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More Area 51 documents declassified

The CIA’s declassification of Area 51, the most secret and well-known Air Force base, created a lot of headlines this summer. This week 60 documents were released concerning secret Air Force projects, many of which refer to Area 51.

The new set of documents, like the last, has been released to George Washington University’s National Security Archive. They have posted the files with an article summarizing their content, and an e-book which further explores the files and their significance.

Boeing’s “Bird of Prey” stealth technology demonstrator was tested at Area 51. (image credit: Boeing)
Boeing’s “Bird of Prey” stealth technology demonstrator was tested at Area 51. (image credit: Boeing)

The new files do not reveal anything to help support conspiracy theories about UFOs or extraterrestrials at the base. Instead, they provide further information about stealth aircraft development, security concerns at the base, Soviet MiG fighters obtained during the Cold War that were tested and housed at Area 51, and some discussion about what to do with photos that were accidentally taken of the base by NASA’s Skylab space station.

There is also a file that had previously been uncovered via a FOIA request by John Greenewald who runs the Black Vault website. Several years ago Greenewald placed FOIA requests for various branches of the government seeking information about Area 51. One of the files he received was a memo from the National Reconnaissance Office written in 1962 that discusses a possible mission to photograph area 51 from a U-2 spy plane. The purpose would be to find out what the Russians might see if they have cameras on their Sputnik satellites.

MiG 21 over Area 51
USAF acquired MiG 21 over Area 51. (Credit: United States Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency)

The other observation from space discussed in these files is that photo taken from the Skylab. This file is from 1974, and states that the photos were taken inadvertently, even though there were specific instructions not to do so. In fact the file states that Area 51 was the only location with such instructions.

While there is no information to support theories of back-engineered UFOs or the housing of extraterrestrials at a secret location near Area 51 called S4, at least now we have a trickle of new information being declassified about the base.

These recent official insights into the activities and concerns surrounding the base do demonstrate just how serious the various agencies took keeping Area 51’s secrets safe.

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. Now that they,ve achnowledged Area51, Of course they are going to release documents of military achievements first and gradually threw future releases of documents will slowley start showing tech beyond this age, further down the line they will start to show saucer development which they will deny backtracking!

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