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What do you think is in Area 51?

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There's lots of speculation on the matter, but what do you think?
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Perhaps unbelievable to most people, not much goes on at the so-called "Area 51 United States Air Force site." Groom Lake is located in that vicinity. Also nearby is the Tonopah site, home of the "stealth" aircraft. It appears to most observers that the aircraft facilities and operations in and around "Area 51" are administered by the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base.

The U-2, SR-71, and F-117A aircraft were actually developed in Burbank, CA, at the Lockheed Martin "skunk works." In 1989, the skunk works moved to Palmdale CA, and the F-22 and F-35 are well known projects from that facility.

Most of the highly classified prototypes of such aircraft make their test operations at Area 51, Groom Lake or Tonapah.

A lot of real estate around "Area 51" is part of the Nellis Bombing Range Test Site which is obviously used for military ordnance development to include bombs, rockets, missiles, and other projectiles.

There are several names in different types of documents that describe the Nellis Military Operations Area (severely restricted air space), the Nevada Test and Training Range--formerly the Nellis Air Force Range--and the Air Force Flight Test Center, Detachment 3.

Because of the secrecy, security, and remote location of the various sites in the South of Nevada, they are very popular parts of the storylines for fabulous, fantastic, fictional, phony fabricated stories about "stuff" that probably goes on there. Actually, it's mostly very routine testing of highly classifed military systems that must be completed before the weaponry goes operational and becomes publicly identified.

It's noteworthy that so little interest is ever paid to stories about the actual skunk works where real "stuff" really took place. Furthermore, most of the fiction writers could not even locate the facilities where Boeing, Hughes, McDonnell-Douglas, General Dynamics, Chance-Vought, North American, Grumman, and so forth and so on invented or devised and then developed scores of other incredible machines of war. It's funny, actually.

For some weird reason, "Area 51" gets all the fantabulous, romantic story telling even though the really important "stuff" happened somewhere else, years earlier.

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If I were interested in preforming top secret research that I wanted neither other countries, nor my own people to know about, I may start doing it in a secret facility, such as "Area 51". But if it were to become the source of such intrigue and the focus of everyone's fascination, I would alter my plans a little. Rather than relying on fortifying the location to an nearly impenetrable extreme, I would make better use of the public's concentration at the area as a resource, I didn't need to produce myself, but was given to me, and use such a location for keeping the public and foreign interest distracted by what would ultimately amount to a be a show, only where the actors all have real guns! Then I would conduct my secret operations and testing in facilities that seemed less secure from the outward appearance. This would be the smartest approach (IMHO) but I am not making any type of absurd accusation that the leaders that make these decisions actually are intelligent!

In reality, I had a friend that worked there for a few months, just doing some average mundane secret missile design work right after 9/11. He or she of course never told me anything about the work in any specific manner, but the facility that they worked at had some rather tight security, for the level of work that they were actually preforming! Some little things, like bringing a portable mini CD player into the work area each day, required fully disassembling the unit in the building's atrium-like area, and examining it, before allowing it to be brought inside. But other, more elaborate systems were present as well. Like being buzzed through the doorway into a hallway to find the research lab number that they were preassigned to, which triggered blue flashing strobe lights and some type of alarm noise. and at the same time, each door closed in succession from close-by to the end of the hallway, automatically leaving only the correct door open or visible to them as they walked to the room that they would be working in for the day!

I know it may not be quite as grandiose as an alien, or it's spacecraft, but IT IS an accurate description of something that is/was in Area 51 for those that feel compelled to learn anything they can about he subject.

Thanks for the question

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A secret base like this provides for a lot of entertaining speculation. It also even angers some people who think it's wrong for the government to keep a secret base. Others meanwhile are determined to find "the truth" behind Area 51. The truth however, is simply that the government must have a secret place to test new technologies and weapons. Area 51 is no doubt where such aircraft as the U-2, the SR 71, and the Stealth 117 were all tested, all of which, had people seen them before they were ever heard of, might have looked like something from another world. Still, the fun and frustration of not actually knowing what's going on there, and having no access to the place, is irresistable for a lot of people. I actually have a friend whom I'm convinced worked at Afrea 51. He was in the Air Force and stationed in Las Vegas but couldn't tell anyone, not even his wife, what he did. All he could reveal is that he flew to work every day (it's been conformed that several private, unmarked 737's, fly from Las Vegas to Area 51 every day). Since retiring from the Air Force he still can't reveal what he did, at least not for 70 years (that's when his secrecy contract expires) but of course he and I will both be long gone by then. As tempting as it's been to try to press him for answers I've always respected his obligation to secrecy and feel the same about Area 51. The secrets developed there must be kept secret for the security and defense of our nation.

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There is a lot of speculation about Area 51, more than likely due to its 'Top Secret' status.

