Area 51 officially acknowledged

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    Area 51 officially acknowledged, mapped in newly released documents

    By Laura Koran, CNN

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    This map was released due to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Jeffrey Richelson in 2005.

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    Would anyone share the gist ?
     
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    It was first used by the CIA for testing U2 spy plane.
    It was later taken over by the USAF, for testing various flying objects including the first ever drone and other type of stealth planes such as F-111.
    They simply blackened the "Area 51" part in all official documents
     
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    Finally they have acknowledged Area 51. I remember watching a documentary in which workers at Area 51, after being exposed to toxic chemicals could not sue the CIA because the govt. did not acknowledge the existence of Area 51.
    But, the area became famous coz it allegedly stored aliens and alien technology (from the Roswell incident etc.) :)
     
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    If the secrets of area 51 is made public, it would break hearts of a lot of conspiracy theorists who believe that the site contains everything from dead aliens, crashed UFOs, to intergalactic worm holes.
     
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    Its a typo right? F-117 Nighthawk was Stealth, F-111 Aardvark was not.
     
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    Yeah! Thanks for the correction
     
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    Area 51 does exist and there were strange goings on admit CIA


    However, in a set of documents released to a researcher studying the history of the U-2 spy plane program, the secret base is officially revealed.

    A line drawn map contained within the reports show the location of Area 51 and Groom Lake, the salt flat the base is built upon, in relation to the Mojave Desert.

    They also provide details on how the site was first established as part of a wider Atomic Energy Commission test site.

    However, the documents make no mention of UFOs nor the secret weapons that many believe are being developed there.

    Jeffrey Richelson, a senior fellow at the George Washington University’s National Security Archive who obtained the records, said the new documents seemed to suggest the CIA were becoming less secretive about Area 51’s existence.

    The documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Request made in 2005. An earlier 2002 request resulted in documents that were heavily redacted.



    In a blog posted on the research organisation’s website, Mr Richelson said: “What the CIA released in response to a 2005 Freedom of Information Act request is a substantially less redacted version of a history of two key aerial reconnaissance programs.

    “The latest release is notable for the significant amount of newly declassified material with respect to the U-2 — with regard to names of pilots, codenames and cryptonyms, locations, funding and cover arrangements, electronic countermeasures equipment, organisation, cooperation with foreign governments, and operations, particularly in Asia.”

    The mentions of Area 51 were contained in documents detailing the history of the U-2 and Oxcart spy plane programs were written in 1992 by Gregory Pedlow and Donald Welzenbach, who were historians at the CIA.

    A heavily redacted version of the seven chapter history was published in 1998 with a more detailed version released under the Freedom of Information Act in 2002.

    The latest version to be released shows that Area 51 is mentioned on at least 12 pages, including a map.

    One of the first mentions describe how two senior project staff on the U-2 project had been flying over Nevada when they spotted an old airstrip near Groom Lake.

    It describes how the facility had been used during World War Two as an aerial gunnery for the Army Air Corp pilots.

    President Dwight Eisenhower later approved “this strip of wasteland, known by its map designation as Area 51, to the Atomic Energy Commissions Nevada test site and training range.

    It then became central in the development of the U-2 spy plane.

    It also states that to make the facility more attractive to workers there, it was named Paradise Ranch, or sometimes the Ranch.

    A poor quality photograph of “The Ranch” is also included.

    The documents also mention how a Military Air Transport Service flight crashed in 1955 at Area 51 killing 14 people.

    A U-2 spy plane (EPA)

    They also provide detailed history about tests and missions of the U-2 plane from Area 51, along with information about the aircrafts use in other parts of the world.

    The documents reveal that British pilots were used to fly missions in the U-2 in an attempt to confuse the Soviets, but that tests on the aircraft and its successor, known as Oxcart, also seemed to be responsible for many sightings of UFOs.

    The document said: "High-altitude testing of the U-2 soon led to an unexpected side-effect - a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects.

    "U-2 and later Oxcart flights accounted for more than one-half of all UFO reports during the late 1950s and most of the 1960s."

    Radar tests of what would later become the SR71 Blackbird were also carried out with a mock up of the plane placed on top of tall pylons.

    Area 51 was later upgraded to assist testing of this aircraft under the Oxcart program.

    To transport the aircraft to the site in 1962, a specially designed 35ft wide, 100ft long trailer costing $100,000 was used.

    Road signs had to be removed, road banks were levelled and trees trimmed to help transport the plane safely – possibly providing an explanation for some of the phenomena attributed to UFOs in the area.

    There are some amusing mentions of life at the secret US base. During testing of Oxcart in 1963, Area 51 personnel had to “sweep and vacuum the runway” before the aircraft took off to prevent damage to the engine.

    There are, however, some mentions of Area 51 that remain blanked out and this will doubtless provide more than enough fuel to conspiracy theorists.

    According to some conspiracy theorists, Area 51 has served as a research site for a range of exotic weapons and technologies.

    Most famously, it is said to be the US government’s centre for research on aliens and UFOs.

    A crashed alien spacecraft, along with other alien material supposedly recovered from Roswell, New Mexico, is widely rumoured to be stored there.

    Eye-witnesses have regularly reported seeing UFOs that twist and turn in the skies over the base.

    The site has made many appearances in films about aliens, including Independence Day.

    A notorious group of government agents known as the Men in Black are also said to be stationed there to help keep UFO sightings secret.


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