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A pilot has again shared photos of Area 51 and other top secret installations on the Nevada Test and Training Range after receiving permission to fly through highly restricted airspace.
He took photos showing Area 51 and secretive Tonopah Test Range Airport in stunning detail
At Area 51, a mysterious massive hangar that was under construction in April is now gone
Area 51 is seen from the north in new photos of the facility taken by pilot Gabriel Zeifman in late May
Few outsiders have ever gotten a glimpse of Area 51 with their own eyes, but Zeifman is the rare exception
Another view of Area 51 from the east is seen from Zeifman's flyby past the facility in early July
A huge hangar that was seen under construction in April appeared to be gone by July
Video released by Zeifman shows Nellis ATC warning him not to enter The Box but allowing him to fly directly alongside the truly restricted border.
Zeifman's new images, shot in late May and early July, show that a massive new hangar that was under construction in April now appears to have been taken down. It's possible that the structure was only a temporary frame covered with canvas, intended for short-term use. The new photos also show what appears to be ongoing construction work moving earth at the southwest corner of the facility.
Zeifman received permission from air traffic controllers to pass through Nellis Range airspace because it was 'cold', meaning no military flights were taking place. Pictured: Area 51 is seen in early July
Even from outside of Area 51 airspace, Zeifman was able to catch a glimpse of the secretive Air Force facility
Another massive hangar sits isolated on the far southern edge of Area 51 in April. It has been there for several years
'It's definitely interesting flying in the area, all the history out there and the current activities that take place (testing, and exercises such at Red Flag with all the US military branches and NATO allies),' Zeifman said.
Details of everything that takes place at Area 51 are classified as top secret, and the intense secrecy around the facility has led to widespread conspiracy theories that it is used to store captured or crashed UFOs.
Area 51 is seen in the distance next to partially flooded Groom Lake in a view from Zeifman's Cessna 150 in April
Zeifman also captured images of the Tonopah Test Range Airport (above in April), a major military airfield within the NTTR
To the left of the runways at Toponah sit hangars that have housed F-117A Nighthawks and stealth drones
Toponah (above) was also once the home of a classified squadron of test pilots who flew captured Soviet MiG fighters
Zeifman explained that he had been careful to receive permission for his flights through the highly restricted airspace. The consequences otherwise could have been disastrous. As for any national security implications of sharing the images, it is worth noting that Russia can and does fly directly over Area 51 with sophisticated reconnaissance planes under the Open Skies Treaty.