posted on Oct, 11 2015 @ 10:21 AM
a reply to: gariac
This took place on October 9. The panel was moderated by KLAS-TV investigative reporter George Knapp. Speakers included:
Gene Poteat, a retired senior CIA official, discussing the U-2 and its role in the Cold War.
Dr. David Robarge, CIA Historian, gave a presentation on the A-12 OXCART program.
Thornton "T.D." Barnes, retired Area 51 radar technician, talked about his experience with reverse engineering Soviet fighter planes during project
Have Doughnut and Have Drill/Ferry.
Peter Merlin, author and historian, describing some of the later stealth programs as well as separating the reality from many of the mythes
surrounding Area 51.
At the conclusion of the panel discussion, the speakers took questions from the audience (which included a number of retired Area 51 personnel, a
former F-117A pilot, and others). This event followed the bi-annual reunion of the Roadrunners (an Area 51 veterans organization) that featured
several book signings at the National Atomic Testing Museum and representatives from the CIA employee store.They had some nice goodies, but I have
been to the actual store at CIA Headquarters and can tell you that this was just a sampling. Perhaps most ironic, they were selling an Area 51 T-shirt
with an insignia designed by Glenn Campbell and Jim Goodall, the two people who caused the government the most headaches on this topic in the
mid-1990s. Those who arrived early enough were able to visit the Museum's "Area 51: Myth o=r reality?" exhibit, which contains a large number of
artifacts, photos, maps, and video interviews.