Area 51

Military Facility, Social Phenomenon and State of Mind
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

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

[1][2] .Area 51 is a nickname for a military base located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States (83 miles north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas). on the southern shore of Groom Lake. The base's primary purpose is to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. Situated at its center. is a large secretive military airfield.

the Groom facility appears to be run as an adjunct of the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert.[3][4] . around 186 miles (300 km) from Groom.The base lies within the United States Air Force's vast Nevada Test and Training Range. and as such the base is known as Air Force Flight Test Center (Detachment 3). Although the facilities at the range are managed by the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base.

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