25 Far Out Area 51 Facts

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After all these years, even with various documents released by the CIA, Area 51 still remains a mysterious place. Of course, since the 1950’s, it has been notorious for conspiracy theorists believing it’s a government extraterrestrial testing facility. Many have claimed to see UFOs flying over the site. The U.S. government has tried to refute and debunk these claims, but the theories are still popular among the public. Whether or not you believe in aliens, Area 51 is undoubtedly a bizarre place, shrouded in secrecy. Curious to find out more about it? Here are 25 Far Out Area 51 Facts.

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The name "Area 51" was trivial military jargon back in the 1950's. It has since been renamed to Nevada National Security Site.

area 51Source: https://www.livescience.com/60916-strange-facts-about-area-51.html
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In 2013, the CIA first publicly acknowledged Area 51 existed thanks to the Freedom of Information Act.

area 51 restrictedSource: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/area-51-is-out-there-cia-finally-acknowledges-the-existence-of-secret-ufo-airbase-8770918.html
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In its early days, it was nicknamed DREAMLAND, based on and named after the Edgar Allan Poe poem.

edgar allan poeSource: http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/space/area-51-facts.aspx
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According to National Geographic, most of the UFO sightings at Area 51 could easily be debunked, while a small few are considered incredible sightings from credible sources.

ufoSource: http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/space/area-51-facts.aspx
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In the beginning, entertainment at Area 51 was very limited. It had a tennis court, bowling alley, and you could listen to the radio in the evenings.

tennis ballSource: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/explorer/articles/area-51-declassified-facts/

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It was also called Paradise Ranch to lure government employees to work there.

paradise ranchSource: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/area-51-is-out-there-cia-finally-acknowledges-the-existence-of-secret-ufo-airbase-8770918.html
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Of course, Area 51 wasn't ever an extraterrestrial test site but used as a government test site for nuclear weapons.

nuclear explosionSource: https://gizmodo.com/why-is-it-called-area-51-1679175108
18

The Roswell Incident was a U.S. government cover up but not in the way you think. The government admitted they lied about it being a weather balloon. Instead, it was a top secret balloon called Project Mogul to detect atom bomb testing in the Soviet Union.

roswellSource: http://www.theweek.co.uk/us/59331/roswell-ufo-crash-what-really-happened-67-years-ago
17

Area 51 is on the map, but getting there is impossible. It's heavily guarded by military personnel.

area 51 back gateSource: http://thechive.com/2015/04/20/19-of-the-most-heavily-guarded-places-on-earth-19-photos/
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In 1952, after multiple UFO sightings, the CIA created the "Robertson Panel," a group of nonmilitary scientists, to investigate and debunk the claims.

aliensSource: https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/97unclass/ufo.html
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All the UFO sightings in the 1950's were actually super secret and manned U-2 planes.

u-2Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/science/area-51-its-purpose-declassified-no-ufos-lots-u-2-6C10931555
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After the testing of the U-2 was completed, more secret airplanes were tested, including the F-117A and TACIT BLUE.

tacit blueSource: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/air-force-museum-spy-plane/index.html
13

Two civilian contractors died at Area 51 after being exposed to toxic chemicals. The wives of the contractors sued but lost the case. Apparently, Area 51 is exempt from environmental exposure laws.

toxicSource: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/area-51-secrets-under-the-sun/2013/08/16/d9fea198-06b1-11e3-9259-e2aafe5a5f84_story.html
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Naturally, workers at Area 51 had to eat. At the dining hall, they would eat oysters, lobsters, and could regularly get steak.

lobsterSource: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/area-51-vets-break-silence-sorry-but-no-space-aliens-or-ufos/
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They tested out the A-12 OXCART spy plane that traveled up to 2,200 mph. It was the predecessor to the SR-71.

a12 spyplaneSource: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/55-years-ago-today-at-area-51-an-oxcart-flew_us_59060feee4b05279d4edbd07
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To reveal what the government was doing in the 1960's and 70's, 60 declassified documents showed the activity at Area 51, which primarily focused on spying on the Soviet Union.

spyingSource: http://www.history.co.uk/shows/ancient-aliens/articles/what-is-area-51
9

In 1955, Richard Bissell, Col. Osmund Ritland, Kelly Johnson, and Tony LeVier flew over Area 51 and almost landed on an old Area 51 airstrip but decided to land on the lake bed. If they had landed on the old airstrip, they determined they would have assuredly died because of the loose soil.

plane crashSource: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/08/16/212582182/did-you-know-area-51-nearly-killed-4-important-visitors
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President Eisenhower approved the strip of land that would become Area 51.

eisenhowerSource: https://www.nbcnews.com/science/area-51-its-purpose-declassified-no-ufos-lots-u-2-6C10931555
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Before the site was used to test Air Force planes, it was used as an aerial gunnery range in World War II.

gunner rangeSource: https://www.nbcnews.com/science/area-51-its-purpose-declassified-no-ufos-lots-u-2-6C10931555
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Today, Area 51 goes by many names, including Nevada Test and Training Range and Homey Airport. It's primarily used for training and testing new aircrafts for the Air Force.

homey airportSource: https://www.wired.com/2008/01/area-51-customs/
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Area 51 is where drones were first tested.

drones
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Area 51 has secret tunnels that connect it to other secret sites.

tunnels
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Barack Obama was the first U.S. President to admit Area 51 existed.

barack obama
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The Sheahan family, owning land near Area 51, was offered $333,300 by the federal government, but they refused. So, the government just took the land anyway through eminent domain.

area 51 landSource: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/12/13/family-fights-government-in-land-dispute-near-area-51.html
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The BBC tried to break into the Area 51 facility and record video but were held up at gunpoint.

bbcSource: https://io9.gizmodo.com/5952254/bbc-film-crew-breaks-into-area-51-gets-held-at-gunpoint
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