posted on Jul, 21 2004 @ 05:32 PM
Gaining access is actually easy. I visited Tanopah and Area 51 a couple of years ago. While the main entrance, the one most people visit, would be
impossible to get though (since they have security waiting for you at the boarder), there is another entrance about 2 to 4 (sorry, can't remember
exactly and I've since lost my map) miles outside of the town of Rachel. You can find maps to said entrance at the Little Ale'inn (sp?) in Rachel.
The entrance is supposedly the "back" way in, and is secured by two guardhouses and a fence. At this particular entrance, you don't have a truck,
or Jeep ready to pounce, and I have actually walked down the side of the thin barbed wire fence for some photos. While I'm sure there is an
assortment of cameras, sensors, and everything else imaginable at this entrance, the point is you can get through pretty easily. Thus gaining access
is easy, however, staying on the land, and advancing any further toward the base would be suicide. I know several ranchers who have been given heavy
fines for accidently crossing the boundry of the base, where they indeed where stopped very quickly and taken to the local sheriff's office
for questioning and such. Keep in mind the base is quite old, and the boundry markers arn't what they probably should be in terms of quality. As
everyone knows use of deadly force is authorized on the base, but shouldn't be used unless the situation absolutly calls for it. A couple planes have
accidently entered the airspace, which as I remember, but I won't say for a fact, is designated as airspace of either Nellis AFB or Tanopah... These
planes where escorted by jets out of the airspace... However that information is second hand only. My point here is, while it is indeed fun to imagine
what it might be like to get inside, there is no way possible of doing it... Even along the road as you near the entrance there are weight sensors and
cameras. A local of Rachel Nevada whom I met during my visit, Chuck Clark, was investigated, and many of his belongings where taken in a search and
seizure by the FBI after he dug up one such sensor (though he put it back). I'm sure by searching Google the story must be someplace on the web.
Anyways, sorry for the long post, and for the fact that I am posting so long after the original posts where made, I just joined. If there is any
inaccuracy in any of what I said, please do correct me. Regards.