It’s one of the world’s worst kept best kept secrets. A top-secret base, heavily guarded and well-protected by a variety of armed security forces, that is the center of every conspiracy theory ever. The one place everyone knows about, but no one can go to see. Outside of Rachel, Nevada, on Groom Lake is a government facility that doesn’t exist, technically. The CIA has officially acknowledged that Area 51 exists.
The 400+ page report is titled “Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and Oxcart Programs, 1954-1974.” The report was issued after a Freedom Of Information Act request filed by George Washington University’s National Security Archive. As it turns out, the OXCART program and the vaunted U-2 high-altitude spy plane are the cause of pretty much every UFO conspiracy theory ever, or so the government would have us believe.
“High-altitude testing of the U-2 soon led to an unexpected side effect — a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs),” which the report says was the source of ‘natural phenomena’ that the Air Force used to cover up their illicit activities. “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… As the deliveries of U-2 airframes to the testing site increased, a major logistic problem arose: how to transfer Lockheed employees from Burbank to Area 51 without arousing a great deal of curiosity. The project staff decided that the simplest approach would be to fly the essential personnel to the site on Monday morning and return them to Burbank on Friday evening.”
And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
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