United States Air Force facility commonly known as AREA 51 is a
highly classified remote detachment of
Edwards Air Force Base , within
The base's current primary purpose is publicly unknown; however,
based on historical evidence, it most likely supports the development
and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems (black
projects ). The intense secrecy surrounding the base has made it the
frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to
unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore. Although the base has
never been declared a secret base, all research and occurrences in
* 1 Geography
* 2 History
* 2.1 Groom Lake
World War II
* 3 Legal status
* 3.1 U.S. government\'s positions on
* 4 Civil Aviation identification * 5 Security
* 6 1974 Skylab photography
* 6.1 Other satellite imagery
* 7 UFO and other conspiracy theories * 8 In popular culture * 9 See also
* 10 References
* 10.1 General * 10.2 Specific
* 11 External links
* 11.1 General * 11.2 Maps and photographs
Map showing Area 51, NAFR , and the NTS
The original rectangular base of 6 by 10 miles (9.7 by 16.1 km) is
now part of the so-called "Groom box", a rectangular area measuring 23
by 25 miles (37 by 40 km), of restricted airspace. The area is
connected to the internal
Groom Lake is a salt flat in
The origin of the
Main article: Silver mining in
Lead and silver were discovered in the southern part of the Groom
Range in 1864, and the English _Groome Lead Mines Limited_ company
financed the Conception Mines in the 1870s, giving the district its
name (nearby mines included Maria, Willow and White Lake). The
interests in Groom were acquired by J. B. Osborne and partners and
patented in 1876, and his son acquired the interests in the 1890s.
Claims were incorporated as two 1916 companies with mining continuing
until 1918 and resuming after
World War II
WORLD WAR II
The airfield on the Groom Lake site began service in 1942 as Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field, and consisted of two unpaved 5000-foot runways aligned NE/SW, NW/SE 37°16′35″N 115°45′20″W / 37.27639°N 115.75556°W / 37.27639; -115.75556 .
Main article: Lockheed U-2 "The Ranch" with U-2 flight line
The Groom Lake test facility was established in April 1955 by the
Central Intelligence Agency
As part of the project, the director, Richard M. Bissell, Jr. , understood that, given the extreme secrecy enveloping the project, the flight test and pilot training programs could not be conducted at Edwards Air Force Base or Lockheed's Palmdale facility. A search for a suitable testing site for the U-2 was conducted under the same extreme security as the rest of the project.
He notified Lockheed, who sent an inspection team out to Groom Lake. According to Lockheed's U-2 designer Kelly Johnson :
We flew over it and within thirty seconds, you knew that was the place ... it was right by a dry lake . Man alive, we looked at that lake, and we all looked at each other. It was another Edwards, so we wheeled around, landed on that lake, taxied up to one end of it. It was a perfect natural landing field ... as smooth as a billiard table without anything being done to it". Johnson used a compass to lay out the direction of the first runway. The place was called "Groom Lake".
The lakebed made an ideal strip from which they could test aircraft,
and the Emigrant Valley's mountain ranges and the NTS perimeter, about
100 mi (160 km) north of Las Vegas, protected the test site from
Johnson named the area "Paradise Ranch" to encourage workers to move
to a place that the CIA's official history of the U-2 project would
later describe as "the new facility in the middle of nowhere"; the
name became shortened to "the Ranch". :57 On 4 May 1955, a survey
team arrived at Groom Lake and laid out a 5,000-foot (1,500 m),
north-south runway on the southwest corner of the lakebed and
designated a site for a base support facility. "The Ranch", also known
as Site II, initially consisted of little more than a few shelters,
workshops and trailer homes in which to house its small team. In a
little over three months, the base consisted of a single, paved
runway, three hangars, a control tower, and rudimentary accommodations
for test personnel. The base's few amenities included a movie theatre
and volleyball court. Additionally, there was a mess hall, several
water wells, and fuel storage tanks. By July 1955, CIA, Air Force, and
Lockheed personnel began arriving. The Ranch received its first U-2
delivery on 24 July 1955 from Burbank on a
C-124 Globemaster II cargo
plane, accompanied by Lockheed technicians on a
Douglas DC-3 .
