I can answer a FEW of these questions..
How big is area 51? I have no idea.. BIG.
Underground? This has come up in many topics some say yes some say no.. nobody is sure of it.
Larger then some states? I doubt it. Its not a "small" air force base its a huge air force base but not bigger then a state.
There was a lawsuit against area 51 for a toxic waste situation.
Read about it here
Who can forget the cammo dude strike "Security guards for 'nowhere' strike for contract, higher pay"
Read about it here
April 4, 1957:
A U-2 with radar spoofing equipment (#341, the first prototype) crashes during testing near Pioche, killing the pilot.
May 24, 1963:
An A-12 (#123) crashes due to pitot icing 14 miles south of Wendover, Utah. The pilot, Collins, survives.
July 9, 1964:
An A-12 (#133) crashes on final approach to Groom. The pilot, Park, ejects at an altitude of 500' and survives.
December 28, 1965:
An A-12 (#126) crashes immediately after takeoff from Groom. The pilot, Vojvodich ejects and survives.
July 30, 1966:
A D-21 drone is launched over Point Mugu, but strikes the A-12 (#135), destroying it. The two crew members eject, but one drowns before being pulled
from the sea. All future launches of D-21 were to be done by B-52s.
January 5, 1967:
An A-12 (#125) runs out of fuel 70 miles east of Groom and crashes. The pilot, Ray, ejects, but fails to seperate from the seat and is killed.
May 4, 1978:
The first Have Blue prototype (F-117A Stealth fighter) crashes at Groom after its landing gear is damaged and was unable to land.
July 11, 1979:
The second Have Blue prototype crashes 35 miles NW of Groom, due to an engine fire.
April 20, 1982:
The first production model of the F-117A crashes at Groom during Air Force acceptance tests.
April 26, 1984:
General Robert Bond is killed when the MIG 23 he was flying out of Groom crashes into Little Skull Mountain on the Nevada Test Site.
Government Coverup? The government has tryed to cover up many things and yes area 51 is one of them.
A Civilian infiltration? Not that i know of.. i doubt it
The most recent news on area 51? I dont know exactly.. but it was said to be that the base was moved.. some say it was others say it wasn't.. but i
doubt they will move.
Some usefull links..
Area 51 Timeline
Related Bases And Organizations
Hope this helps.
[edit on 20-3-2005 by ShadowMan]