What is Area 51?

First off, what even is Area 51? This is a highly classified United States Air Force (USAF) facility, with the official name of Homey Airport or Groom Lake. The name originated from the salt flats that are located near to the airport. The operations that go on within Area 51 are not yet publically known, but from what the USAF tells us, this is an open training range that supports the development of testing new types of aircraft and weapons. However, there are many conspiracy theories evolving around Area 51 as we are unsure what needs to be kept such a secrete…

on Monday, July 22, 2019, in Gold Point. (Photo by David Becker/For the Los Angeles Times)

Where is Area 51 Located?

The actual location of Area 51 is in the southern area of Nevada, around 83 miles northwest of Las Vagas, USA. Small towns surrounding the facility are Rachel and Hiko.

Why was Area 51 built in the first place?

Area 51 was built in the era of the Cold War (1947-1991) by the US as a testing and development facility, mainly for aircraft systems. However, although the official opening year was 1955, the existence of the base was only acknowledged by the CIA in August 2013, and then publically mentioned four months later by President Barack Obama.

What actually goes on at Area 51?

As previously mentioned, the actual purpose of the facility is not fully known to the public. However, from what we do know the area acts as a testing and training facility to develop cutting edge aircraft systems. It is believed that around 1500 people are stationed at Area 51 for work. The research at the facility began in the 1950s with the development of the U-2 spy plane, which has now progressed to the development of high-tech drone systems.

What are the conspiracy theories?

Due to the secrecy of Area 51, the people of the world have came up with several theories behind what actually happens there. The most common theory being that the area hosts an alien spacecraft and the bodies of the pilots following a crash seen at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. However, the US government states that there were no aliens, and this was in fact a weather balloon that had crashed.

Other theories claim that they have seen several UFO’s above or near to the site, but are these just the future of our aircrafts? The more extreme theories consist of people stating that they have actually been abducted by aliens, who have experimented on them, before returning them back to planet Earth.

The more believable theories come from people who have supposedly worked within Area 51. In 1989, a man by the name of Robert Lazar told the public that he has worked, and seen what goes on within Area 51. The claims that Robert made were that he had seen medical photographs of patients and that there were UFOs on the site being experimented on by the US government.

What would happen if someone tried to get into Area 51?

Going back to September 2019, there were talks of a mass invasion of Area 51 by millions of people throughout the world. This originated on a Facebook post called ‘ Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’. The plan was to meet up outside of the area, before storming the base. The US government responded by stating ‘Area 51 is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces’. It is highly likely that if anyone was to get onto the base, the facility would class this as a terrorist attack and activate the shoot on-site protocol. The area is highly guarded with armed forces.

On January 28th 2019, an unnamed man drove through a security point of Area 51 trying to get into the base. The man got himself into a car chase for around eight miles, until he decided to exit his car when he approached the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). At this point officers supposedly requested the man to stop, who unfortunately didn’t listen to their demands so was shot dead at the scene. It is a mystery as to what he saw…

What do you think?

Of all of the theories out there, what do you believe? Let us know in the comments section below!

Join the conversation

1 Comment

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *