posted on Sep, 1 2005 @ 11:25 AM
Lamagraa posted a satellite image above to illustrate the mysterious "underground hangars." These are not hangars at all. They are bunkers in the
weapons storage area for the Groom Lake Facility (popularly known as Area 51, its name from 1958 to 1979).
Area 51 had nothing to do with nuclear testing. Those tests were conducted on the Nevada Test Site southwest of Area 51. One "safety experiment"
(plutonium dispersal test) was conducted in Area 13, just five miles northwest of Area 51.
The longest runway at Groom Lake was originally built as an 8,500-foot concrete strip with a 5,000-foot asphalt safety overrun. It was extended on the
south end in the 1980s due to flooding on the north end of the concrete strip. Only the part south of the dry lakebed was considered active runway.
The rest was simply for emergency use. Now, that strip is entirely closed. The new 13,000-foot parallel strip to the east took its place in the
There have been many posts, on this and other forums, regarding the Google satellite images. The most common errors seem to involve the boundaries of
"Area 51." People are attributing all sorts of features to Area 51 that are way beyond the boundaries. These "startling mystery features" are
usually craters and facilities on the Nevada Test Site, bombing targets on the Nevada Test and Training Range (formerly Nellis Air Force Range) and
Tonopah Test Range, and the Penoyer Farms alfalfa fields near the town of Rachel.