Military Air Transport Service flights were set up between
For testing of a similar aircraft with 1st flight at the Palmdale, California , Lockheed facility in December 1964, followed by Edwards AFB flights (4200 SRW operations began at Beale AFB on 7 January 1966), see SR-71 Blackbird .
PROJECT OXCART established in August 1959 for "antiradar studies, aerodynamic structural tests, and engineering designs all later work on the" Lockheed A-12 included testing at Groom Lake, which before improvements for OXCART had inadequate facilities: buildings for only 150 people, a 5,000 ft (1,500 m) asphalt runway, and limited fuel, hangar, and shop space. Selected for its seclusion and climate, Groom Lake had received a new official name "Area 51" when A-12 test facility construction began in September 1960, including a new 8,500 ft (2,600 m) runway to replace the existing runway (completed by 15 November 1960 with "expansion joints parallel to the direction of aircraft roll" to limit vibration.)
Four years of "Project 51" construction began on 1 October 1960 by
Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Company (REECo) with double-shift
construction schedules. The contractor upgraded base facilities and
built a new 10,000 ft (3,000 m) runway (14/32) diagonally across the
southwest corner of the lakebed. An Archimedes curve approximately two
miles across was marked on the dry lake so that an A-12 pilot
approaching the end of the overrun could abort to the playa instead of
plunging the aircraft into the sagebrush .
By August 1961, construction of the essential facilities was completed (3 surplus Navy hangars were erected on the base's north side—hangars 4, 5, and 6.) A fourth, Hangar 7, was new construction. The original U-2 hangars were converted to maintenance and machine shops. Facilities in the main cantonment area included workshops and buildings for storage and administration, a commissary, control tower, fire station, and housing. The Navy also contributed more than 130 surplus Babbitt duplex housing units for long-term occupancy facilities. Older buildings were repaired, and additional facilities were constructed as necessary. A reservoir pond, surrounded by trees, served as a recreational area one mile north of the base. Other recreational facilities included a gymnasium, movie theatre, and a baseball diamond. A permanent aircraft fuel tank farm was constructed by early 1962 for the special JP-7 fuel required by the A-12. Seven tanks were constructed, with a total capacity of 1,320,000 gallons.
For the arrival of OXCART; security was enhanced and the small civilian mine in the Groom basin was closed. In January 1962, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expanded the restricted airspace in the vicinity of Groom Lake. The lakebed became the center of a 600-square-mile addition to restricted area R-4808N.
The first A-12 test aircraft was covertly trucked from Burbank on 26 February 1962, arrived at Groom Lake on 28 February, was assembled, and made its first flight 26 April 1962 when the base had over 1,000 personnel. Initially, all not connected with a test were herded into the mess hall before each takeoff. This was soon dropped as it disrupted activities and was impractical with the large number of flights. The closed airspace above Groom Lake was within the Nellis Air Force Range airspace, and pilots saw the A-12 20-30 times (at least one signed a secrecy agreement.).
Groom was also the site of the first
Lockheed D-21 drone test flight
on 22 December 1964 (not launched until 5 March 1966). By the end of
1963, nine A-12s were at Area 51, assigned to the
Although it was decided on 10 January 1967 to phase out the
Main article: Lockheed D-21 The D-21 mounted on the back of the M-21. Note the intake cover on the drone, which was used on early flights.
Following the loss of
Gary Powers ' U-2 over the Soviet Union, there
were several discussions about using the A-12 OXCART as an unpiloted
drone aircraft. Although Kelly Johnson had come to support the idea of
drone reconnaissance, he opposed the development of an A-12 drone,
contending that the aircraft was too large and complex for such a
conversion. However, the Air Force agreed to fund the study of a
high-speed, high-altitude drone aircraft in October 1962. The Air
Force interest seems to have moved the
The first D-21 was completed in the spring of 1964 by Lockheed. After four more months of checkouts and static tests, the aircraft was shipped to Groom Lake and reassembled. It was to be carried by a two-seat derivative of the A-12, designated the "M-21". When the D-21/M-21 reached the launch point, the first step would be to blow off the D-21's inlet and exhaust covers. With the D-21/M-21 at the correct speed and altitude, the LCO would start the ramjet and the other systems of the D-21. With the D-21's systems activated and running, and the launch aircraft at the correct point, the M-21 would begin a slight pushover, the LCO would push a final button, and the D-21 would come off the pylon".
