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Area 51 and its purpose declassified: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes
NBCNews ^ | 8/15/2013 | Alan Boyle

Posted on 08/15/2013 11:52:25 PM PDT by South40

A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission — which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes.

The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: the U-2 and Oxcart Programs." The document was approved for release in June, with just a few remaining redactions, in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by George Washington University's National Security Archive back in 2005.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Nevada; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aerospace; area51; callingartbell; cia; coldwar; foia; mystery; nevada; oxcart; parpro; planecrash; reconnaissance; sr71; thexfiles; u2; ufo; usaf; waronterror; xfiles

1 posted on 08/15/2013 11:52:25 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

They were good planes, those U-2s.


2 posted on 08/15/2013 11:58:07 PM PDT by American Quilter (I believe the Benghazi whistleblowers.)
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To: South40

I have never seen or believed in UFOs from another world.


3 posted on 08/16/2013 12:01:18 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: AlexW

“They Live!” - clearly this report has been sanitized. /ultra sarc


4 posted on 08/16/2013 12:02:15 AM PDT by Ray76 ( Common sense immigration reform: Enforce Existing Law)
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To: South40

They used personal email accounts so no FIAO`s


5 posted on 08/16/2013 12:05:00 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: AlexW

What about bigfoot, loch ness, and cattle mutilations? Surely, one of these has to be true.


6 posted on 08/16/2013 12:06:05 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Ray76

Obviously a CIA ruse to keep us from learning the
truth.


7 posted on 08/16/2013 12:06:28 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Ray76

““They Live!””
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Get back to me when worm holes are proven :)


8 posted on 08/16/2013 12:07:12 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Ray76

I fully expect Richard Hoagland to chime in to c2c some night soon, and claim this report is simply a fabricated whitewash to hide the fact that they have a few mangled greys floating in tanks along with their wrecked craft, from which they reverse engineered the transistor. But we simply can’t handle the truth as Colonel Jessup would say.


9 posted on 08/16/2013 12:10:53 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: pepsionice

“What about bigfoot, loch ness, and cattle mutilations? “

Bigfoot is real. Check the White Hut...


10 posted on 08/16/2013 12:11:16 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: pepsionice

“What about bigfoot, loch ness, and cattle mutilations? Surely, one of these has to be true.”
_________________________________________

Maybe so, but what do they have to do with ET?
Bigfoot? many fakes so it is hard to figure out.
Loch Ness? I guess we will know if and when it dies.
Cattle mutilations? I guess someone was hungry.


11 posted on 08/16/2013 12:13:13 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: South40

Very clever of them to redesignate the parts of Area 51 that dealt with UFOs as Area 52.


12 posted on 08/16/2013 12:14:39 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: South40

Why on earth do we need U-2 spy planes? Bono is a publicity hound, always in the public eye. Just mention you have a videocamera and he’ll be right there to talk at you. :)


13 posted on 08/16/2013 12:14:48 AM PDT by Vision Thing
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To: American Quilter

That’s what Area 51 was designed for the in the first place. Even all the tin-foil hat Youtube videos about A51 have confirmed that Groom Lake was picked by the CIA and Air Force test pilots to test U2 spy planes initially.


14 posted on 08/16/2013 12:15:10 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: South40
It's About Time!
15 posted on 08/16/2013 12:16:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: IncPen

pong


16 posted on 08/16/2013 12:18:45 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: South40

17 posted on 08/16/2013 12:21:02 AM PDT by goron (If this be treason, make the most of it! - Patrick Henry)
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To: SpaceBar

“I fully expect Richard Hoagland to chime in to c2c”
______________________________________________________
You mena Kook to Kook.
I admit that I listen, mostly for amusement purposes only.
Actually I hear it as I type, via KLBJ.
By the way, another time for me to hawk DAR.fm.
It is great service that lets you hear any radio program when you want. Kook to Kook is on now, but I have to get Savage and Rush via DAR. I am asleep when they are on.
You can program one program for free, but you need to join with small fee to record what you want. Your computer does not have to be on. Programs are recorded on their server.


18 posted on 08/16/2013 12:21:21 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: AlexW

I saw something that moved faster than anything I’d ever seen move that fast in the military. Several of them during the same incident. I’ve come to believe that we’d all have on tin foil hats if we knew how far military technology has moved forward.


19 posted on 08/16/2013 12:30:02 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
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To: South40
On an AFROTC field trip in summer, 1957, we visited Laughlin AFB at Del Rio, TX and got to see some strange aircraft. They were visible from above as we landed then appeared nose on down the apron from the admin building.

For all the world, they looked like large gliders. As I discovered later, they were, of course, U-2s.

This was 1957, remember. And they had started training U-2 pilots at Groom Lake only in 1955. Francis Gary Powers wasn't downed and the plane didn't become publicly known until May 1, 1960.

I've always wondered why those U-2s (four of them, as I recall) were there on the apron at Laughlin for us college kids to see in 1957. We were told they were "secret spy planes"...

20 posted on 08/16/2013 12:33:40 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: AlexW
Nothing needs "proving" about worm holes.

My garden is full of them.

21 posted on 08/16/2013 12:41:59 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: South40

So if the network that lies in it’s sleep says that Groom was a U2 base, that likely means that U2 is a designation for an alien craft or a refrigerator...but there probably never was a Lockheed U2 within 100 miles of it ;)


22 posted on 08/16/2013 12:45:52 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: tet68

If you can’t believe the CIA, who can you believe?


