Area 51 in the United States is probably the most famous military installation in the world. Yet, the American government didn’t officially acknowledge its existence until three years ago. A sprawling complex in the Mojave Desert in Nevada, Area 51 is ripe with speculation, much of it tied to the presumed existence of UFOs and extra-terrestrial beings.
It’s also one of the most well-guarded locations in the world. Use of deadly force is presumably authorised within its confines; rows of barbed wire and advanced perimeter alarm systems dot its premises, and not to mention armed patrols hold trespassers at gunpoint, even if they’re unarmed. But what could the U.S. government be hiding in there that requires such extreme security measures?
Area 51 (or rather, its involved parties) first made headlines back on July 8, 1947. Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) public information officer Walter Haut detailed the recovery of a ‘flying disc’ in a press release. Said disc purportedly crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. Shortly thereafter, the military decided to change the story, claiming that the flying disc was actually a weather balloon.
But aside from the apparent increase in UFO sightings in 1952 (which the CIA acknowledged), there’s no further official data on such stories. According to National Geographic, 90 percent of alleged UFO sightings can be easily debunked. The 10 percent, however, are from ‘credible’ reports. Unless specific information becomes declassified, the public will not know the truth.
Super-Advanced Aviation Technology?
Area 51 may just be a base intended for the top-secret aviation research and development. National Security Archive senior fellow Jeffrey Richelson says that alien hunters will be ‘sorely disappointed.’ Richelson himself thinks that declassification of Area 51 files will reveal further information about top-secret aircraft projects, like the F-117 and the SR-71 Blackbird fighter jets, as well as the super fast -12 OXCART.
The A-12 OXCART is said to be super fast that it requires special fuel. This fuel is able to withstand extremely high temperatures, all without igniting. Experts claim that this fuel wouldn’t ignite even if a lit match was thrown into a tank of it. 2200 miles per hour is the purported top speed of the OXCART, and it’s made of more than 90 percent titanium.
Aliens or super-advanced aircraft technology? Nobody knows. But perhaps Area 51’s veil of mystery is what keeps it going until today.