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What is area 51 ?

Asked by jameel ahmed, 18 Apr '10 11:08 am
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Area 51 is a top-secret military test and development facility, owned and operated by the US Air Force. It is located within the Nevada Test and Training Range , 85 miles north of Las Vegas. It is operated as Detachment 3 of the Air Force Flight Test Center, headquartered at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Area 51 was founded in 1955 to test the newly developed U-2 Spy Plane. Since then the base was constantly expanded, and used for various Black Project developments including the A-12 "Blackbird", the F-117 Stealth Fighter and the B-2 Stealth Bomber. More recent projects include research on Stealth Technology, various unmanned reconnaissance and combat aircraft (UAVs and UCAVs) and possibly a rumored high speed high altitude platform known as "Aurora".
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Answered by Jiya Sahgal, 18 Apr '10 11:14 am

 
  
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Area 51 is a name used in offical CIA...!!
documents at least since 1967 for a military base that is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (133 km) north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large secretive military airfield. The base's primary purpose is to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems.!!! The base lies within the United States Air Force's vast Nevada Test and Training Range. Although the facilities at the range are managed by the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, the Groom facility appears to be run as an adjunct of the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, around 186 miles (300 km) southwest of Groom, and as such the base is known as Air Force Flight Test Center (Detachment )3!!! src.g
Answered by Oberoi, 18 Apr '10 11:14 am

 
  
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Area 51 is the name most commonly used for the Groom Lake airbase in Nevada. The US air force gives it the same appellation in some ways, since the whole of the site is numbered for convenience. However, Groom Lake is not a normal base: its a development and testing facility for new aircraft.

The site itself is ideal for this purpose as its out in the middle of nowhere and the dry lake bed locale provides enough space for very long landing strips, hangars and several other structures. Its surrounded by mountains and the area is permanently off-limits to civilian and even military air traffic. People on foot are quickly removed by security forces and some have even been detained just for taking photographs from outside the exclusion area: the US military does not want anyone peeking here.

During World War II, the base was used for standard things like bombing practice and artillery training, but it wasnt a major site. It was only in 1955 that the work on the U-2 spy plane (by Lock ...more
Answered by gkr, 18 Apr '10 12:22 pm

 
  
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Naming by IATA: none ICAO: KXTA

Summary
Airport type Military
Operator United States Air Force
Location Southern Nevada, United States

Elevation AMSL
4462 ft / 1360 m

Coordinates
371406N 1154840W / 37.235N 115.81111W

Runways

Direction
Length Surface
ft
m

14L/32R 12,0 00 3,658 Asphalt
12/30 5,420 1,652 Asphalt
09L/27R 11,440 3,489 S alt
09R/27L 11,440 3,489 Salt
03L/21R 10,030 3,057 Salt
03R/21L 1 0,030 3,057 Salt
14R/32L 23,270 7,093 Closed
Area 51 is a name used in offical CIA documents at least since 1967 for a military base that is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (133 km) north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large secretive military airfield. The base's primary purpose is to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems
The base lies within the United States Air Force's vast Nevada Test and Training Range. Although the facilit ...more
Answered by KARTIKAY SHARMA, 18 Apr '10 11:31 am

 
  
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