Stealth Fighters, Not UFOs—What Really Goes On in Area 51

Sebastien Roblin U.S. Military, United States Area 51’s location – Groom Lake – was perfect as an experimental aircraft testing site: it was far from prying eyes and “smooth as a billiard table.” Here’s What You Need To Remember: The Groom Lake facility at this time acquired the designation “Area 51” as it expanded and developed specialized facilities for the striking supersonic jets: larger additional hangars, a longer 10,000 foot runway, safer backup landing areas, over 130 housing units for personnel, and enlarged fuel stores for the exotic high-temperature JP-7 fuel used in the A-12. Area 51, the highly secretive U.S. Air Force test facility in the deserts of southern Nevada, is enjoying a resurgence of popular interest thanks to an internet meme—as if being featured in X-File episodes, arcade shoot’em up games and films weren’t enough. Despite the countless dubious conspiracy theories attributed to the site also known as “Dreamland” or “Groom Lake,” there’s no doubt that for over six decades the base hosted all sorts of “black project” aircraft whose existence was not formally disclosed by the Pentagon.  Though the CIA only obliquely admitted to the site’s existence in 2013, we actually know a fair bit about how Area 51 came to be—and even how…

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Stealth Fighters, Not UFOs—What Really Goes On in Area 51

Updated: July 24, 2021 — 10:26 am