup truck on the hilltop that watches over the area below. Some people also believe that there are sensors on the road.
In 2013, it got confirmation that Area 51 is really out there. However, the surprises didn’t end there. The authorities didn’t reveal what was going on in the mysterious area. In many cases, aircraft have been buried in Area 51 in unmarked pits to prevent people from finding out secret information.
Refusal Of Information
Only 3 years ago, in September 2017, an Air Force pilot lapsed in a crash around Area 51. The strange part is that the crash wasn’t acknowledged for three days, and the Air Force refused to identify the kind of aircraft the pilot was flying.
Some believe that workers in Area 51 are working on things related to wartime technology and aircraft- creating advanced weapons and even developing unmanned aircraft.
More Empty Beds
Through the years, Area 51 has gone through some serious changes. In 1959, an 8,500-foot runway was completed to replace the original one. Two years later, more renovations were on the way. They built three new Navy hangars, a reservoir pond with a perimeter of trees for privacy, and 130 Babbitt duplex housing units.
Google Gets Creative
If you go to Google Maps in order to find Area 51, every time you try to move your cursor over Area 51, it turns into a little spaceship. Google always gets creative with these little gimmicks.
Seizure Of Land
Area 51 is constantly growing, and one odd thing happened during the expansion in 2015. That expansion was actually a seizure of land which had belonged to a Nevada family for more than 100 years. Because their land was so close to the base, a federal judge deemed that it posed a risk to national security, so the land was allotted to the state.
Even before Area 51 was constructed, the surrounding land was being used. During the mid-19th century, silver and lead were being mined around Groom Lake. It even got its name from the English mining company ‘Groome Lead Mines Limited’. That same company financed the establishment of the Conception Mines during the 1870s.
Groom Lake Closes
The mines around Groom Lake stayed open for a very long time but when Area 51 became operational, the ownership of the mines changed, but its purpose stayed the same.
CIA Releases Information
In 2013, when the government finally decided to tell the truth, the CIA published a 400-page history statement, which was released to the public by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. Yet, in those 400 pages, we couldn’t find any information about aliens and UFO’s.
Storming The Base
Back in July 2019, someone made a satirical proposal to storm the base, and people welcomed it with open arms. Millions of people online voiced support for this ‘attack’, and this action was called ‘They Can’t Stop All of Us’. The military had to react, and they stated that ‘The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets’.
Extensive Studies In Area 51
During the Cold War, the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union escalated, and Area 51 had its role during that time. All aircraft captured by the US was transferred to Area 51 for an extensive study.
During the 1950s, it was where the reconnaissance aircraft Lockheed U2 was designed and tested. One more important thing- the climate and terrain are extremely beneficial to flight tests.
Some people think that workers in Area 51 are trying to make an invisible plane. An invisible plane so they can spy on the Russians. Or maybe they can just call Wonder Woman to help them.
Who To Believe?
Over the years, many videos have captured various spaceships. We don’t know whether to believe the claims that they are spaceships from another planet or just prototype airplanes that we have never seen before.
Lockheed Martin, who made A12, backed up a prototype and transported it from California to Area 51. People were convinced that an alien spacecraft was inside but it was just a prototype plane.
There is actually some evidence that suggests that there are underground tunnels around Area 51. Some tunnels stretch more than a thousand feet and some even deeper. No one knows where these tunnels lead to.
Allegedly, Area 51 is one big research center, where they do alien tests, on actual aliens, of course. They are trying to make superhuman/alien beings who will conquer the world.