Area 51 has long been a source of public intrigue and conspiracy theories, but for many decades, Americans were still being told that it didn’t exist at all. In fact, it wasn’t until 2013 that the CIA confirmed its existence, after being forced to declassify documents related to Area 51.
Really, the denial of the existence of this Air Force base was kind of absurd. You can take pictures of it from the base of a nearby mountain.
That denial has fueled the conspiracy theories, though. That, paired with the fact that very little is known about this highly classified base, is what keeps the public fascinated with it. The most popular conspiracies involve aliens being held captive there, or that the military is secretly stealing alien technologies from wrecked UFOs.
I’ve even heard of conspiracies about the 1969 moon landing being filmed at Area 51.
“Storm Area 51” Facebook Event
Thanks to conspiracy theories about aliens and UFOs that have been stewing for decades, a Facebook event scheduled to “storm Area 51” has surfaced. Millions of people have expressed interest or confirmed their attendance to the event scheduled in September, where they will use strength in numbers to raid the base and reveal any “extraterrestrial treasures” stashed within.
Of course, the event itself is likely a joke. The event page is filled with satirical posts and memes, plus crazy theories about the best ways to break into the top-secret facility and what they might find there. Ultimately, Facebook decided to remove the event page altogether.
So will people really show up on September 20th? It’s hard to say. And what will they find when they get there? Also hard to say, since we don’t know much at all about America’s most secretive military base. We don’t even really know why we call it “Area 51.”
But What is “Area 51”?
It’s not even clear why we call it “Area 51.” According to the CIA, “Area 51” is the base’s map designation, but that really just brings up a whole new set of questions, like what kind of map is it? What else is on the map? Does that mean that there are other “areas?” How come we’ve never seen this map that is divided into “areas?”
There are also plenty of other names out there for the base. It is sometimes referred to as Groom Lake, and when the CIA confirmed its existence, they called it “the operating location near Groom Lake.” I’ve been told that the official site name is Watertown, but it can also be referred to as Dreamland or Paradise Ranch.
We Still Aren’t Being Told What Goes On There
Even though the CIA officially confirmed its existence, they still won’t say exactly what goes on there. What we do know, though, is that the site started off being used for military training during World War II.
After that, it was used by the government in the 1950s to test high-flying U-2 planes. The Air Force then continued to use the base to test other aircraft, like the F-117A and the OXCART. This information is what was revealed in the declassified documents that were released in 2013.
But still to this day, Area 51 is a highly classified Air Force base shrouded in mystery. And while the base itself isn’t a secret, what goes on still is. They still aren’t telling us what they’re doing there, but it’s likely something to do with improving stealth technology, testing unmanned aircraft, and electronic warfare systems.
Whether or not it involves aliens and UFOs, I’ll let you use your imagination.