Secrets at Groom Lake

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Secrets at Groom Lake

Groom Lake; or, as it has been most commonly known as for years

now, Area 51, has been shrouded in a blanket of secrecy since its

beginning. Yet, it has been featured in nationwide television, and

written about in daily newspapers and magazines worldwide. We've

all heard the rumors about extra-terrestrials, we've seen the movies

surrounding the idea of what the world thinks goes on there, but the

majority of us really don't have a clue about what it is, where it is, or

what goes on there. Take me, for instance, I've always had a sliver of

interest in Area 51. The interest deepened though, when a few years ago

I woke up at two o'clock in the morning and listened to a radio show.

The topic of this show, Coast to Coast, was, "what goes on at Area 51?"

After a few minutes, a man called in and claimed to have worked at

Area 51.

Following a few initial questions by the host, the man began

to tell his story to America. Before he could though, he screamed and

the line went dead. Now, I don't know what happened there, but what

I do know is that at the time I didn't know that the Groom Lake

installation is really a top-secret military air base.

In 1955, the CIA had a top secret spy plane design by Skunk Works

named project "Angel"; the design was for the legendary Lockheed

U-2. But what they didn't have was a secure area for testing the plane

far away from curious eyes. So Tony Levier, Skunk Works' top test

pilot was sent out to scout such a location in the desert Southwest. The

site he chose was a dry desolated lakebed called Groom Lake. Which

proved to...