For years, we have heard the tales. Area 51 is the nation’s most heavily guarded location. Trying to sneak over their borders will get you shot, and flying over, you’ll be shot out of the sky. With all the news of UFO activity in the area, and particularly on the base, many consider this part of Nellis Air Force Base to be impenetrable by civilians. Known officially as Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), the base was barely acknowledged as existing until 2013 when George Washington University scholars filed a formal request. Despite the base being developed in the 1950s.
Testing the theory and ultimately paying for the stunt at some point will be a 70-year-old man from California. Flying his privately owned plane in a slightly diagonal line around Emigrant Valley and Groom Lake inside Area 51, he announced his achievement to the Daily Caller via numerous voicemails. Verified by the publication with his tail number and open-source information, they tracked the plane along his path and confirmed him as the first one to accomplish this mission.
In his claims, the man stated he wanted to test “frequencies” throughout the flyover; he claimed he only saw deserts and mountains in his flyover. No UFO or alien activity was visible from his cockpit. He believes that despite their lack of interaction with his plane, the US military will be in contact with him, and the bureaucrats will pull and then hang on to his pilot’s license for an extended time too.
As it stands, the NTTR is classified as a Major Range Test Facility Base (MRTB). This means advanced military training and tactical directives are going on. Training and testing for the Departments of Defense and Energy (DoD; DoE) go on there extensively. For some of the most elite troops in the US military, this is where their training and testing is done, especially involving air-delivered munitions. While White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico is also well known for this, the NTTR does things on a whole other level.
In response to a Daily Caller request for a statement, the DoD and the DoE both had no comment, however, Nellis Air Force Base was more than happy to provide a canned response.
“There are several agencies that have jurisdiction over various parts of the Nevada Test and Training Range. The U.S. Air Force controls the airspace over the range and roughly 2.9 million acres of land withdrawn for military use. Various organizations, including the Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, and private towns such as Rachel also manage portions of the land.”
Continuing, the spokesman also said, “As a matter of practice, we do not discuss specific security measures. The Nevada Test and Training Range provides flexible, realistic, and multidimensional battlespace to test and develop tactics as well as conduct advanced training in support of U.S. national interests; any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged.”
Officially started in the 1950s for the testing of the B-2 bomber for the DoD, Area 51 has undergone numerous changes over the years. Later when it morphed into an offshoot and became the DoE, a 1958 land use order put it under their control and covered 60 square miles. With the Roswell UFO incident in 1947, many suspected the evidence was taken to Area 51 for safeguarding and storage.
In the 1990s, the Air Force put the Roswell UFO claims to “rest” by “proving” the original Federal theory of it being nothing more than a balloon research project, and alien bodies were just test dummies. On occasion, they were forced to admit they were the remains of Airmen who had been involved in “training accidents.”