Area 51 in Nevada - The Facts VS Fiction. Just about all the recent Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters like Star Gate, Independence Day and Transformers have the Area 51 military research installation figuring as a major setting to launch its various premises about aliens and clandestine government efforts to shield the public about actual UFO encounters, crashed spaceships and alien survivors.
Is it Real?
Based on declassified military documents of the 60s and 70s, the military base research facility situated about 100 miles from the gambling capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada is what is commonly believed to be Area 51. It is within the Nevada Test and Training Range and managed by the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base.
The state of Nevada has been home to various nuclear bomb test sites and it's not surprising that its remote and nearly desolate deserts take on an ideal condition to house clandestine facilities as early as the days when the atom bomb was first tested during the closing days of WWII.
The base has over the years assumed various names like, Home Base, Watertown Strip, Dreamland and recently Honey Airport. It is considered part of the Nellis Military Operations and is under restricted airspace around an area refereed to as R-4808N. The US government continues to remain silent about it, neither denying nor acknowledging it.
The seemingly unbreachable secrecy about the base makes its an excellent location for Sci-Fi writers about UFOs and aliens and is not entirely without some basis. The presumed Area 51 base sits on the southern shore of a waterless Groom lake making the location ideal for test landings and take offs that have fueled the imagination that it's perfect for interstellar UFO landings and even underground UFO and Alien captives.
It all started with the speculated UFO crash landing in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 where it had been believed that the remains of the disc-like spaceship and its occupants have been secretly shipped to a location in Nevada. And you guessed it, where else but Area 51. The incident could been a non-issue if not for the botched handling of the US Army by first issuing a press statement confirming what the locals have seen on July 1947and then later retracting it by saying the disc that crashed was just a weather balloon, cordoning the crash site, cleaning it up all while the press had been alerted to the site.
As late as 1994, the Pentagon released a cover-up report on CNN to say the crash was just a weather balloon in an attempt to finally end all speculation with exactly the opposite effect.