Difficulties were addressed throughout 1964 and 1965 at Groom Lake with various technical issues. Captive flights showed unforeseen aerodynamic difficulties. By late January 1966, more than a year after the first captive flight, everything seemed ready. The first D-21 launch was made on 5 March 1966 with a successful flight, with the D-21 flying 120 miles with limited fuel. A second D-12 flight was successful in April 1966 with the drone flying 1,200 miles, reaching Mach 3.3 and 90,000 feet. An accident on 30 July 1966 with a fully fueled D-21, on a planned checkout flight suffered from a non-start of the drone after its separation, causing it to collide with the M-21 launch aircraft. The two crewmen ejected and landed in the ocean 150 miles offshore. One crew member was picked up by a helicopter, but the other, having survived the aircraft breakup and ejection, drowned when sea water entered his pressure suit. Kelly Johnson personally cancelled the entire program, having had serious doubts from the start of the feasibility. A number of D-21s had already been produced, and rather than scrapping the whole effort, Johnson again proposed to the Air Force that they be launched from a B-52H bomber.
By late summer of 1967, the modification work to both the D-21 (now designated D-21B) and the B-52Hs were complete. The test program could now resume. The test missions were flown out of Groom Lake, with the actual launches over the Pacific. The first D-21B to be flown was Article 501, the prototype. The first attempt was made on 28 September 1967, and ended in complete failure. As the B-52 was flying toward the launch point, the D-21B fell off the pylon. The B-52H gave a sharp lurch as the drone fell free. The booster fired and was "quite a sight from the ground". The failure was traced to a stripped nut on the forward right attachment point on the pylon. Several more tests were made, none of which met with success. However, the fact is that the resumptions of D-21 tests took place against a changing reconnaissance background. The A-12 had finally been allowed to deploy, and the SR-71 was soon to replace it. At the same time, new developments in reconnaissance satellite technology were nearing operation. Up to this point, the limited number of satellites available restricted coverage to the Soviet Union. A new generation of reconnaissance satellites could soon cover targets anywhere in the world. The satellites' resolution would be comparable to that of aircraft, but without the slightest political risk. Time was running out for the Tagboard.
Several more test flights, including two over
Davis-Monthan is an open base, with public tours of the storage area at the time, so the odd-looking drones were soon spotted and photos began appearing in magazines. Speculation about the D-21Bs circulated within aviation circles for years, and it was not until 1982 that details of the Tagboard program were released. However, it was not until 1993 that the B-52/D-21B program was made public. That same year, the surviving D-21Bs were released to museums.
FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION
Tonopah Test Range Airport HAVE FERRY, the second
of two MiG-17F "Fresco"s loaned to the United States by
During the Cold War , one of the missions carried out by the United States was the test and evaluation of captured Soviet fighter aircraft. Beginning in the late 1960s, and for several decades, Area 51 played host to an assortment of Soviet-built aircraft. Under the _HAVE DOUGHNUT_, _HAVE DRILL_ and _HAVE FERRY_ programs, the first MiGs flown in the United States were used to evaluate the aircraft in performance, technical, and operational capabilities, pitting the types against U.S. fighters.
This was not a new mission, as testing of foreign technology by the
The focus of Air Force Systems Command limited the use of the fighter as a tool with which to train the front line tactical fighter pilots. Air Force Systems Command recruited its pilots from the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base , California, who were usually graduates from various test pilot schools. Tactical Air Command selected its pilots primarily from the ranks of the Weapons School graduates.
