When you hear Area 51 what do you think of? Maybe UFOs come to mind, movies, books, extraterrestrials, and all kinds of conspiracy theories. Some people doubt Area 51 even exists. Alas, the CIA has finally admitted in recently released spy plane documents that Area 51 does in fact exist. So what is Area 51?
According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the real names of Area 51 are Nevada Test, Training Range, and Groom Lake. In the past, the base was used as a place of development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. It is located in Nevada, 83 miles north-northwest of Las Vegas. The current purpose of Area 51 is “officially undetermined.”
The spy plane documents revealed that Area 51 was originally a testing site for the governments U-2 spy planes. These planes were used by the US during the cold war. But because they were spy planes, people had not seen them before and mistook them for UFOs. According to the report Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and Oxcart Programs, 1954-1974, the U-2 spy planes and OXCART flights made up for more than one-half of all UFO reports taken during the 1950s and 60s.
Area 51 continues to remain top secret, leaving many to continue believing the government is hiding way more than just spy planes. What do you think is in Area 51? And why is its current purpose “officially undetermined”? The more secretive they are, the more curious we are. Let us know if what your thoughts are in the comments below.