Tinfoil hats at the ready; A newly-declassified CIA document has confirmed the existence of famed Area 51 – Groom Lake, an outpost of Edwards Air Force Base – in Nevada, however, conspiracy theorists will be mightily disappointed, the recently released documents offer NO proof of alien spaceship landings at the top secret site.
Area 51 has long been fodder for wild UFO tales claiming the US government imposed secrecy over the site north-west of Las Vegas to cover up evidence of extraterrestrials. Paradise Ranch, or the Nevada Test and Training Range – as the US Air Force likes to call it – 135 km/83 miles north-northwest of Las Vegas, remains enigmatic, it’s current purpose is officially UNDETERMINED!
The latest release – under US freedom of information law – outlines that instead of encounters with flying saucers, recounts the history of Area 51 as a testing range for the government’s U2 spy plane during the Cold War. The intense secrecy around the base has helped keep the site in UFO folklore ::::
The origins of the Area 51 name is unclear, the most accepted reasoning comes from a grid numbering system of the area by the Atomic Energy Commission. While Area 51 isn’t a part of the commissions system, it is adjacent to Area 15.
The Groom Lake test facility was established by the CIA for Project Aquatone, the Angencys’ development of the Lockheed U-2 strategic reconnaissance aircraft in April 1955.
As part of the project, the then CIA director, Richard M. Bissell, surmised that, given the extreme secrecy enveloping the project, the flight test and pilot training programs could not be conducted at Edwards Air Force Base or Lockheed’s Palmdale facility. A search for a suitable testing site for the U-2 was conducted under the same extreme security as the rest of the project.
The reconnaissance aircraft was designed to spy on the Soviet Union at high-altitude, and its development was shrouded in secrecy. In April 1955, the CIA chose a dry lake bed in the Nevada desert as a testing ground, which was designated on maps as Area 51. Test flights for the U2 aircraft were at a much higher altitude than commercial airliners or other military planes.
Area 51s lakebed made an ideal strip from which they could test aircraft, and the Emigrant Valley’s mountain ranges and the NTS perimeter, protected the test site from visitors.
In the 1950s, commercial planes flew at between 10,000 and 20,000 feet and warplanes such as B-47 reached altitudes of less than 40,000 feet. The U2 planes flew at above 60,000 feet, and reports of unidentified flying objects in the Nevada desert started to roll in, the report said.
“High altitude testing of the U2 soon led to an unexpected side effect – a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs),” the document said.
Sunlight Bouncing off U2’s Wings
The reports of UFOs often came from pilots from commercial airliners in the early evening hours, with the U2 plane’s silver wings reflecting the rays of the sun high in the sky.
The surveillance planes appeared to be “fiery objects” at an altitude believed to be out of reach for manned flight, it said. Anxious to avoid exposing the ultra-secret U2 program, US Air Force officers explained the sightings as merely due to natural phenomena.
U2 and other surveillance flights “accounted for more than one-half of all UFO reports during the late 1950s and most of the 1960s,” it said.
The 400-page report, titled Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead reconnaissance: The U2 and Oxcart Programs, 1954-1974, was released as a result of a Freedom of Information request by the National Security Archives at George Washington University.
Area 51’s location has been an open secret for years but government documents released previously had not acknowledged its existence and role in such a detailed way.
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