In August 1966,
Iraqi Air Force fighter pilot Captain Munir Redfa
defected , flying his
Comparisons between the F-4 and the MiG-21 indicated that, on the surface, they were evenly matched. But air combat was not just about technology. In the final analysis, it was the skill of the man in the cockpit. The Have Doughnut tests showed this most strongly. When the Navy or Air Force pilots flew the MiG-21, the results were a draw; the F-4 would win some fights, the MiG-21 would win others. There were no clear advantages. The problem was not with the planes, but with the pilots flying them. The pilots would not fly either plane to its limits. One of the Navy pilots was Marland W. "Doc" Townsend, then commander of VF-121, the F-4 training squadron at NAS Miramar. He was an engineer and a Korean War veteran and had flown almost every navy aircraft. When he flew against the MiG-21, he would outmaneuver it every time. The Air Force pilots would not go vertical in the MiG-21. The Have Doughnut project officer was Tom Cassidy, a pilot with VX-4, the Navy's Air Development Squadron at Point Mugu. He had been watching as Townsend "waxed" the air force MiG-21 pilots. Cassidy climbed into the MiG-21 and went up against Townsend's F-4. This time the result was far different. Cassidy was willing to fight in the vertical, flying the plane to the point where it was buffeting, just above the stall. Cassidy was able to get on the F-4's tail. After the flight, they realized the MiG-21 turned better than the F-4 at lower speeds. The key was for the F-4 to keep its speed up. What had happened in the sky above Groom Lake was remarkable. An F-4 had defeated the MiG-21; the weakness of the Soviet plane had been found. Further test flights confirmed what was learned. It was also clear that the MiG-21 was a formidable enemy. United States pilots would have to fly much better than they had been to beat it. This would require a special school to teach advanced air combat techniques.
On 12 August 1968, two Syrian air force lieutenants, Walid Adham and
Radfan Rifai, took off in a pair of
MiG-17 Fs on a training mission.
They lost their way and, believing they were over Lebanon, landed at
the Beset Landing Field in northern Israel. (One version has it that
they were led astray by an Arabic-speaking Israeli). Prior to the end
of 1968 these MiG-17s were transferred from Israeli stocks and added
The data from the Have Doughnut and Have Drill tests were provided to the newly formed Top Gun school at NAS Miramar . By 1970, the Have Drill program was expanded; a few selected fleet F-4 crews were given the chance to fight the MiGs. The most important result of Project Have Drill is that no Navy pilot who flew in the project defeated the MiG-17 Fresco in the first engagement. The Have Drill dogfights were by invitation only. The other pilots based at Nellis Air Force Base were not to know about the U.S.-operated MiGs. To prevent any sightings, the airspace above the Groom Lake range was closed. On aeronautical maps, the exercise area was marked in red ink. The forbidden zone became known as "Red Square".
During the remainder of the Vietnam War, the Navy kill ratio climbed to 8.33 to 1. In contrast, the Air Force rate improved only slightly to 2.83 to 1. The reason for this difference was Top Gun. The Navy had revitalized its air combat training, while the Air Force had stayed stagnant. Most of the Navy MiG kills were by Top Gun graduates.
In May 1973, Project _Have Idea_ was formed which took over from the older Have Doughnut, Have Ferry and Have Drill projects and the project was transferred to the Tonopah Test Range Airport . At Tonopah testing of foreign technology aircraft continued and expanded throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
The Air Force began funding improvements to
HAVE BLUE/F-117 PROGRAM
In 1978, the Air Force awarded a full-scale development contract for
the F-117 to Lockheed Corporation's Advanced Development Projects. On
17 January 1981 the Lockheed test team at
Meanwhile, Tactical Air Command (TAC) decided to set up a group-level organization to guide the F-117A to an initial operating capability. That organization became the 4450th Tactical Group (Initially designated "A Unit"), which officially activated on 15 October 1979 at Nellis AFB , Nevada, although the group was physically located at Area 51. The 4450th TG also operated the A-7D Corsair II as a surrogate trainer for the F-117A, and these operations continued until 15 October 1982 under the guise of an avionics test mission.
Flying squadrons of the 4450th TG were the 4450th Tactical Squadron (Initially designated "I Unit") activated on 11 June 1981, and 4451st Tactical Squadron (Initially designated "P Unit") on 15 January 1983. The 4450th TS, stationed at Area 51, was the first F-117A squadron, while the 4451st TS was stationed at Nellis AFB and was equipped with A-7D Corsair IIs painted in a dark motif, tail coded "LV". Lockheed test pilots put the YF-117 through its early paces. A-7Ds was used for pilot training before any F-117A's had been delivered by Lockheed to Area 51, later the A-7D's were used for F-117A chase testing and other weapon tests at the Nellis Range.
