The US Air Force controls a piece of land in Nevada that holds a base where
some of the top secret planes are constructed and then flight-tested. The site
is the subject of the movie "Independence Day," and regularly has
members of the press and of magazines like "Popular Science" and "Aviation
Weekly" sneaking up to the perimeter to attempt photographs of unusual
military aircraft taking off or landing. The SR-71
Blackbird (seen below) was a secret plane built in the 1960's that could
fly above 80,000 feet and in excess of Mach 3. The plane was photographed by
a snooping reporter and the secret was unveiled to the public in the 1980's.
Since that time, a newer and faster version of this plane has been built, but
no one in the pubic sector has ever seen it. The SR-71 is now on display at
the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in
The US Military continues to use Area 51 to test secret planes. To learn about
this special area that includes Dreamland
and Groom Lake (if you read military novels or read "Popular Science,"
you will know about these places) please enter the Area
51 page and browse to your heart's content. Whether we have aliens there
or not, as well as secretely stored alien spacecraft is the subject of widespread
speculation and mystery.
Another wonderful link is Blue
Fire, which is a non-updated website devoted to the story of Area 51. Of
relevant interest is a link within the Blue Fire page to a man named Bob
Lazar who claims to have worked as a senior engineer on alien spacecraft
held in hangars at the site. It is pretty interesting.
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