5 Area 51 Facts That Began As Conspiracy Theories

By Duane Beckett
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When it comes to Area 51 facts, we know very little:

  1. We know it is a real (albeit secret) base.
  2. That it is in Lincoln County, Nevada.
  3. And finally, that it’s one of the most secure places on the planet.

What we don’t know is whether the weird and wonderful stories surrounding it are true:

And, considering its secrecy, these are the 5 most interesting Area 51 facts that’ll give you pause for thought.

Are UFOs from another planet, dimension, or cutting-edge human technology?

The fake moon landing theory

One of the lesser-known conspiracy theories attached to Area 51 is that the moon landing was faked at the base.

And who doesn’t have an opinion or theory on the moon landing?

Amazingly, many people, including experts, point to anomalies in shadows, flag position, radiation, and technology of that era…

However, what we find most eye-opening is that some conspiracy theorists believe legendary American filmmaker Stanely Kubrick helped create the hoax.

This conspiracy was so hot at one point his daughter, Vivian Kubrick had to rubbish the claims:

In our opinion, this glosses over the real fact: there was a space race with Russia, and early on Russia was winning.

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Area 51 has been there for a long time

Area 51 was established in 1955 for military work. It was seen as an ideal spot for testing new aircraft and training pilots.

Since then, a radar test facility was added in 1959 and countless hangers have been built.

Yet, the most amazing fact is that in 1972, Area 51 got its very own private flight path from Las Vegas. This airline is called “Janet”, an apparently classified U.S. Airforce fleet used to move scientists to secret bases.

Since 1972 the Janet Airlines fleet has grown from a single Douglas DC-6 to six Boeing 767-600s (that’s a lot of scientists and bases).

Obama was the first president to say “Area 51” publicly

Area 51 might be the most famous secret base in the United States. Yet, up until Barack Obama, no United States President had ever uttered the words “Area 51” in public.

Sadly for conspiracy theorists, President Obama said “Area 51” only as a joke, at the annual Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in 2013.

Yet, considering social media, it’s a surprise no government or military officials had to follow up the President’s joke with justification, explanation, or anything else.

Regardless, this was a big confirmation by the Commander and Chief.

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The theory of UFOs

The most common theory attached to Area 51 is that it is a testing spot for reversed alien technology:

However, one fact that continues to be overlooked is that Area 51 is meant to be a secret base!

The irony is that we all know where it is, and that it is a testing facility for new aircraft technology. So, surely this could be why so many strange and unusual sights are seen over the base?

If considered rationally, new high-tech planes or unmanned drones could look like UFOs.

Robert Lazar exposed Area 51

Before the interview of Robert or Bob Lazar in 1989, no one really knew about Area 51. This interview shined a light on the base in the same way Roswell did.

Lazar in his interview claimed that he used to work in Area 51. He told the host that Area 51 is a place where extraterrestrial activities are studied and that it had recovered alien space crafts.

What makes this conspiracy theory become intriguing is that in 1989 Bob Lazar spoke about a material called Element 115 which did not exist then…

It has since been added to the periodic table (amongst other technology Lazar spoke about like hand-scanners).

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