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19th Nov '16 5:12:16 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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A top-secret United States Air Force base in the Nevada desert...until 2013, when it was [[http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/15/us/area-51-documents/ revealed to be a test site for spy planes]]. (Unless that's what They want you to think, of course.)

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A top-secret United States Air Force base in the Nevada desert... until 2013, when it was [[http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/15/us/area-51-documents/ revealed to be a test site for spy planes]]. (Unless that's what They want you to think, of course.)



The secrecy surrounding the base makes it a tempting subject for real-life conspiracy theorists and SpeculativeFiction writers alike. Some stories make an important plot point of the true goings-on in Area 51, while others just allude to it as a HistoricalInJoke. Proof of how evil and devious the complex is can be seen in how intruders are dealt with; using a system of buried motion sensors and guys in jeeps, they, um...Well, they [[BoringButPractical call the Lincoln County Sheriff, who escorts the intruders back outside]].

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The secrecy surrounding the base makes it a tempting subject for real-life conspiracy theorists and SpeculativeFiction writers alike. Some stories make an important plot point of the true goings-on in Area 51, while others just allude to it as a HistoricalInJoke. Proof of how evil and devious the complex is can be seen in how intruders are dealt with; using a system of buried motion sensors and guys in jeeps, they, um... Well, they [[BoringButPractical call the Lincoln County Sheriff, who escorts the intruders back outside]].



* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' during an episode involving conspiracy theories, Eliot and Hardison convinces [[NoSocialSkills Parker]] that there isn't an Area 51 (or at least that any conspiracies about it aren't true), but Area ''52'' on the other hand...

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* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' during an episode involving conspiracy theories, Eliot and Hardison convinces [[NoSocialSkills Parker]] that there isn't an Area 51 (or at least that any conspiracies about it aren't true), but Area ''52'' on the other hand... hand....



** Also it's alluded to that the so-called alien 'Greys' were being used to distract the conspiracy theorists from something even worse, although that does raise the question as to where they got the anti-matter reactor, if not the aliens...

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** Also it's alluded to that the so-called alien 'Greys' were being used to distract the conspiracy theorists from something even worse, although that does raise the question as to where they got the anti-matter reactor, if not the aliens...aliens....
12th Nov '16 4:54:59 AM Doug86
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* Most novels by DaleBrown involve HAWC, the High Technology Aerospace Weapons Center, located at Groom Lake. No aliens, just top secret Air Force projects.

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* Most novels by DaleBrown Creator/DaleBrown involve HAWC, the High Technology Aerospace Weapons Center, located at Groom Lake. No aliens, just top secret Air Force projects.
18th Oct '16 8:20:34 PM YT45
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In RealLife, Area 51 is an Air Force base of some kind (in the middle of another base's bombing range, no less), officially known as the US Air Force Flight Test Center, and also known by the nicknames Groom Lake (for the dry lakebed the runways are on), Dreamland and Neverland. The more popular nickname stems from the naming system for areas involved in the Nevada atomic weapons testing; "Area-XX" was the default system for naming regions within or near the testing range, and the base was located in "Area 51" according to this system. The location was chosen due to the lakebed, which made an ideal landing strip when Lockheed Martin needed to relocate its Skunk Works; the base has the longest purpose-built runway in the world, though it appears to have been partially decommissioned following the U-2 spyplane project. It's been used in the past to test [[CoolPlane extremely secret experimental aircraft]][[note]]It was part of AQUATONE, the U-2 spyplane program; OXCART, the early stages of the A-12[=/=]SR-71 project; and HAVE BLUE, the project that ultimately created the F-117 Nighthawk.[[/note]], which is probably the source of some of the rumors. What's going on there now (if anything) is way beyond your security clearance, and US maps as well as Google Maps (but not Google Earth, oddly enough) just show a big blank over the area. The closest anyone has gotten to revealing what goes on at Area 51 was a lawsuit brought by workers at the base due to unsafe conditions -- apparently, Area 51 has NoOSHACompliance -- but the suit was thrown out of court when the state secrets privilege was invoked. It has been pointed out by many that the government has to develop secret (from other governments) projects ''somewhere'', even if those projects have nothing to do with otherworldly things.

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In RealLife, Area 51 is an Air Force base of some kind (in the middle of another base's an area officially designated as a bombing range, no less), officially known as the US Air Force Flight Test Center, and also known by the nicknames Groom Lake (for the dry lakebed the runways are on), Dreamland and Neverland.Neverland. It is one of several remote facilities that make up the massive complex of Nellis Air Force Base. The more popular nickname stems from the naming system for areas involved in the Nevada atomic weapons testing; "Area-XX" was the default system for naming regions within or near the testing range, and the base was located in "Area 51" according to this system. The location was chosen due to the lakebed, which made an ideal landing strip when Lockheed Martin needed to relocate its Skunk Works; the base has the longest purpose-built runway in the world, though it appears to have been partially decommissioned following the U-2 spyplane project. It's been used in the past to test [[CoolPlane extremely secret experimental aircraft]][[note]]It was part of AQUATONE, the U-2 spyplane program; OXCART, the early stages of the A-12[=/=]SR-71 project; and HAVE BLUE, the project that ultimately created the F-117 Nighthawk.[[/note]], which is probably the source of some of the rumors. What's going on there now (if anything) is way beyond your security clearance, and US maps as well as Google Maps (but not Google Earth, oddly enough) just show a big blank over the area. The closest anyone has gotten to revealing what goes on at Area 51 was a lawsuit brought by workers at the base due to unsafe conditions -- apparently, Area 51 has NoOSHACompliance -- but the suit was thrown out of court when the state secrets privilege was invoked. It has been pointed out by many that the government has to develop secret (from other governments) projects ''somewhere'', even if those projects have nothing to do with otherworldly things.



