Before almost 1 Million people would sign up for the Facebook event “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us” which would set the internet ablaze with meme’s.
Before public interest would result in the passing route 375 being renamed the ‘Extraterrestrial Highway’ by the state of Nevada.
Before Area 51 would become the source location for never ending conspiracy theories about extra-terrestrial life including reverse engineering Alien technology, experiments on Alien life, cross breeding, time travel and more.
Area 51 also known as Homey Airport, Groom Lake, Site II, Dreamland and Paradise Ranch has been fascinating the world since the CIA set up the test facility back in 1955. It would take 50 years before the American government would publicly acknowledge the base’s existence and declassify documents detailing its history and purpose. Despite their claims that it’s simply a test facility for manmade military air crafts most people are convinced.
We’ve looked into the details about breaking into this base and it’s no easy task. The place is heavily guarded with CCTV cameras, buried motion sensors and camo dudes carrying M16’s who have the authority to use deadly force on anyone who dares to trespass.
Just for reference, the famous alien crash that happened in Roswell New Mexico took place in 1947.You can imagine the CIA needed a place to test their weather balloons in more privacy.
Before this during World War 2, the airfield on the Groom Lake site began service in 1942 as Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field and consisted of two unpaved 5000-foot runways.
History of Area 51
Attracted by its remote location for secrecy, CIA director Clarence “Kelly” Johnson took ownership of the airfield in 1955 and began development and test flights for the Lockheed U-2. A plane that provided day and night, all weather, high altitude intelligence gathering equipment– meaning if something was going to spot a UFO it probably be this bad boy. The Nevada desert also offers a mild climate allowed for few delays in test runs. The lakebed of Groom Lake offered an ideal strip of land for take offs and landing and the surrounding mountains made it hard for outsiders to access. Eventually efforts were made to shut down outside activities like the local mining which pushed away most locals in the area. Its proximity to Las Vegas made it easily accessible for crew and supply runs and Clarence “Kelly” Johnson went around calling the place the Paradise Ranch to get workers to move there which at first was a bit of a stretch for a namesake. In its first year of operation, Area 51 was little more than a runway, a couple of hangers, some trailers and storage tanks.
By 1962 the place had been built up offer 130 long term housing complexes, the main runway had doubled in size. They could now hold over 1.3 million gallons of fuel and there were multiple hangers, buildings.
The place had become legit and they began developing drones like the Lockheed U-2 but far more advanced as America kept its eyes on threats from like the Soviet Union and later Vietnam. Throughout the 60’s there were plenty of planes taking off from Area 51 hitting places all over the world from SR-71 Blackbirds, and the A-12 or OXCART. During these years there were constant reports of Unidentified Flying Objects being seen in the sky around the base. These objects were described as moving faster than a bullet, fiery in appearance. Many of these claims could easily be debunked as manmade crafts but others were less convinced. From the 70’s a memo written by CIA director William Colby was found referred to the area stating,
“The CIA considered no other spot on Earth to be as sensitive as Groom Lake.”
People suspected all sorts of things were going down at Area 51. Reverse engineering of alien spacecrafts, Meetings with extraterrestrials, Experiments on dead or alive aliens, Time travel and teleportation technology, cloning alien viruses, developing advanced weapons, weather control and underground tunnels and laboratories also cross breeding.
In the 80’s, Area 51 was responsible for the development of the F-117 Nighthawk before it was moved to another airbase in Nevada. This was the same decade that gave the public wild revelations from former base employees like Bob Lazar who spoke about alien technology in area 51. Bob Lazar a physicist and scientist who worked on reverse engineering alien spacecraft in a base near Area 51. There were several spacecrafts with space bending technology that was impossible to have come from this earth. Others have also made claims about working at the base, some with aliens one named J-Rod who was telepathic.
There were also mysterious deaths surrounding, a number of base workers. Conspiracy theories began to snowball, and Area 51 became the mecca for Alien and UFO enthusiasts. With so much public interest the small local town of Rachel Nevada, current population of around 51 people transformed their burger shop into an alien themed restaurant. There is also a 12-room motel and a small tourist shop. Plenty of YouTubers have gone for themselves and it appears everyone regrets the voyage.
By 1995 Area 51 made great efforts to push back outside interest. They expanded the surrounding borders of almost 4,000 acres laying fence and warning signs including any nearby mountains that offered a view of their facilities and runway. The perimeter of the base is marked out by orange posts reading that deadly forces is authorized for trespassers. The grounds are patrolled by guards in white pickup trucks and camouflage outfits – commonly referred to as camo dudes. The best bet to get a good view of the base is a spot known as Tikaboo Peak which is 26 miles away, again plenty of YouTubers have taken the hike. It would take 50 years before the CIA publicly acknowledged the existence of the base declassifying documents detailing the history and purpose of Area 51.
A Million People To Storm Area 51
Alright, let’s talk about this recent Facebook movement to storm the base. On June 27th 2019, “Smyleekun” created the Facebook event “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” scheduled to happen on September 20th, 2019. The description reads,
“We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry.”
“If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”
The post went viral and everyone began sharing their own various plans of attack. From Rock Throwers to Kyles with Monster Energy and Clickbait Vloggers & more the internet had it’s fun.
So much so that Area 51 had to release a statement,
“Area 51 is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage”
“anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.”
“The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
As for the rest of the story, we are going to wrap this one up here because this is Before They Were Famous.
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