Secrets of the Desert: Area 51

Aliens. A concept that has fascinated the world for decades. There are groups dedicated to UFO sightings, and of course people who try to communicate with extra-terrestrials. Is Area 51 a real life ‘Men in Black’ situation?

History of Area 51

A quick google search will tell you Area 51 was built in 1955. It is located in Lincoln County, Nevada and serves as a highly classified Air Force base. It sits within the Nevada Test and Training Range. The Roswell Daily Record (of Roswell, NM) reported a flying saucer in Roswell on July 8, 1947. This began the conspiracies regarding aliens and Area 51. The association between Roswell and Area 51 is not chronological. Area 51, selected for the U-2 spy-plane program by CIA officer Richard Bissell, became synonymous with secrecy and covert military operations. The lack of transparency surrounding Area 51 fueled speculations and conspiracy theories. This was exacerbated by the U.S. government’s initial refusal to acknowledge its existence.

Image from Little A’Le’Inn in Nevada. Area 51 has created a booming tourism industry.

Roswell and Project Mogul

Contrary to popular belief, the Roswell incident may not be a case of extraterrestrial visitation. According to the Smithsonian, the “flying saucer” was likely linked to Project Mogul. This was a classified military project aimed at detecting nuclear-test blasts using high-altitude balloons. The crash in Roswell, it seems, was not an alien spacecraft but rather a result of Project Mogul’s activities.

Declassification and Public Skepticism

Despite declassified documents in 2013 confirming the existence of Area 51, public skepticism endures. A YouGov poll in 2019 revealed that 54% of American adults believe the government likely knows more about UFOs than it discloses. The heavy military security surrounding Area 51 has only intensified the intrigue. This has prompted questions about what lies behind the fences and barriers.

Storm Area 51: A Joke that Highlighted Public Curiosity

In June 2019, a tongue-in-cheek Facebook event titled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” went viral, attracting widespread attention. While the event was meant as a joke, it underscored the public’s insatiable curiosity about what might be hidden within the confines of Area 51. The U.S. Air Force responded, emphasizing that Area 51 is a military testing and training area, devoid of evidence of extraterrestrial life.

Conclusions

The tales of Roswell and Area 51 have become ingrained in American folklore, perpetuating a sense of mystery and intrigue. While Project Mogul and declassified documents have provided some clarity, the allure of these stories persists. The public’s fascination with UFOs and government secrets is a testament to the enduring power of the unknown.

What are your thoughts on Area 51? Could there be an alien testing center beyond the barbed wire in the desert? Or is it a ‘Men in Black’ situation? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


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