Widely regarded as the research center for aliens and UFOs in popular culture and conspiracy theories, Area 51 is a mystery. Despite the theories, there’s little published evidence to prove Area 51 has extraterrestrial ties. What we know to be true (declassified documents have proven it) is Area 51’s role as a development and testing zone for some of America’s most famous spy planes including the U-2, A-12 OXCART, and F-117. Come find out more and delve into Area 51’s secrets with these 25 Demystifying Facts About Area 51 The Government Probably Doesn’t Want You To Know.
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How Area 51 got its name
Area 51’s name came from its map designation when it was added as the fifty-first area of the Atomic Energy Commission’s Nevada Proving Ground (where they tested atomic bombs).
Spilling the beans on Area 51's existence
The U.S. government first acknowledged Area 51’s existence in documents released to George Washington University’s National Security Archive in response to their public records request in 2005. Documents released in 2002 removed all mention of the name Area 51.
Need to know basis
Even the U.S. President is on a “need to know basis” and doesn’t know everything that happens on the site.
President Barack Obama is the first U.S. President to have commented on Area 51 – he made joking comments about the base during an award ceremony on December 8, 2013.
Secretly acquired Soviet fighter jets
Area 51 boasted a number of secretly-acquired Soviet MiG fighter jets from which engineers designed planes to counteract the fighters’ strengths. The codename for the first project was HAVE DOUGHNUT.