An examination of the site on Google Earth reveals several explosion craters in the general vicinity, some large buildings, several hangars, and a series of runways. From this we can surmise that Area 51 was once a Nuclear testing ground, given the amount of craters and its location in the Nevaden Desert. We can also postulate from various sightings of strange craft flying in the area that the site is used for experimental aircraft testing.

As much as I would like to believe that Area 51 houses extra terrestrial entities, Einstein's theory of special relativity (specifically regarding the Space-Time fabric of the universe) would suggest that occupants of any craft flying through space at near light-speed would lose a large amount of time compared to their home planet. A simple example would be if you travelled to our nearest star (Proxima Centauri) at light-speed, it would take you 4.3 years to get there. Meanwhile, several thousand years have passed on Earth. A hard concept to understand, but this relationship between velocity and time has been proven.

In short, Area 51 is a highly classified military installation, but unfortunately houses no aliens.

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It is highly possible that almost anything otherworldly imaginable exists somewhere in Area 51. Consider the following: If skunk works and other similar facilities openly exist in areas that possess a fraction of the land surrounding Area 51 with security nowhere near the level of Area 51, what could they possibly be storing there that would be deemed that much more security-sensitive than the most top-secret military projects in Palmdale? Also, why did the government officially deny the very existence of Area 51 until 2003? Many years ago, people who grew up near Area 51 (before the government bought up more surrounding land to further insulate it) tell several stories about seeing "aircraft" that they've never seen since making completely silent maneuvers that they've never seen a conventional aircraft make. In addition to top-secret military aircraft, there is obviously much more there. It's just a matter of what you want to believe.

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I have heard a lot of things on it from late night radio etc. They were saying they saw aliens. There is the guy that said the metal thing was from another world and they lied. He also said he was threatened. I was beginning to believe it but now I don't know. Nothing much has happened there now and they insist it was all fabrication. People do lie.

Now the thing is that I have heard that if you try to go near there you will get in a lot of trouble. I wonder why that would be. That is considering the security in some other places. It is fun to think of it. But it just does not play out from what I know about it. It may be something but I have no evidence. I wonder about it. But if something was in it I would think it would be from elsewhere. I don't believe the testing secret things idea. The army and the US do a lot of strange things. Also I really don't know that they could keep a secret like that with the aliens.

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There have been so many books and television shows done on this subject, with so many people speculating on what is at Area 51. Conspiracy theorists say they must be hiding something or they wouldn't be so secretive about it. I agree that they are hiding something in Area 51, but that is where my agreement with the conspiracy theorists ends.

It is my belief that Area 51 is used for the development of military planes and technology. Those things naturally need to be kept secret or they would fall into the wrong hands. Then national security would be at risk.

What better location to develop aviation technology then the desert? It is isolated, making it easier to keep people from snooping around. It also leaves fewer people in the region to report seeing planes that they are testing.

I do not believe there are any alien spacecraft or aliens at Area 51.

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If you look at some of the UFO's over area 51's existence, specifically 1954-1956, you could come to conclude it is where the Stealth Bomber was created, probably many years before the taxpayer was made to pay for them, or even knew they existed. It is most likely a testing grounds for aircraft.
Another Idea I have is that it is also a chemical depot where chemical/molecular drugs are created and tested. After the fall of Hitler, I think many nations built secret meth labs. This could be where America gets its COP DOPE in crystal form. I do recall a handful of people (former employees) trying to sue the place in Clintons days,for exposure to chemicals. The secrecy of the National Defense was the trump card which kept this out of court if I do recall..

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People complain a lot about the wrong kind of secrecy. If "We The People" know our top secrets then so do our enemies. I don't get this obsession with publishing our top secret weapons system developments in the Washington Post!

Every specific answer given here will be worthless 'opinionation'. So merely extrapolate - the SR-71 Blackbird was flying mach 3+ in the 1960s. Technology advances exponentially - so just think what they have now! If we know about Aurora, it's old hat!

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I think it is an airbase with technology they want to keep secret. They are probably making and testing new jets. It could also be a big distraction. Putting an air base in a place like that draws a lot of attention. They could be testing new technology out in the open. For example they could fly a new type of jet at a regular military airbase and with all the air traffic people probably would not notice.

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My favourite conspiracy theory is that it contains the "set" for the fake moon landings.

I think the reality is probably more boring. Maybe weapons development I suppose.

I tried looking at it on Google Earth, but I couldn't really make out any aliens!

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I think that the latest in war planes are kept there. Spy planes and the like must be there, too. Whatever the newest technology of the armed forces must be there.

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Probably nothing more interesting than advanced aircraft technology. I doubt whether there are remnants of crashed UFOs!

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1). Hitler's brain
2). Jimmy Hoffa's corpse
3). Elvis

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The most secret information and research the government has.

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