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Area 51

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Area 51 Logo (11k) Area 51, also known as Groom Lake, is a secret military facility about 90 miles north of Las Vegas. The number refers to a 6-by-10-mile block of land, at the center of which is a large air base the government will not discuss. The site was selected in the mid-1950s for testing of the U-2 spyplane, due to its remoteness, proximity to existing facilities and presence of a dry lake bed for landings. Groom Lake is America's traditional testing ground for "black budget" aircraft before they are publicly acknowledged. The facility and surrounding areas are also associated -- with varying levels of credibility -- with UFO and conspiracy stories. In 1989, Bob Lazar claimed on a Las Vegas television station that he had worked with alien spacecraft at Papoose Lake, south of Area 51. Since then, "Area 51" has become a popular symbol for the alleged U.S. Government UFO cover-up. [GC 8/96]

The page below is an entry point into the largest public database of information on the base and surrounding areas, assembled by the Area 51 Research Center. Much about Area 51 remains a mystery, but here's what we do know.

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Some representative articles....
New York Times Magazine, 6/24/94
New York Times, 3/9/96
Wall Street Journal, 2/8/96
Sixty Minutes, 3/17/96
ABC News, 4/19/94
Der Spiegel, 4/95
Skeptical Inquirer, 9/96
Weekly World News, 5/27/94
MUFON UFO Journal, 2/94

Related Areas
on this server

Rachel, NV
Lincoln County Justice
Nellis AFB
Nevada Test Site
AF Flight Test Center
Basecamp Airfield
Tonopah Test Range
Los Alamos

Selected Documents

Groom Lake Security Manual
History of Rachel, Nevada (70k)
Groom Lake Timeline*
Nellis Radio Frequencies
Clinton's Order Exempting Base From Environmental Laws
Groom Lake Building List
External Links
Citizen Oversight
Privately Sponsored Sites

Blue Fire Military Page
Center for Land Use Interpr'n
Intercepts Military Monitoring
Fed. of American Scientists
IUFOG UFO Hyperlinks
McGuiness Military Secrecy
Project on Gov't Oversight
Freedom Ridge Oversight Group

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Nellis Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base
Nevada Test Site | DOE
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Los Alamos

Original Text Copyrighted © 1994-99 Glenn Campbell
PO Box 30303, Las Vegas, NV 89173

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Created: 6/20/95 gc
Last Modified: Sep 22, 2011