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AREA 51

Speculation or is there something hidden in this area?

By BethPublished 4 months ago 3 min read
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AREA 51
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Looking for an area known for for its ability to spark heated debates, stimulate the imaginations of conspiracy theorists, Hollywood and the world at large then welcome to Area 51. Located within the Nevada Test and Training Range, Area 51 is an Air Force Facility that is renowned for its top secret military operations. To date the base is still operational and that adds to the intrigue of trying to decode what exactly happens in this place. Surrounded by the barren desert, the area is somewhat what you would call a no go zone.

The secrecy surrounding it goes back decades ago and most stem from its cold war-era stealth aircraft testing leading to rumors of UFOs and aliens, wild government experiments and even a staged moon landing on the premises. I mean that will surely make anybody curious, way to go area 51!! For a facility that is meant to operate in secrecy they sure do a lot to make people interested not to mention the conspiracy theorists, it is a field day for them.

Curious civilians attempt to explore the area around the facility in search of clues or just to witness having seen the facility. The craze has become too much over the years that it is listed as one of the bizarre tourist destinations in the world, but unfortunately all that travel really is for nothing since they never allow them inside the premises. Remember, top secret, military base, yes it wouldn’t really be all that if it allowed every one access.

THE RISE TO FAME

We all know that for any facility person or trend to reach as many people and to pick their interest there is always that one trigger or let us call it the whistle blower who brings attention to a certain issue, yes sure many people had their reasons to suspect the activities in that military base. For years there was speculation about the installation, especially amid growing reports of Unidentified flying objects in the vicinity. UFOs became a major subject of interest following the development of rocketry after World War II and were thought by some researchers to be intelligent extraterrestrial life visiting Earth.

Amid the speculations, a whistle blower in 1980, came forward with a rather interesting revelation. The man alleging to have worked at the installation claimed that the government was examining recovered alien spacecraft. Remember when I mentioned the conspiracy theorists field day, this was their queue.

Get this, the U.S Government remained silent through the years but in 2013, they official acknowledged the existence of area 51. That year the National Security Archive at the George Washington University obtained through the Freedom of Information Act a formerly classified CIA document that chronicled the history of a spy plane (U-2). The document was released but there was a catch, the document was a heavily redacted version from the previously released version in 1998, convenient right? Well maybe or maybe not.

According to the report, in 1955 the remote site—which included an airfield not used by the military since World War II—was selected in order to test the U-2. Test flights of that spy plane, and subsequent aircraft, accounted for many of the UFO sightings in the area; the U-2 could reach altitudes much higher than any other planes at the time. After the U-2 was put into service in 1956, Area 51 was used to develop other aircraft, known as OXCART reconnaissance plane and the stealth fighter F-117 Nighthawk.

So here a question, from the report released by the government, do you think the Government in so many words tried to explain the sightings that were alleged to be UFOs or was it a cover up for a more sinister plot?

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About the Creator

Beth

They say pictures speak a thousand words but when interpreted in words, it leaves an impact. Writing for me is about expression, exploration and fun. Everything around us can be captured in words and can live on for many years to come.

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  • Test4 months ago

    Interesting article, thank you for sharing

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