I was conversing with my dad the other day about Area 51 and the number of conspiracy theories that surround its existence. I have seen movies speculating the containment and research of aliens at the facility, and have read many perspectives suggesting the same idea. I thought I would do some research to see if I could come across any in-depth information regarding these theories.
Area 51 is a United States Air Force facility and is a highly classified remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base within the parameters of the Nevada Test and Training Range. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has reported that the proper names for the facility are Homey Airport and Groom Lake, and that the name Area 51 developed due to its use in a CIA document from the Vietnam War. Other nicknames for Area 5q include Dreamland and Paradise Ranch, and the special use airspace surrounding the region is known as Restricted Area 4808 North.
The main reason so much curiosity surrounds Area 51 and its existence is because the base’s primary purpose is not known by the public. Historical evidence suggests the facility develops and tests experimental aircraft and weapon systems, however, many persons believe it is home to the testing and experimentation of extraterrestrial beings. All research that occurs within Area 51 are Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information, and the base was not formally acknowledged by the CIA until 2005.
Area 51 is situated in the southern region of Nevada, 83 miles Northwest from Las Vegas. The area surrounding the base is known as the Extraterrestrial Highway and is a popular tourist destination, but there are signs posted around the parameters of Area 51 stating deadly force will be used against any trespassers.
My family and I have traveled to Las Vegas twice, and during our second visit, my dad and I went dune-buggying through the Nevada desert. We were extremely close to Area 51, and my dad actually recalls seeing the gate that surrounds the base. I personally am unsure of what exactly occurs within the base, but I think I am quite content not knowing. As they say, curiosity killed the cat.