15 October 1982 is important to the program because on that date
Major Alton C. Whitley, Jr. became the first
Although ideal for testing,
By early 1982, four more YF-117A airplanes were operating out of the
southern end of the base, known as the "Southend" or "Baja Groom
Lake". After finding a large scorpion in their offices, the testing
team (Designated "R Unit") adopted it as their mascot and dubbed
themselves the "Baja Scorpions". Testing of a series of ultra-secret
prototypes continued at
While the "Baja Scorpions" were working on the F-117, there was also another group at work in secrecy, known as "the Whalers" working on Tacit Blue. A fly-by-wire technology demonstration aircraft with curved surfaces and composite material, to evade radar, it was a prototype, and never went into production. Nevertheless, this strange-looking aircraft was responsible for many of the stealth technology advances that were used on several other aircraft designs, and had a direct influence on the B-2; with first flight of Tacit Blue being performed on February 5, 1982, by Northrop Grumman test pilot, Richard G. Thomas .
Production FSD airframes from Lockheed were shipped to
On 17 May 1982, the move of the 4450th TG from Groom Lake to Tonopah
was initiated, with the final components of the move completed in
early 1983. Production FSD airframes from Lockheed were shipped to
The R-Unit was inactivated on 30 May 1989. Upon inactivation, the
unit was reformed as Detachment 1,
57th Fighter Weapons Wing (FWW). In
1990 the last F-117A (_843_) was delivered from Lockheed. After
completion of acceptance flights at
F-22 during a Red Flag exercise with Groom Lake in the background (March 2013)
Since the F-117 became operational in 1983, operations at Groom Lake
have continued. The base and its associated runway system were
expanded, including expansion of housing and support facilities. In
1995, the federal government expanded the exclusionary area around the
base to include nearby mountains that had hitherto afforded the only
decent overlook of the base, prohibiting access to 3,972 acres (16.07
km2) of land formerly administered by the
Bureau of Land Management .
On October 22, 2015 a federal judge signed an order giving land that
belonged to a
U.S. GOVERNMENT\'S POSITIONS ON AREA 51
The amount of information the United States government has been
willing to provide regarding
The USGS topographic map for the area only shows the long-disused
Groom Mine. A civil aviation chart published by the
When documents that mention the
On 25 June 2013,
In 1994, five unnamed civilian contractors and the widows of
contractors Walter Kasza and Robert Frost sued the
State Secrets Privilege , the government petitioned trial
judge U.S. District Judge Philip Pro (of the United States District
Court for the District of
The President continues to annually issue a determination continuing the Groom exception. This, and similarly tacit wording used in other government communications, is the only formal recognition the U.S. Government has ever given that Groom Lake is more than simply another part of the Nellis complex.
An unclassified memo on the safe handling of F-117 Nighthawk material was posted on an Air Force web site in 2005. This discussed the same materials for which the complainants had requested information (information the government had claimed was classified). The memo was removed shortly after journalists became aware of it.
CIVIL AVIATION IDENTIFICATION
In December 2007, airline pilots noticed that the base had appeared
in their aircraft navigation systems' latest
revision with the
Signage around the base perimeter advises that deadly force is authorized against trespassers.
1974 SKYLAB PHOTOGRAPHY
Groom Lake (upper left) and Papoose Lake (lower right). Photo by Doc Searls , 2010.
In January 2006, space historian
Dwayne A. Day published an article
in online aerospace magazine _
The Space Review _ titled "Astronauts
and Area 51: the Skylab Incident". The article was based on a memo
written in 1974 to
There were specific instructions not to do this. was the only location which had such an instruction.
