Author: Jacquelynn S. Gresham
Area 51? Aliens? Strange aircrafts? Top-secret? These are all words and phrases that come up when Area 51 is discussed in general public or every-day discussion. This creates the conspiracy theory of if aliens exist or is it really a top-secret place for the government to test spy planes? This theory has created famous writers' and reporters on Area 51. The most famous post was made on Facebook called, “Storm Area 51, They can't stop All of Us.” This is a plan for the general public to take one day out of the year to take over the secretive military site and find the supposed aliens that are kept here. This got 1.5 million people interested, creating a big joke on Facebook. Overall, this got over a million people thinking that aliens are real, and they are stored in Area 51.
What is Area 51 and how did it come about?
Area 51 is a top-secret test and training range that the U.S. Airforce base created in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Habor. (provide citation) Area 51 official name is the Nevada Test and Training Range, and this is in Groom Lake. Other names for this site that workers use to make it sound more peaceful is Dreamland and Paradise Ranch. (provide citation) The name Area 51 came for the location of where it was geographically located on the map. In this general place the famous U-2 spy plane was test successfully in 1955. Around the same time, the first report of a U.F.O (unidentified flying object) was seen in Newpapers. These sightings have been happening ever since.
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The public found out officially in August of 2013 that Area 51 existed. The public found out because, Dr. Jeffey T. Richelson which is a senior peer at George Washington University who passed a Freedom of Information Act Request in 2005. This was to get information behind what the CIA is doing with these spy planes. This forced the CIA to give informational documents on the history of the famous U-2 Spy plane and others. On the picture below, is a photograph of the U-2 spy plane that was used by the CIA.
“Area 51 Is the Internet’s Latest Fascination. Here Is Everything to Know About This Mysterious Site.” https://time.com/5627694/area-51-history/ On this website link it discusses what Area 51 is, how it came about, its official name, and raids it caused on media.
“Strange Signals from Area 51”
On this website it discusses the history of UFOs, the experiences people have had, and
investigations behind the UFO sightings.
“Inexplicable Moments.” http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.usca.edu:2048/ehost/detail/detail?vid=4&sid=fa5a238e-67ec- 438f-95f2-b7f511cc416e%40sdc-v- sessmgr03&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#AN=2620687&db=aph This website discusses a reporter coming to the town of Area 51, interviewing people on the inexplicable moments they have experience due to Area 51.
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Stampler, Laura. FAA Confirms Spy Plane Caused LAX Chaos. May 6, 2014. Photograph. “U-2 Spy Plane,” TIME, October 21, 2020, https://time.com/89130/faa-spy-plane-los-angeles/.
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