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    Default Area 51 - Dreamland Resort

    Found this webpage and was enthralled with the REAL reason for Area 51 rather than all the UFO stuff that's bandied about. It's got tons of really good photos and information on projects that have come through there and even etiquette on visiting the area. Good site.

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    Pics on that site of a hangar under construction in '07, repordedly housing the new SR-72 drone recon plane.

    Fox running a "Deadliest Drones" story tonight.


    "We've come a long way." But according to the Pentagon, the future promises even deadlier versions of these drones.

    The Future of UAVs

    The Phantom Ray, by Boeing, is a good example. This prototype jet-powered flying wing has morphed into a test bed for advanced UAV technologies, including electronic warfare tools like radar jamming, autonomous aerial refueling, air-missile defense and surveillance. Engineers expect it to fly as high as 7.5 miles straight up. And with an anticipated cruising speed of up to 610 mph, the Phantom Ray will be one of the fastest UAVs on record.
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    An SR-72 in the works?
    Ten years after the Air Force retired the SR-71 spy plane, Lockheed Martin’s legendary Skunk Works appears to be back at work developing a new Mach-6 reconnaissance plane, sources said.

    The Air Force has awarded Lockheed’s Advanced Development Projects arm a top-secret contract to develop a stealthy 4,000-mph plane capable of flying to altitudes of about 100,000 feet, with transcontinental range. The plan is to debut the craft around 2020.
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    The Future of Robot Drones
    Drones are aircraft, but the technology that powers them has been advancing more like a rocket. Here's a look at tomorrow's drones, which are key to a modern military.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stilleddiesangel View Post
    Found this webpage and was enthralled with the REAL reason for Area 51 rather than all the UFO stuff that's bandied about. It's got tons of really good photos and information on projects that have come through there and even etiquette on visiting the area. Good site.

    http://www.dreamlandresort.com/
    I can't tell if this site is supposed to be for real or not - that aerial picture of the "triangle building" just looks wrong - shadows and all that. The hanger one is harder to tell - of course, I'm comparing it to whatever vintage the aerial shots are that one gets on Google...

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    I read this site years ago and it was pretty cool, but from what I understand the government really doesn't do much work out of Area 51 anymore. They have some new, more secret facility outside of Salt Lake City, UT.
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    A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission.

    The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: the U-2 and Oxcart Programs." The document was approved for release in June, with just a few remaining redactions, in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by George Washington University's National Security Archive back in 2005.



    Much of the material was already known to Area 51 aficionados. "Nearly all of the newly released information is already in my books," British author Chris Pocock said in a commentary distributed by the National Security Archive. But the fact that Area 51 is explicitly mentioned in a publicly available document is nevertheless notable.

    "It marks an end to official secrecy about the facts of Area 51," Jeffrey Richelson, a senior fellow with the National Security Archive, told the Las Vegas Sun. "It opens up the possibility that future accounts of this and other aerial projects will be less redacted, more fully explained in terms of their presence in Area 51."

    The book describes how officials involved in planning the spy-plane projects flew over the Nevada desert in a small plane in April 1955, looking for sites suitable for secret tests. "They spotted what appeared to be an airstrip by a salt flat known as Groom Lake, near the northeast corner of the Atomic Energy Commission's (AEC) Nevada Proving Ground," the book's authors wrote.

    The facility had been used during World War II as an aerial gunnery range, and the officials decided it would be "an ideal site for testing the U-2 and training its pilots," according to the book. The AEC agreed to add the area to its real estate holdings, "and President Eisenhower also approved the addition of this strip of wasteland, known by its map designation as Area 51, to the Nevada Test Site."

    The authors of the CIA history, Gregory Pedlow and Donald Welzenbach, said the site was nicknamed "Paradise Ranch," or simply the Ranch, to make it sound more attractive to the test project's workers. The first U-2 test flight took place at Area 51 on Aug. 4, 1955, and over the years that followed, the site was used for training U-2 pilots.

    The Groom Lake facility was also used for development of the U-2 spy plane's successors, including the Lockheed A-12 Oxcart and the D-21 Tagboard. Later on, Area 51 served as a test site for the F-117 stealth fighter. To this day, the area surrounding the facility has been closely guarded, and the airspace is off-limits to civilian air traffic.

    Such high levels of secrecy, combined with the occasional sightings of strange aircraft, have fueled UFO tales for decades. For example, in a 2011 book titled "Area 51," investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen quoted her sources as saying that wreckage from the Roswell UFO incident ended up at Area 51 for study.

    As one would expect, the CIA book makes no mention of Roswell or alien spacecraft.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/science/area-...u-2-6C10931555
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission.

    The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: the U-2 and Oxcart Programs." The document was approved for release in June, with just a few remaining redactions, in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by George Washington University's National Security Archive back in 2005.



    Much of the material was already known to Area 51 aficionados. "Nearly all of the newly released information is already in my books," British author Chris Pocock said in a commentary distributed by the National Security Archive. But the fact that Area 51 is explicitly mentioned in a publicly available document is nevertheless notable.

    "It marks an end to official secrecy about the facts of Area 51," Jeffrey Richelson, a senior fellow with the National Security Archive, told the Las Vegas Sun. "It opens up the possibility that future accounts of this and other aerial projects will be less redacted, more fully explained in terms of their presence in Area 51."

    The book describes how officials involved in planning the spy-plane projects flew over the Nevada desert in a small plane in April 1955, looking for sites suitable for secret tests. "They spotted what appeared to be an airstrip by a salt flat known as Groom Lake, near the northeast corner of the Atomic Energy Commission's (AEC) Nevada Proving Ground," the book's authors wrote.

    The facility had been used during World War II as an aerial gunnery range, and the officials decided it would be "an ideal site for testing the U-2 and training its pilots," according to the book. The AEC agreed to add the area to its real estate holdings, "and President Eisenhower also approved the addition of this strip of wasteland, known by its map designation as Area 51, to the Nevada Test Site."

    The authors of the CIA history, Gregory Pedlow and Donald Welzenbach, said the site was nicknamed "Paradise Ranch," or simply the Ranch, to make it sound more attractive to the test project's workers. The first U-2 test flight took place at Area 51 on Aug. 4, 1955, and over the years that followed, the site was used for training U-2 pilots.

    The Groom Lake facility was also used for development of the U-2 spy plane's successors, including the Lockheed A-12 Oxcart and the D-21 Tagboard. Later on, Area 51 served as a test site for the F-117 stealth fighter. To this day, the area surrounding the facility has been closely guarded, and the airspace is off-limits to civilian air traffic.

    Such high levels of secrecy, combined with the occasional sightings of strange aircraft, have fueled UFO tales for decades. For example, in a 2011 book titled "Area 51," investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen quoted her sources as saying that wreckage from the Roswell UFO incident ended up at Area 51 for study.

    As one would expect, the CIA book makes no mention of Roswell or alien spacecraft.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/science/area-...u-2-6C10931555

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