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Area 51 Logo (11k) 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 8/96]

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  • April 25 (Friday): Interceptors' tour of Nevada Test Site. Sorry, tour is now full.
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Some representative articles....
New York Times Magazine, 6/24/94
New York Times, 3/9/96
Wall Street Journal, 2/8/96
Sixty Minutes, 3/17/96
ABC News, 4/19/94
Der Spiegel, 4/95
Skeptical Inquirer, 9/96
Weekly World News, 5/27/94
MUFON UFO Journal, 2/94

Related Areas
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Rachel, NV
Lincoln County Justice
Nellis AFB
Nevada Test Site
AF Flight Test Center
Basecamp Airfield
Tonopah Test Range
Los Alamos

Selected Documents

Groom Lake Security Manual
History of Rachel, Nevada (70k)
Groom Lake Timeline*
Nellis Radio Frequencies
Clinton's Order Exempting Base From Environmental Laws
Claims of Bob Lazar
Claims of "Jarod 2"
E.T. Highway
External Links
Citizen Oversight
Privately Sponsored Sites

Blue Fire Military Page
Center for Land Use Interpr'n
Intercepts Military Monitoring
Fed. of American Scientists
IUFOG UFO Hyperlinks
MJ-12 Papers
McGuiness Military Secrecy
Project on Gov't Oversight
Freedom Ridge Oversight Group

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Possible Contractors
Official Home Pages

Lockheed-Martin | Our Page
Bechtel | Our Page
Johnson Controls
Northrop Grumman
McDonnell Douglas
Hughes TRW
General Electric

Possible Related Government Agencies
Official Home Pages

Nellis Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base
Nevada Test Site | DOE
Sandia Labs
Los Alamos

Reader Comments

You have asked, and I will tell what I know. In 1992, project "Tacit Blue" was created, following the publicity of the "XT" (F-117A). This was primarily used for a cover up to take heat away from the REAL Skunkwork's black jet. The 5th in the black-jet series is "Aroura", soon to be "RF-19", simaler to the SR71. Aroura is super-sonic, and has orbit cap- abilities, meaning it can reach out of Earths atmosphere... Now about Los Alamos, I have heard some stories concerning nitrogen frozen bodies of "Little Greys". (No thumb print this time).

"Guardian" ( ) 1/30/97 (#16)

re: "Area-51" trip 7/19-21/96. Had a great time, wouldn't have taken the trip without the Area-51 Visitor's Guide. it was worth every penny. Climbed Tickaboo, great scenery, must camp next time. One odd occurance on the 21st between 0630 and 0700 - camped at LN31.7 (A-51 VG) and was awaened by "radio chatter" served in U.S.M.C. & know what this sounds like searched area around camp for 50+- yds. and found nothing. Played with camo-dudes twice on 2oth, got within 10yds., on foot, on Groom Lk. Rd. Unsure as to what this "radio chatter" was, 1 person with me; any ideas?

Jim Hiers ( ) 1/26/97 (#15)

What government agency are you working for. It seems to me that the soul purpose of your web site is to discredit the existence of highly advanced alien technology beening used or onced used at the site. I researched the sight years before it became publicly known. I have proof of highly advanced technology being used these....

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RDemelo ( ) 1/25/97 (#14)

Great site by the way. Could someone give me some inputs as of tomorrow events? According to some credible skywatchers, they've been picking up multiple radio signals from outerspace for the past week, and according to them tomorrow the 23 jan 1997, we should be expecting something special from them. Is it baloney or fact? According to the same source, there should be a light show as well as" beaucoup movment" The source comes from Deb's clearing house, the skywatch latest news article. Thanks!

Steve Mc Lean ( ) 1/22/97 (#13)

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Cover Image Area 51 Viewer's Guide - Ver. 4.01 contains milepost logs, maps and lots of practical information for visitors in search of secret aircraft or UFOs on Nevada Highway 375, just across the mountains from the Top Secret Groom Lake base in Central Nevada. Reviews the stories associated with both the UFO and military lore of the area. Contains an extensive annotated bibliography for Bob Lazar, UFOs and Secret Aircraft: all known print, audio and video references through Sept. 93 are included with many quotes. [gc 7/95] - #vg {1book} $15.00

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Cover Image Groom Lake Map Set contains the most detailed maps of Area 51 available to the public. Can be purchased as individual maps or a complete set of three. Each map is 19" x 25" with the Groom Lake base in the middle. Each portrays the area at a different scale: 1"=400' for base buildings and streets (#map1), 2"=1 mile for roads and runways (#map2), and 1:100,000 for adjoining areas (#map3). The maps are in "pseudo blueline" style and are printed on high-quality 70 pound map stock. The broadest view (#map3) shows the base in relation to the Nevada Test Site. The most detailed map (#map1) includes a building list for the main base (date unknown) keyed to the building numbers shown on the map. Prepared for the Area 51 Research Center by aviation historian Peter Merlin based on satellite imagery and other sources. [gc 11/9/96] - #mapset {poster} $8.00-$20.00 (Individual maps are $8. Set of 3, #mapset, is $20.)

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Cover Image Groom Lake T-Shirt (black) is a black, all-cotton T-Shirt with the same image as the Groom Lake patch, a 9 inch circle printed on the front. 5-color process. Sizes S-M-L-XL-XXL-XXXL. Please specify when ordering. [gc] 7/95] - #t51--- {1book} $15.00 (Last digits of item code are the size. Price $17.00 for xxl, $19.00 for xxxl.)

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