When the aliens first appeared on Earth, we started studying Area 51, or so many people say. Is this true? There is no doubt that this very strange government facility in the middle of the Nevada desert, officially called Groom Lake, keeps many secrets locked in its safes. So far, however, there is no evidence that a bunch of little aliens are part of it.
This did not prevent people from speculating on the kept facility and considering that it took more than half a century for the American government to admit the existence of Area 51, people cannot be blamed for not trusting the official version. What can be confirmed about Area 51 is that it is a place of high-tech military tests and suspicious cover-ups, as is normally only found in one episode of Stranger Things. So here’s what we know about area 51.
1Here is how the suspicious business started in the area
When we talk about zone 51, separating facts from fiction is a delicate issue. That said, How Stuff Works reports that this whole story began during the Second World War. Somewhere between the exploitation of atomic energy and the transformation of a skinny kid named Steve Rogers into a super-soldier. The U.S. Army built a pair of small tracks just beside Lake Groom in Nevada and named it the Army Artillery School. Sometime after the war, the artillery school was abandoned.
Thus, the equally paranoid CIA allied itself with the even more paranoid aerospace company Lockheed in the 1950s. Their joint project, entitled Skunk Works, aimed to develop U-2 spy planes. The secret of the project meant that the test flights had to be conducted in a remote location, away from commercial and military air routes, but close enough to a large city that receiving new deliveries was not a real headache. Fortunately, the project’s Air Force liaison officer mentioned the small abandoned artillery school in Nevada where he had trained. After careful inspections, Skunk Works moved into the old school and began testing its spy planes.
They didn’t say anything to the press. Their cover story was to refer to the military base as the “Watertown Project”, according to How Stuff Works, and claim that they were only studying bizarre weather phenomena.