CIA declassifies covert details on the secretive Area 51

Area 51 map included in the CIA declassified report.

(Credit: CIA)

When U-2 spy planes first soared over Nevada in 1955, they flew higher than any other plane ever: 60,000 feet. The development and construction of the vessels were part of a top-secret CIA operative in the remote desert of Nevada known as Area 51.

When people who lived nearby saw the sleek planes — far above, glinting in the sun — they had no idea what they were. And naturally, it became widely believed they were UFOs carrying aliens.

Many of the details and history around Area 51 and U-2 planes were recently declassified by the CIA and revealed to the public on Thursday. This information comes via a 355-page report titled “The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954 – 1974,” which the National Security Archive got the CIA to declassify under the Freedom of Information Act.

Now, many conspiracy theories could be debunked.

While scant particulars on Area 51 have been discovered over the years through other declassified reports and … [Read more]

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