Area 51 is a small area deep within the Nevada desert, some 95 miles from Las Vegas which also houses the Nellis Air Force Bombing and Gunnery Range and is repeatedly referred to as 'Dreamland' within aviation circles. The Nellis Ranges are Area 51, the Tonopah Test Range, Nevada Test Site along with the bombing and gunnery ranges which cover an area approximately 5,200 square miles. It is alleged that Area 51 is the study ground for modern highly classified and top secret hypersonic stealth aircraft, a project referred to as "Aurora". Area 51 is not the actual name for the complex, it was merely a term documented within maps from the 50s and 60s (Francis Gary Powers and the other U-2 pilots were also trained here during this period) to recognise the redundant land close to Groom Lake. This official term of "Area 51" continued to be used until just before 1990, when the name was altered to the "Air Force Flight Test Centre".
The secrecy and tight security that enshrines Area 51 is what makes so many people, particularly conspiracy theorists, speculate closely what the site is used for. The bureaucratic government reply to enquiries around Area 51 used to simply imply that the base does not exist. The base has expanded considerably over the years but it is better known as the testing area for other "Black Projects" such as the F-117 Stealth Fighter, A-12 Blackbird, and the B2 Stealth Bomber.
If you should wish to visit Area 51 you will be met with a warning sign that reminds you “photography is prohibited” in large letters....
Questionably, one of the most famous men associated with Area 51 is physicist Bob Lazar. Robert Scott Lazar was born in Coral Gables, Florida, in 1959 and is a name numerous people associate with Area 51. This is due to the fact that claims to have been employed at a complex recognised as "S-4" deep within the now dry Papoose lake bed. Bob Lazar is the most infamous whistle blower following his claims in the early 1980's that he was employed by the US government to understand how extraterrestrial UFO space craft operated. He effectively was claiming that his employment was to directly reverse engineer "recovered" space crafts.
Lazar claims during the early days of his career he worked as a physicist on a highly classified government project, named Galileo. He also claimed to have received a 2 page briefing document in which it was claimed that Alien life forms indeed exist and been integrated within human evolution and that their spacecraft are being housed at S4, 15 miles away from Area 51, deep within Papoose Lake. Bob portrayed the complex as having being built into the bottom of the Papoose Range with nine aircraft style hangar doors angled at 60 degrees. Lazar further described the space craft that he performed on as being powered through an anti-matter reactor and as yet unknown energy source named "Element 115".
Bob Lazar evidence to support his employment and subsequent whistle blowing claims came by way of a payslip which contains the intriguing designation E-6722MAJ and an internal telephone listing of the Meson Laboratories 1982, which included Bob Lazars name. It was also identified that his taxation documents incorporated the contract number he was provided while working at Area 51. Certainly some convincing evidence to support his employment at the top secret base. However, people started to become somewhat sceptical of his claims when it emerged that his educational background did not stand up to scrutiny. No substantiated evidence could be found that he had attended the California Institute of Technology or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as he had previously stated. Following his subsequent conviction after setting up a computerised security system in a location which turned out to house an illegal brothel, he became a discredited figure.
Certainly Bob Lazar and Area 51 go together well in terms of conspiracy theories however, given the information to support his employment at the US base some parts of his claims indeed stack up. If what Bob says is true then Area 51 (or the Air Force Flight Test Center as it is now known) is sure to be housing some significant artifacts and astounding technology, lets hope that President Obama can include these case files in his revolutionary freedom of information act release of classified information. We may at last be able to ascertain the validity of the hundreds of discredited stories not only of Bob Lazar, but others whom have dared to come forward in the belief that the knowledge and existence of alien technology and/or life should not be concealed for the privileged only, but should be for the consumption of all that wish to know.
Article by James Hewson
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