posted on Jan, 16 2012 @ 05:01 PM
Jacobsen's book is full of factual errors as well as evidence of her fear and misunderstanding of nuclear issues. I wont go into all of the problems
with her book right now, but I will address a few issues.
First of all, there were no nuclear tests (explosions, rockets, etc.) at Area 51. The nuclear engine tests took place at Area 25 (Jackass Flat) near
the southern end of the Nevada Test Site. You can see the test stands today from Highway 95. I have toured the entire area several times, including
the test stands. Yes, a small rocket engine reactor was intentionally blown up for the purpose of measuring radiation levels for accident modeling,
and to develop clean-uptechniques. Remember, this is the Nevada Test Site where both above ground and underground full-scale nuclear explosions took
place, along with numerous smaller radiation experiments. The small reactor explosion would have been relatively inconsequential.
And they did not intentionally drop an unarmed nuclear bomb to see how bad the contamination would be, "and then just left it there." That is
nonsense. Project 57 - which took place in Area 13, about 5 miles northwest of Groom Lake - involved an XW-25 warhead on a fixed test stand. A single
detonator was fired, destroying the device and contaminating a a previously defined test area that was then used for developing clean-up techniques.
The results also provided information on potential nuclear weapon accidents, and allowed trained responders to practice containment and
Project OXCART was the A-12, not the SR-71. Evolutionary variants of the A-12 included the YF-12, M-21, and SR-71. A total of 50 airframes were built
including thirteen A-12s (one was a trainer), three YF-12s, two M-21s, and thrity-two SR-71s (three were trainers). Of these, a total of 20 were lost
in accidents including five A-12s, two YF-12s, one M-21, and twelve SR-71s. I have visited eight of the crash sites.