Area 51: The Government's Secret Hiding Place

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Area 51 first became popular in the 1950’s when it was created, and shortly after when many UFO sightings were reported there. Area 51 was created by the U.S. Government as a place to test top secret military weapons, especially military aircraft (“Groom Lake Air Force Base - Area 51”). It is located in a remote part of the desert in Nevada. None of the public is allowed inside of area 51 and no one knows what truly exists inside the gates, and what the government and the military are hiding in there. The government has dismissed most of these claims as testing aircraft and other weapons, but there are some that have never been solved and still remain a mystery today. People have often speculated what is inside and what exactly goes on inside the gates, but no one really knows, except the people who have worked there and are sworn to secrecy. Many believe that the UFOs seen near Area 51 and across the United States are U-2 spy planes that the military was testing there, however, there are some people who think the government is hiding a major secret there from the U.S. public, that there are aliens and extraterrestrial spacecraft being stored there. Many people who do not believe that anything other than military weapons testing is going on inside Area 51 think that all of the UFO sightings are really just military aircraft. They have proven that often the light patterns people report being on the bottom side of the UFO matches the light patterns of certain military aircraft. Jeffrey Richelson, who works at the National Security Archives, studied declassified documents that were released in August 2013 and came to the conclusion that during the 1950’s and 1960’s the military was heavily testing the U-2 spyplane, wh... ... middle of paper ... ...e period. Others, however, remains persistent that there are real UFO’s inside the gates of Area 51 and they are trying to prevent the public from finding out. No matter what opinion you have about the activities going on inside Area 51 it will most likely never be fully known. Works Cited "Area 51 and Its Purpose Declassified: No UFOs, but Lots of U-2 Spy Planes." NBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. "Bob Lazar, UFO Hoaxster." HowStuffWorks. HowStuffWorks.com, 08 Feb. 2008. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. “Groom Lake Air Force Base - Area 51." Groom Lake Air Force Base - Area 51. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. Heussner, Ki Mae. "UFOs? Aliens? Area 51 Revealed." ABC News. ABC News Network, 10 Apr. 2009. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. Strickland, Jonathan, and Patrick J. Kiger. "How Area 51 Works." HowStuffWorks. HowStuffWorks.com, 05 July 2007. Web. 07 Apr. 2014.

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