In southern Nevada there is a government facility that until yesterday authorities refused to acknowledge its existence. Area 51 DOES exist.
From 1954 to 1974 it was used as a testing area for the U-2 spy plane. But local residents and others have long believed buildings in the area house evidence of extra-terrestrials, experimentation in time travel, and even alien autopsies.
George Washington University’s National Security Archive obtained and released CIA documents Thursday which acknowledge the existence of the facility and its use in the U-2 program.
The report makes no reference to the suspicions of the public about the use of the area after 1974. And the report offers no other information after the end of the U-2 flights.
The U-2 could fly at an altitude of 60,000 feet, virtually undetectable, and photograph such concerns as missile silo locations, and other nuclear facilities during the cold war. Authorities believe that the high-flying aircraft accounted for many ‘UFO’ sightings.
“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.
Air Force representatives added to the references from the report.
“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.
The top secret facility offered many security problems. Personnel from Lockheed who worked at Area 51 were flown to the site on Monday mornings, and returned on Fridays to the Burbank facility.
Officials also acknowledged three fatal crashes since the official opening of the facility in 1955.
The government referred to Area 51 as ‘Paradise Ranch’ to encourage personnel to work there.
Because the site remains, conspiracy theorists will not be convinced that the facility has not been used for other purposes since 1974.
At least the general public’s suspicions have been confirmed; that Area 51 DOES exist.