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Post by Rogue on Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:32 am

Satellite photos reveal new hangars being built at Area 51, the United States top-secret testing facility
AUGUST 10, 2014 11:05AM

WHAT’S going on in Area 51? The mysterious US government air base in the middle of nowhere is undergoing an expansion. But nobody knows why.

Aircraft enthusiasts have been watching this patch of Nevada desert for decades. It’s where the United States air force tests its most ultra-advanced, and ultra-secret, flying machines.

Many also believe it’s the home to a captured fleet of alien flying saucers.
Dreamland. Watertown. The Ranch. Whatever its name, the facility has entered common culture as Area 51 through a string of novels, movies, and far-fetched alien conspiracy theories.

Which may be why many people eagerly watch for every clue as to what may be going on in the dried-up lake bed.

Now, new satellite photos reveal ongoing construction work.



Area 51 ... New satellite photos reveal construction work at the US Air Force’s most secret air base. Source: Foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com Source: Supplied

At the very end of the complex weave of runways, taxiways, barracks and buildings is a new, massive structure.

Aviation website foxtrotalpha has turned the eye of its experts on the new facility in an effort to guess what it’s all about.

There are three main theories.

The first clue appeared in 2007: An enormous hangar was built at a time of extensive defence cutbacks. Rumours abounded — not least among them that a new super bomber was being tested as a replacement for the dark and ominous B-2 Stealth Bomber.

But the 2014 set of satellite photographs reveal yet another huge hanger has been built — this time unusually positioned at the very edge of the runway itself.

The 68.5m wide structure is far from the main facility itself, putting it out of view of most of Area 51’s workers.

What could be so secret as to be kept out of sight from those in Area 51 themselves?

And why would it be so close to the runway?

Foxtrot alpha’s writers speculate it may be an effort to keep a new aircraft safe from the prying eyes of Russian and Chinese satellite.

It offers ultra-quick access to the runway, allowing whatever aircraft is being tested to be rolled out and launched into the air in the increasingly narrow “windows” of opportunity between spy satellite passes.

It’s also where the aircraft could be quickly rolled if it suffers an unfortunate breakdown on the runway.

But authors themselves argue such an explanation seems implausible: If real, there would need to be emergency hideaway hangars at both ends of the runway.

Instead they have put forward a second possibility: They suspect it may be the home for an ultra-rapid response combat or spy aircraft: One which could be wheeled out and sent on its way towards hypersonic velocities in a matter of moments.

One such aircraft, conceded only as a “concept”, is Lockheed’s SR-72 — the replacement for the long decommissioned SR-72 “Blackbird”.

This aircraft is said to use a new but highly volatile propulsion system to punch it up to speeds never before seen. If so, this could explain the new Area 51 hangar’s remoteness.

There is also a third idea: It’s home to a new, super-stealthy special forces transport aircraft. The need for such an aircraft has been around for decades, the authors argue.

This may mean that demand has been met.

Such a low-observable aircraft could be capable of many missions from secretly refuelling stealth bombers to dropping supplies and equipment to spies.

But its most critical role would be to pick-up and rapidly deliver special forces units to crisis hot spots around the world — safe and unseen.

To keep such a deployment as secret as possible, such an aircraft would need to be loaded out of sight of prying satellite.

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Re: Area 51 'top-secret'

Post by Rockhopper on Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:52 am

Good ole 51. It will never live it down. It was the place where the first atomic bombs were built and has been the target of all kinds of wild theories since.

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Re: Area 51 'top-secret'

Post by Mordae on Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:01 am

And besides, to many people are watching the place for it to be a good "secret" base.  Laughing 

If there was anything there, it would have been moved out quite some time back.
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Post by Agartha on Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:45 am

I second Mordae......... to me area 51 is a diversion to the real secret base.

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Re: Area 51 'top-secret'

Post by Rockhopper on Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:01 am

@Agartha wrote:I second Mordae......... to me area 51 is a diversion to the real secret base.

Yup. I am sure of that too.

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