CIA Documents Confirm: Area 51 Exists

As though there was ever any doubt regarding the existence of everyone’s favorite alien conspiracy hotspot, recently-released CIA documents have confirmed that Area 51 is, indeed, very real.

The documents, which outline the history of the U-2 spy plane program, were obtained via the Freedom of Information Act by the National Security Archive. However, while they officially acknowledge the existence of Area 51, and include a map of its location, the documents describe the facility as nothing more than a test site for the U-2 and OXCART aerial surveillance programs. In other words, no, they don’t mention extraterrestrials.

Previous versions of the report, titled “The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954-1974,” had already been viewed, but mentions of the base were redacted.

This new version is, well, less redacted.

It tells of top-secret CIA operations at the Nevada base involving the construction and test flights of U-2 spy planes, which at the time flew higher than any known plane at 60,000 feet. This could explain the prevalence of UFO sightings in the area, as at the time the top-secret U-2 spy planes would have certainly been unidentifiable by witnesses outside the base.

Area 51 CIA Documents
Image: CIA Documents

Of course, I wouldn’t expect publicly-released documents to mention alien autopsies and extraterrestrial technology, even if those things were found within Area 51. I don’t think this is nearly enough to end the speculation surrounding Groom Lake. That wouldn’t be any fun, anyway, would it?


Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions. Might be a robot.

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