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Area 51

A satellite photo of Area 51 taken from Google Maps.

A satellite photo of Area 51 taken from Google Maps.

Situated in Lincoln County near the Nevada Test & Training Range is Area 51, one of the most secretive places on Earth. Its very existence was denied by the government up until 2003. Although the purpose of the facility has not been officially declared, many believe it to be a testing facility for experimental weapons and aircraft. The secrecy and strange happenings occurring around Area 51 has inspired countless conspiracy theories.

Archive highlights

Alien contradiction is focus of new book

Mon, Dec 1, 1997

The stretch of desert known as Area 51 remains so shrouded in secrecy the government is still reluctant to admit it exists.

Feds asked to shed light on UFOs

Tue, Oct 22, 2002

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is not adequately investigating unidentified flying objects and is hiding UFO-related documents, members of a new coalition hoping to bring a serious tone to the ...

An eccentric's struggle for truth

Sun, Dec 18, 2005

Several years ago, he abandoned that quest, but the desire to get to the bottom of official secrets never left him.

At last, a glimpse of Area 51

Tue, Apr 18, 2000

On the Internet

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Air Force to condemn land near Area 51 after sale talks fail

Thu, Sep 10, 2015

Arguing it has exhausted all options, the Air Force instructed the Department of Justice today to condemn the 400-acre Groom Mine owned by a Henderson family. The parcel sits within ...

Deadline expires for private land near Area 51

Thu, Sep 10, 2015

A Henderson family has until 3 p.m. today to accept the Air Force’s $5.2 million offer to buy roughly 400 acres encircled by the Nevada Test and Training Range, which ...

Live from Pahrump: Art Bell, master of the paranormal, makes radio return Monday

Fri, Sep 13, 2013

Sixty-eight-year-old Art Bell has not been on air regularly since 2003, but he is coming out of retirement for a new show on SiriusXM that launches Monday from his home ...

Area 51 declassification could lead to sightings of ... tourists

Sun, Aug 25, 2013

The Little A’Le’Inn has been an unlikely tourist destination in the Mojave Desert for nearly 25 years, selling souvenirs — from green alien coffee cups to E.T. Highway T-shirts — ...

Government acknowledges Area 51 in declassified spy plane documents

Thu, Aug 15, 2013

The government has finally recognized the existence of Area 51, according to the National Security Archive, which published recently obtained declassified CIA reports detailing and mapping the previously unacknowledged area ...

National Atomic Testing Museum unveils Area 51 exhibit

Tue, May 15, 2012

It was once one of the most secret places in America, so secret that the U.S. government denied it even existed. Maps were altered so that its ...

UFO hunters visit secret Area 51

Wed, Feb 25, 2009

For the curious who want to know the latest about Area 51, the top secret desert base about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, an hour-long episode of "UFO Hunters: ...

The home they love, for now

Sun, Sep 7, 2008

The people here love to drink booze, shoot guns and ride dirt bikes. They can do them all simultaneously without risking arrest as they come and go from the A’Le’Inn, ...

Secret’s out about field we can’t talk about

Mon, Jan 21, 2008

Area 51, the top-secret military installation tucked away in a remote part of the Southern Nevada desert, apparently wasn’t always so top-secret.

An eccentric's struggle for truth

Sun, Dec 18, 2005

Several years ago, he abandoned that quest, but the desire to get to the bottom of official secrets never left him.

Feds asked to shed light on UFOs

Tue, Oct 22, 2002

WASHINGTON -- The federal government is not adequately investigating unidentified flying objects and is hiding UFO-related documents, members of a new coalition hoping to bring a serious tone to the ...

Fan group wants the credit for 51s

Fri, Feb 9, 2001

It didn't take a brainstorming session for the front office staff of what was then the Las Vegas Stars to come up with a new nickname for the triple-A baseball ...

Pentagon remarks on Area 51

Wed, Apr 19, 2000

Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon made the statement in response to questions about Monday's posting of the first detailed images from a Russian satellite of Area 51 at the Nevada Test ...

At last, a glimpse of Area 51

Tue, Apr 18, 2000

On the Internet

Transcripts still censored in Area 51 case against feds

Fri, Feb 25, 2000

U.S. District Judge Philip Pro released on Thursday the sealed transcript of a hearing over workers' claims they were harmed at a secret U.S. Air Force site known as Area ...

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