What Exactly is Area 51?

Why was it constructed?

During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union established Area 51 as a testing and development site for aircrafts, notably the U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird surveillance planes. However, even though it first opened in 1955, the CIA only formally recognized its existence in August 2013. In fact, President Obama became the first US president to publicly reference the base, four months after the CIA’s disclosure.

What’s going on these days?

Despite the lack of public information, people believe that the US military continues to employ Area 51 to build and test cutting-edge aircraft technology. Around 1,500 people work on the base, with many travelling via charter planes from Las Vegas.

Why are there conspiracy theories surrounding Area 51?

Area 51 has fueled conspiracy theorists for decades, well before the time the US government formally acknowledged it. Moreover, it is one of the most enigmatic and secretive bases, which contributes to the public curiosity about the region. The crazy theories did not begin till 1989 when a guy called Bob Lazar claimed that he had worked at the air force base to reverse engineer a wrecked alien spaceship.



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