|Area 51 Image From Google Earth|
After years of denial, the CIA has fessed up--Area 51 is real. It's not however, the place where the federal government is hiding wrecks of UFOs, imprisoning illegal aliens from another planet, faking the moon landing, or even for storing the Klingon war bird used to go into the past and put fake birth announcements into the Hawaiian newspapers to prove Obama is a natural born citizen.
As usual the simplest answer is the best one. Area 51 was a place for developing, testing and storing US spy planes.
It turns out that Area 51 was started as a testing site for the government's U-2 spy plane. The report, more than 400 pages, is titled "Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and Oxcart Programs, 1954-1974."Because the U-2 planes flew at such a high altitude for the planes at the time (an altitude of 60,000 feet) when people who lived nearby saw the unfamiliar planes, they became suspicious and believed Earth was being visited by aliens. Obviously that couldn't be true because if the US was visited by
The U-2 spy planes were commonly used by the United States during the Cold War in reconnaissance missions around the globe.
Officials and former employees have previously acknowledged in passing the existence of the facility and how it was used for testing U-2 planes, but this is the first time the U.S. government has openly referred to Area 51 and given specifics on its operations. The report also features a map of the area.
"High-altitude testing of the U-2 soon led to an unexpected side effect -- a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs)," the report states.AH-HA-- but what were the other half of UFO reports? The government must be hiding those spaceships somewhere (perhaps the same place where they are hiding the results of the Philadelphia Project)
Air Force investigators then attempted to explain such sightings by linking them to natural phenomena, the report says.
"U-2 and later OXCART flights accounted for more than one-half of all UFO reports during the late 1950s and most of the 1960s," according to the documents.
|Map of Area 51 released by the CIA|
The OXCART flights were like a commuter railroad:
"As the deliveries of U-2 airframes to the testing site increased, a major logistic problem arose: how to transfer Lockheed employees from Burbank to Area 51 without arousing a great deal of curiosity," according to the documents.The Government is telling us that this is the entire story:
"The project staff decided that the simplest approach would be to fly the essential personnel to the site on Monday morning and return them to Burbank on Friday evening."
It marks an end to official secrecy about the facts of Area 51," Jeffrey Richelson, a senior fellow with the National Security Archive, told the Las Vegas Sun. "It opens up the possibility that future accounts of this and other aerial projects will be less redacted, more fully explained in terms of their presence in Area 51."But is it really the end, The report only covers the first 20 years of Area 51's existence, It makes no reference to the status of Area 51 after 1974, and this report has lots of information redacted. The only way we will know for sure is if someone sits outside the sites gates and looks for a truck carrying little green men food. I don't have the time to do it but if anybody else does--please let me know what you find.