23 posted on 08/16/2013 1:06:32 AM PDT by RC one
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To: VerySadAmerican

Actually Miliary technology is moving backwards, in that what you saw was a time-travel vehicle travelling back to re-arrange history.


24 posted on 08/16/2013 1:32:59 AM PDT by goron (If this be treason, make the most of it! - Patrick Henry)
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To: South40

bookmark


25 posted on 08/16/2013 1:53:01 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: South40

They moved all the aliens too Washington.


26 posted on 08/16/2013 1:54:34 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: ApplegateRanch

“Nothing needs “proving” about worm holes.”
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hahahaha...I think you know what I was referring to :P


27 posted on 08/16/2013 2:17:11 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: AlexW
LOL! Yes, you caught me. I knew it wasn't garden variety worm holes you were referring to. It was these:


28 posted on 08/16/2013 2:37:20 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: VerySadAmerican

“I saw something that moved faster than anything I’d ever seen move that fast in the military.”

I think it was Patton reversing course and regrouping his Third Army so that they could relieve the 101st during the Battle of the Bulge.


29 posted on 08/16/2013 2:37:21 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: ApplegateRanch

Yes, I can imagine many jokes about worm holes.
I see it as the only way that ET can be here, but they have not been discovered or proven to exist.
I understand that many see numerous visual whatevers in the sky, and I find them interesting, but I think any ET would have made himself known by now.
The ET kooks can get back to me when one makes itself known.


30 posted on 08/16/2013 2:48:01 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: AlexW

“I have never seen or believed in UFOs from another world.”

You mean aliens wouldn’t spend centuries in flight, even at light speed, just to cut crop circles in Wilshire or anal probe a redneck leaving a bar in Arizona? Don’t they have teenagers?


31 posted on 08/16/2013 3:04:05 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather

“You mean aliens wouldn’t spend centuries in flight, even at light speed, just to cut crop circles in Wilshire or anal probe a redneck leaving a bar in Arizona? Don’t they have teenagers?
________________________________________________

Haha, that was funny.
I will believe in ET when he lands and makes himself known.
I will not hold my breath waiting, but it is sometimes fun to listen to Kook to Kook.


32 posted on 08/16/2013 3:37:49 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: South40

Di*si-nfor*ma*ti*on.


33 posted on 08/16/2013 4:17:34 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: pepsionice
What about bigfoot, loch ness, and cattle mutilations? Surely, one of these has to be true.

That's right! There must be at least a 1 in 3 chance that ONE is true.

Right? ;)

34 posted on 08/16/2013 4:20:42 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: AlexW
Get back to me when worm holes are proven :)


35 posted on 08/16/2013 4:32:48 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: South40
..Skully, Mulder and the boys from Lone Gunman say hooey!

FBI A D Walter Skinner

36 posted on 08/16/2013 6:44:53 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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To: Vision Thing

These days, so celebrities can take rides to 70,000 feet.


37 posted on 08/16/2013 7:30:28 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: South40

38 posted on 08/16/2013 7:39:40 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: AlexW

They have an lndavincebility cloak, ya can’t see’m.


39 posted on 08/16/2013 8:47:03 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: AlexW

Mathematically speaking, there is an extremely high probability they do exist, and that light speed is not the end-all. Waxman is proof that aliens inhabit this planet.


40 posted on 08/16/2013 8:55:58 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: South40
Some years back there was a newspaper article that said the Big Secret of Area 51 the CIA was hiding, was that there were many areas that were so toxic with spilled/dumped exotic fuels, the place could never be decontaminated.

I thought it was just another foil-hat artivcle until I read that doctors in the Las Vegas area were raising hell about some of their patients. They worked at Area 51 and had debilitating and sometimes fatal reactions to unknown substances, and the CIA, or whoever made the decision, wouldn't tell them what the guys were exposed to.

One of many articles

41 posted on 08/16/2013 9:23:29 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

So if the network that lies in it’s sleep says that Groom was a U2 base, that likely means that U2 is a designation for an alien craft or a refrigerator...but there probably never was a Lockheed U2 within 100 miles of it ;)

Yup, If they say aliens don’t exist, they certainly DO exist!


42 posted on 08/16/2013 10:56:11 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Norm Lenhart
This might be what they're calling a "U-2".

That picture was just recently taken near Clovis, NM, just before it starteded sucking up 2 cows to mutilate, then dump in Colorado.

43 posted on 08/16/2013 11:58:21 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: VerySadAmerican

A close friend I have known all my life worked security for Los Alamos and Sandia Labs. Since his retirement, he has shared with us that he also made regular trips to Area 51.

He still won’t talk about any of it. He does have interesting stories about the atomic airplane project in Idaho, since that is now de-classified.

I was pressing him for details about his more recent projects. All he would say was...

“Take what you think we might have and add about 100 years of technological advances. Then you are coming close.”


44 posted on 08/16/2013 12:08:22 PM PDT by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: South40

BTTT


45 posted on 08/16/2013 5:55:41 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: South40

It is amazing the media can take a piece of useless information and make a huge non-story out of it.

Area 51 (Groom Lake) began as the CIA’s private spy-plane playground. The U2, (Dragon Lady) YF-12 (Oxcart) SR-71 (Blackbird) and later the USAF F-117A (Stealth Fighter) all had their birth there.

The original name for area 51 was “Paradise Ranch” coined by Kelly Johnson (Lockheed’s Chief Engineer) because of its God forsaken living conditions.


46 posted on 08/28/2013 12:34:53 PM PDT by oxcart (Journalism [Sic])
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