Russian Spy satellite of Area 51
(Editor note: Reports of UFO's and Bigfoots continue to this day. One of the most mysterious places is the very well know Area 51. lt's located about 90 miles from Las Vegas, NV. Rumors even circulated that the Bigfoot Rick Dyer shot and killed was housed at Area 51. Employees of Area 51 are flown in and out of McCarren airport in Las Vegas . Others who do not care to fly taken there by bus.)
The National Security Archive at George Washington University got their hands on the report, eight years after filing a Freedom of Information Act request. The document gives previously classified information on the development of the U-2, a spy plane that was revolutionary in 1955, when a CIA agent signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to begin producing the aircraft.
Experts had learned through previously disclosed reports that Groom Lake, Nev., which later became known as Area 51, was home base for the experimental flight program. But the less-redacted "Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and Oxcart Programs" report provides new information on the enigmatic site, including a map showing its location.
|Government map of Area 51|
The outlines of Area 51 are shown on current unclassified maps as a small rectangular area adjoining the northeast corner of the much larger Nevada Test Site. To make the new facility in the middle of nowhere sound more attractive to his workers, [Lockheed engineer] Kelly Johnson called it the Paradise Ranch, which was soon shortened to the Ranch.Sections of the report still remain redacted, and so far there's no mention of UFOs or alien spacecraft.
Still, the decision to lift the first shroud of secrecy from over the facility is being applauded as an important step toward gaining a fuller picture of what goes on in that mysterious patch of desert.
“It marks an end of official secrecy about the facts of Area 51,” Jeffrey Richelson, a senior fellow with the National Security Archive, told the Las Vegas Sun. “It opens up the possibility that future accounts of this and other aerial projects will be less redacted, more fully explained in terms of their presence in Area 51.”