Everyone knows the place is there, just outside Las Vegas, but the government has always officially refused to acknowledge it is an official testing facility — for the U-2 spy plane, not the hiding and study of crashed UFOs and alien corpses. (Governments can only be so transparent!)
ABC News describes the report thusly:
Although the report makes no mention of the sensational stories that have played out in pop culture for decades, it turns out that Area 51 was started as a testing site for the government’s U-2 spy plane. The report, more than 400 pages, is titled “Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and Oxcart Programs, 1954-1974.”
The U-2 spy planes were commonly used by the United States during the Cold War in reconnaissance missions around the globe.
Officials and former employees have previously acknowledged in passing the existence of the facility and how it was used for testing U-2 planes, but this is the first time the U.S. government has openly referred to Area 51 and given specifics on its operations. The report also features a map of the area.
“U-2 and later OXCART flights accounted for more than one-half of all UFO reports during the late 1950s and most of the 1960s.”
Meaning that the government was deliberately and consciously lying when it denied any knowledge about UFOs, aliens or secret military testing programs.
Finally — and tellingly? — the report makes no mention of the status of Area 51 after 1974. So, does that mean it no longer exists?