Although the name of the location was obscured, the context led Day to believe that the subject was Groom Lake. As Day noted:
n other words, the
The memo details debate between federal agencies regarding whether
the images should be classified, with Department of Defense agencies
arguing that it should, and
Remarks on the memo, handwritten apparently by DCI (Director of Central Intelligence ) Colby himself, read:
did raise it—said State Dept. people felt strongly. But he inclined leave decision to me (DCI)—I confessed some question over need to protect since:
* USSR has it from own sats
* What really does it reveal?
* If exposed, don't we just say classified
The declassified documents do not disclose the outcome of discussions regarding the Skylab imagery. The behind-the-scenes debate proved moot as the photograph appeared in the Federal Government\'s Archive of Satellite Imagery along with the remaining Skylab 4 photographs, with no record of anyone noticing until Day identified it in 2007.
OTHER SATELLITE IMAGERY
Other satellite imagery is also available, including images that show what appears to be F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft stationed on the base.
UFO AND OTHER CONSPIRACY THEORIES
Its secretive nature and undoubted connection to classified aircraft
research, together with reports of unusual phenomena, have led Area 51
to become a focus of modern UFO and conspiracy theories . Some of the
activities mentioned in such theories at
* The storage, examination, and reverse engineering of crashed alien spacecraft (including material supposedly recovered at Roswell ), the study of their occupants (living and dead), and the manufacture of aircraft based on alien technology. * Meetings or joint undertakings with extraterrestrials. * The development of exotic energy weapons for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) or other weapons programs. * The development of means of weather control . * The development of time travel and teleportation technology. * The development of unusual and exotic propulsion systems related to the Aurora Program . * Activities related to a supposed shadowy one world government or the Majestic 12 organization.
Many of the hypotheses concern underground facilities at Groom or at Papoose Lake (also known as "S-4 location"), 8.5 miles (13.7 km) south, and include claims of a transcontinental underground railroad system, a disappearing airstrip (nicknamed the "Cheshire Airstrip", after Lewis Carroll 's Cheshire cat ) which briefly appears when water is sprayed onto its camouflaged asphalt, and engineering based on alien technology. Publicly available satellite imagery, however, reveals clearly visible landing strips at Groom Dry Lake, but not at Papoose Lake.
In the mid-1950s, civilian aircraft flew under 20,000 feet while
military aircraft flew under 40,000 feet. Once the U-2 began flying at
above 60,000 feet, an unexpected side effect was an increasing number
of UFO sighting reports. Sightings occurred most often during early
evenings hours, when airline pilots flying west saw the U-2's silver
wings reflect the setting sun, giving the aircraft a "fiery"
appearance. Many sighting reports came to the Air Force's Project Blue
Book , which investigated UFO sightings, through air-traffic
controllers and letters to the government. The project checked U-2 and
later OXCART flight records to eliminate the majority of UFO reports
it received during the late 1950s and 1960s, although it could not
reveal to the letter writers the truth behind what they saw. :72–73
Similarly, veterans of experimental projects such as OXCART and NERVA
The shape of OXCART was unprecedented, with its wide, disk-like
fuselage designed to carry vast quantities of fuel. Commercial pilots
They believe that the rumors helped maintain secrecy over Area 51's actual operations. While the veterans deny the existence of a vast underground railroad system, many of Area 51's operations did (and presumably still do) occur underground.
Several people have claimed knowledge of events supporting Area 51 conspiracy theories. These have included Bob Lazar , who claimed in 1989 that he had worked at Area 51's "Sector Four (S-4)", said to be located underground inside the Papoose Range near Papoose Lake . Lazar has stated he was contracted to work with alien spacecraft that the U.S. government had in its possession.
Similarly, the 1996 documentary _Dreamland_ directed by Bruce Burgess
included an interview with a 71-year-old mechanical engineer who
claimed to be a former employee at
In 2004, Dan Burisch (pseudonym of Dan Crain) claimed to have worked
on cloning alien viruses at Area 51, also alongside the alien named
"J-Rod". Burisch's scholarly credentials are the subject of much
debate, as he was apparently working as a
IN POPULAR CULTURE
Novels, films, television programs, and other fictional portrayals of
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* United States Air Force portal * North America portal
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* Darlington, David (1998). _Area 51: The Dreamland Chronicles _.
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* Patton, Phil (1998). _Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World
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