posted on Dec, 9 2012 @ 08:18 AM
More on the name 'Area 51':
Lockheed couldn't call it by its official name Watertown because that was classified. So Kelly Johnson made up a nickname for the site, calling it
'Paradise Ranch' in order to entice employees to come work at a place that was a) hotter than hell in the summer; b) colder than dry ice in the
winter; and c) hasn't seen a drop of water for hundreds of thousand of years, except when it rains.
Apparently it worked. Employees were given the choice to live at the site or to commute by aircraft from Palmdale - and later Las Vegas - coming to
work Monday morning, staying in dorm-like facilities through the week, and returning home Friday evening. Well, OK, Friday around noon. They don't
call Lockheed "The Lazy L" for nothing.
When Project Aquatone was completed and the U-2's became operational, activity at Watertown declined for a while but never totally went away. Given
the success of the U-2, the CIA opened Project Oxcart and Johnson and his crew began work on the next generation of recce aircraft, the Archangel 12
or just 'A-12'. This bird was a single-seat precursor to both the Air Force twin-seat YF-12 and the CIA's 'Strategic Reconnaissance 71', or
SR-71, and nicknamed the Blackbird. I've seen this aircraft fly; there's nothing else like it in the world.
Somewhere in the mix, employees nicknamed the facility 'The Dreamland Resort', later shortened to Dreamland. This was also a publicity ploy to get
new suckers to come there, and because it was a place where dreams came true.
To the best of my knowledge, no one ever called it 'The Box'. Rather, this is a pilot's designation for the restricted airspace above and around
the facility, R-4808N. This airspace has also been called 'The Container' and sometimes 'No-Man's Air'. It extends from the ground to the
heavens, 24/7. As with Tonopah Test Range, aircraft failing to heed warnings to avoid or leave the area WILL be air-escorted out by fighter jets based
at Groom, and as a last resort, blown out of the sky. Presumably, that's never happened - at least not that I'm aware - but the authorization
In any case, the Government is absolutely correct and accurate when they say they do not have a base called 'Area 51'. That's not what it's
called, even by the CIA. Officially, the site is today called the Air Force Flight Test Center, Detachment 3, and is run out of Edwards. It's also
referred to as Det 3, 'The Ranch' (from Kelly Johnson's original nickname Paradise Ranch), the Groom Lake Facility, Groom Lake, Groom Dry Lake,
Home Base, Watertown Strip, Homey Field, and just plain Homey.
The base is alive and well, thriving, growing and expanding, and staffed to seemingly ever-increasing levels.
Notions of aliens, ET spacecraft, plasma fields, Ununpentium (which was really and truly been synthesized at Lawrence Livermore in 2003, but has a
half-life of well less than a second), time-travel, and warp-drives are ill-conceived, to put it politely. Bob Lazar's idea of a hidden hangar doors
over by Papoose can be pretty easily dissuaded by any five-year-old running Google Earth (there are only two roads that go near Papoose, both of them
dirt, both of them unused for decades, and both of them barely 4WD trails).
Yes, Groom experiments with new propulsion systems, but they're not anything 'radically advanced' - anybody with a third of a brain has probably
heard of them. And yes, there ARE tunnels into the nearby mountain - you can find them if you look close enough with GE, and I think there are even
pics posted here or at DreamlandResort - and there ARE underground working facilities. But there are underground facilities at office buildings and
shopping malls too. They're called by the (Top Secret) designation 'Parking Lots' - but you'd need an SCI/PL clearance to use them.
All of the active runways are in plain view; there are no hidden trap doors, no space elevators, no Star-Trek-like transporters, or 'Cheshire
Runways', although the runway over on Yucca Flat (not associated with Groom) used to be sprinkled with water to make the markings more visible. But
that was in the 60's when they didn't want people taking pictures from outer space to see what was going on.
And yes, there is a 'massive conspiracy' to keep the work at Groom out of public (and foreign) sight. It's called 'secrecy'; it keeps our country
in business and ahead of the competition.
That is all.