Since President Eisenhower gave an okay in 1955 to establish Area 51 as a test site, it became one of the scariest places in the world. It’s commonly know as the “scary secret government facility used to keep paranormal secrets.” To this day, it remains something of a pop culture touchstone that inspired many movies, books and conspiracy theories. Nobody knows for a fact if there is or isn’t something supernatural stored or tested at Area 51, but there are definitely many bizarre things surrounding this site. Here’s out list of ten things you didn’t know about Area 51.
Unknown Reason For Existence
Although it was one of the most well-known of secrets in the entire world, the US government still had very little to say about the project. Only in 2013 did the CIA actually acknowledge its existence. The secrecy was still very much present after CIA decided to acknowledge it as they only said the area conducted regular testing procedures and never really specified what for.
The personnel at Area 51 had the duty of developing the U-2 spy plane which is still used today. However, back in 2013, Area 51 was used for testing a new model of military hardware that was made public a year later. It turned out they were testing a drone that was years before engineered by the Iranian government that had a range of over 1,200 miles.
Edward Lovick, who stayed at the base for thirty years and was one of the senior aircraft designers actually named the Area 51 the “Paradise Ranch” in the hope it would sound nicer than how people usually called it. It adopted the nickname “Groom Lake” before as it quite accurately described the conditions and the environment of Area 51.
Moon Landing Tests
One of the many conspiracy theories that are linked to Area 51 is that it was the supposed place of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing that occurred in 1969. Even though the theory was debunked many times, there’s still a large portion of people convinced that the whole TV filming studio was set up in Area 51 where Armstrong and company performed a fake moon landing.