I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

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This patch of Nevada desert goes by many names: Groom Lake, Dreamland, Paradise Ranch and one or two other monikers. However, those in the conspiracy arena have always preferred “Area 51” and the mystique associated and more often than not cultivated by the CIA has turned it into a legend.

Now the detached part of Edwards Air Force Base is making news after a lengthy dry spell, but not for the wild stories told by alleged former associates such as Bob Lazar. This time it looks like the CIA is finally breaking down and acknowledging it’s existence via recently declassified documents. The 400 page report admits nothing about aliens or reverse engineering of crashed flying saucers or even Col. Sanders chicken recipe. No, the focus is much less sensational and if you can read between the blotched out real info, you’ll soon realize, it’s nothing more than a report on the U2 Spy Plane program. Of course it’s interesting to learn about the U2, but lets be logical, nobody is going to open that report specifically for that purpose.

Why don’t I provide the report here? Dude, pay attention, I just said it’s 400 pages. However, I can provide you with an outline from our friends at Yahoo:

Area 51 Revealed in CIA Spy Plane Documents

Area 51 in Nevada has long been the subject of wild conspiracy theories about extraterrestrials, time travel and alien autopsies, but newly released declassified documents from the CIA finally acknowledge its existence.

The report does not detail the sensational stories that have played out in pop culture for decades, but states 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.”

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.

It makes no reference to the status of Area 51 after 1974.

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The U-2 planes flew at an altitude of 60,000 feet, which was higher than any other plane at the time, according to the documents. When people who lived nearby saw the unfamiliar planes, they became suspicious and believed Earth was being visited by aliens.

“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 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.

Security at the facility and its secretive nature have been a constant in the years since Area 51 officially opened for business in 1955.

“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 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.”

The information also documents three fatal crashes that took place during 1956 with U-2 planes.

To make Area 51, a facility “in the middle of nowhere,” sound more attractive to workers, it was referred to as “Paradise Ranch,” or simply “the Ranch.”

George Washington University’s National Security Archive obtained a CIA history of the U-2 spy plane program through a Freedom of Information request and released it Thursday.

National Security Archive senior fellow Jeffrey Richelson reviewed the history in 2002, but all mentions of Area 51 had been redacted, according to The Associated Press.

Richelson says he requested the history again in 2005 and received a version a few weeks ago with mentions of Area 51 restored.

So, there it is! Everything is out in th…OK, I can’t even say that with a straight face. The truth is, like most reports of this nature, there is tons of blacked out data, or as I like to call it, “the stuff we really want to read”.

Does this make our Government more transparent? Are they preparing us for some really juicy gossip? I’d have to go with a NO on that one.

The bottom line? This big announcement is more a non-story than anything else. However, I’m sure conspiracy nuts all over the world will go over those 400 pages with a fine toothed…uhh, tooth and revel us in all sorts of speculation as they misinterpret various passages and draw wild assumptions.

What do you think? Is this the tip of the alien admission iceberg? Will Laura Prepon leave that Netfix women behind bars saga? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck? These are truly the questions that are so vexing.

I tell you what, I’ll read the entire report and get back to ya’ll. And by “read the entire report”, I mean drink some beer and watch Arrested Development. In the “getting back to ya’ll” part, I’ll likely be telling you complete nonsense littered with lies.

A big shout out to Yahoo for providing some stuff which helps me to slack off more.

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  • BW

    Also hosted captured Soviet aircraft that were under evaluation to determine their performance characteristics. Understandably, that was classified information at the time. Look up terms like “have doughnut” to read more.

    All the same, I’d guess some government operations have used the public’s interest in Area 51 specifically and the UFO phenomena in general to spread a fair amount of manure in the name of national security. I’d have to do some digging, but I vaguely recall reading about government interest in belief systems (such as belief in UFOs being extraterrestrial spacecraft) and how to manipulate such belief systems.


  • Chris Copsey

    Let’s also remember that starting under Clinton with Executive Order 95-45, the President exempts “operating facilities in the vicinity of Groom Lake, Nevada” from environmental regulations, so it’s not the first time the gov’t has acknowledged it. Just seems like this is the first time the government has come out and used the name “Area 51”. Still pretty good though. I’ll look forward to taking the guided tour next 😉

  • Dung Shooken

    Yep, case closed. This is definitely the truth, nothing more to see here, move along folks. Yeah, right.

  • Steve M.

    You almost lost me, until you got to the secrets of Colonel Sanders Chicken Recipe. Then you had me. I need to know more! I NEED TO KNOW MORE!

  • Scott_McMan

    Steve, I just appreciate when people take the time to read the lines of little symbols between the videos and pictures. Believe it or not, that’s the hardest part.

  • Scott_McMan

    Actually, they have mentioned “Area 51” in print before. I supposed the official in official isn’t official until the gov says it’s official.

  • This will open up a whole world of grief for the government, as former employees have tried to sue over exposure to improperly disposed of toxic substances and been denied because Area 51 supposedly did not exist.

    Some people have theorized that all the “sensitive” equipment has been relocated to Green River in Utah after the base was denied permission to purchase Freedom Ridge. Opinions vary on whether that move happened.

  • BW

    “the government closed two closer vantage points to Area 51—Freedom Ridge and White Sides—to public access in 1995” — from Wikipedia.

    So I’m confused a bit. The base wanted to purchase Freedom Ridge to establish firmer control over viewing points, or ?


  • They wanted to purchase it in the 90’s to prevent people from having a view of the base, yes. The report of moving to Green River was in Popular Mechanics around that time. I don’t recall the exact dates. There are others who say the Green River base is inactive and everything is still at Groom Lake too. So long as it is all conspiracy and conjecture, we will probably never really know.

  • Semper_5

    Sounds familiar. 😉

  • IThinkso

    T-shirt marketing agents caught on camera…still.