By: Dave Odegard
Talk to most any conspiracy theorist and/or fan of The X-Files about secret government locations and the name “Area 51” pops up. Also known as Groom Lake, Homey Airport, Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, and many others, it’s located roughly 80 miles to the north of Las Vegas — in the middle of the Nevada desert.
For years, the area, which is fenced off and patrolled by military security has been known for strange lights in the nearby night sky and many claim that the government uses the facility to test new plane technology, some even going so far as to suggest the possibility of UFOs and extraterrestrial technology. But the government has always denied that such a place existed.
Well, we don’t know about the aliens, but this week the United States Government finally came clean and acknowledged that Area 51 was real and a test site for cutting-edge airplane technology, at least in the 1950s.
In recently declassified documents released to the National Security Archive of George Washington University, the founding years of the Area 51 were revealed. It’s purpose? To develop and test new spy plane technology for the Cold War. It’s first major success? The U-2 Spy Plane.
But the revelations end there. So what other fantastical aeronautical technological advancements made at the site (and if they had origins from outer space) remain secret….for now.
Why do you think the US Government finally admitted that there really was an Area 51? Was it to set the record straight after all these years when the actual work that was done there no longer needed to be kept secret in the interest of national security? Or is it all just to cover up that ET is chillin' at Area 51?
Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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