For all the myths and legends, what's true is that Area 51 is real and still very active. There may not be aliens or a moon landing movie set inside those fences, but something is going on and only a select few are privy to what's happening further down that closely-monitored wind-swept Nevada road. The beginning of Area 51 is directly related to the development of the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft.
After World War II, the Soviet Union lowered the Iron Curtain around themselves and the rest of the Eastern bloc, creating a near intelligence blackout to the rest of the world. When the Soviets backed North Korea's invasion of South Korea in June , it became increasingly clear that the Kremlin would aggressively expand its influence. America worried about the USSR's technology, intentions, and ability to launch a surprise attack—only a decade removed from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
In the early s, U. Navy and Air Force sent low-flying aircraft on reconnaissance missions over the USSR, but they were at constant risk of being shot down. In November , President Eisenhower approved the secret development of a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft called the U-2 program. One of the first orders of business was to track down a remote, covert location for training and testing. Known by its map designation as Area 51, this middle-of-nowhere site became a new top-secret military base.
To convince workers to come, Kelly Johnson , one of the leading engineers of the U-2 project, gave it a more enticing name: Paradise Ranch. U-2 testing began in July , and immediately reports came flooding in about unidentified flying object sightings.
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If you read the details in a CIA report that was declassified with redactions in and subsequently released nearly in full in , it's easy to see why. Many of these sightings were observed by commercial airline pilots who had never seen an aircraft fly at such high altitudes as the U Whereas today's airliners can soar as high as 45, feet , in the mids airlines flew at altitudes between 10, and 20, feet. Known military aircraft could get to 40, feet, and some believed manned flight couldn't go any higher than that.
The U-2, flying at altitudes in excess of 60, feet, would've looked completely alien. Naturally, Air Force officials knew the majority of these unexplained sightings were U-2 tests, but they were not allowed to reveal these details to the public. So, "natural phenomena" or "high-altitude weather research" became go-to explanations for UFO sightings, including in when Gary Powers' U-2 was shot down over Russia. What's also interesting about the most recent report is that it confirms Area 51's existence.
While the version does have significant redactions when referencing the name and location of the U-2 test site, the nearly un-redacted version from reveals much more, including multiple references to Area 51, Groom Lake, and even a map of the area. U-2 operations halted in the late s, but other top secret military aircrafts continued tests at Area You got folks claiming it's extraterrestrial when it's really good old American know-how. And it's still going on today The flights are ongoing. In September , an Air Force Lt.
There were several metal pieces found in the area that the military confiscated for analysis and never returned. He has investigated UFOs since , for over fifty years, in the quest for scientific proof of their existence.
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He began giving lectures in He gave lectures about UFOs to over seven hundred colleges and professional organizations in all 50 US states and, also, abroad. Although the CIA intentionally destroyed most of the records in , there are indications that the experiments continued into the s. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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