[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulce_Base Dulce Base]], a similar underground government base in northwestern New Mexico, has begun to take the place of Area 51 in the conspiracy theorist/UFO enthusiast circles as the shroud of secrecy surrounding the latter has faded. Indeed, some go as far as to claim that Area 51 conspiracy theories are all just disinformation designed to focus people's attention on a fairly non-exotic facility. So far, it's presumed that Dulce is actually just an urban legend. Then again, Area 51 was thought to be an urban legend until the Soviet Union released satellite pictures of it.

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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulce_Base Dulce Base]], a similar underground government base in northwestern New Mexico, has begun to take the place of Area 51 in the conspiracy theorist/UFO enthusiast circles as the shroud of secrecy surrounding the latter has faded. Indeed, some go as far as to claim that Area 51 conspiracy theories are all just disinformation designed to focus people's attention on a fairly non-exotic facility. Given that the Groom Lake facility is visible from the Nellis perimeter fence, they may have a point about it being a less-than-perfect base for things we aren't supposed to see. So far, it's presumed that Dulce is actually just an urban legend. Then again, Area 51 was thought to be an urban legend until the Soviet Union released satellite pictures of it.
24th Jul '16 8:43:04 AM ZimFan89
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* The third book in the ''Literature/NemesisSaga'', ''Project 731'', reveals that Area 51 is the location of the ElaborateUndergroundBase used as the headquarters of [[NebulousEvilOrganization G.O.D.]]
22nd Jun '16 3:52:11 AM gewunomox
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* Music/{{Pixies}}' "The Happening" is all about human-alien encounters. The opening line is "They got a ranch they call Number Fifty-One".

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* Music/{{Pixies}}' Music/ThePixies' "The Happening" is all about human-alien encounters. The opening line is "They got a ranch they call Number Fifty-One".
17th Jun '16 9:37:34 PM Doug86
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* Lot 51 (Army Corps of Engineers Secret Base, Nevada) makes a brief appearance in the DCComics {{Elseworld}} ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]: Age of Wonder'', as an excuse for making [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] a test pilot when ''officially'' airplanes haven't been invented yet. And they ''do'' have an alien corpse there; the previous ringwielder, who looks more like a [[TheGreys Grey]] than Abin Sur.

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* Lot 51 (Army Corps of Engineers Secret Base, Nevada) makes a brief appearance in the DCComics Creator/DCComics {{Elseworld}} ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]: Age of Wonder'', as an excuse for making [[Comicbook/GreenLantern [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] a test pilot when ''officially'' airplanes haven't been invented yet. And they ''do'' have an alien corpse there; the previous ringwielder, who looks more like a [[TheGreys Grey]] than Abin Sur.
3rd May '16 12:55:45 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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[[caption-width-right:300:[[IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou We could show you a picture, but then we'd have to kill you.]][[note]]Go look for it on Google Earth yourself.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:[[IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou We could show you a picture, but then we'd have to kill you.]][[note]]Go ]] Go look for it on Google Earth yourself.[[/note]]]]
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A top-secret United States Air Force base in the Nevada desert... until 2013, when it was [[http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/15/us/area-51-documents/ revealed to be a test site for spy planes.]] (Unless that's what They want you to think, of course.)

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A top-secret United States Air Force base in the Nevada desert... until 2013, when it was [[http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/15/us/area-51-documents/ revealed to be a test site for spy planes.]] planes]]. (Unless that's what They want you to think, of course.)



[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulce_Base Dulce Base]], a similar underground government base in northwestern New Mexico, has begun to take the place of Area 51 in the conspiracy theorist/UFO enthusiast circles as the shroud of secrecy surrounding the latter has faded. Indeed, some go as far as to claim that Area 51 conspiracy theories are all just disinformation designed to focus people's attention on a fairly non-exotic facility. So far, it's presumed that Dulce is actually just an urban legend. Then again, Area 51 was thought to be an urban legend, right up until the Soviet Union released satellite taken photographs of it...

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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulce_Base Dulce Base]], a similar underground government base in northwestern New Mexico, has begun to take the place of Area 51 in the conspiracy theorist/UFO enthusiast circles as the shroud of secrecy surrounding the latter has faded. Indeed, some go as far as to claim that Area 51 conspiracy theories are all just disinformation designed to focus people's attention on a fairly non-exotic facility. So far, it's presumed that Dulce is actually just an urban legend. Then again, Area 51 was thought to be an urban legend, right up legend until the Soviet Union released satellite taken photographs pictures of it...
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22nd Feb '16 9:07:49 PM Dravencour
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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' uses Area 51 for research on the alien invaders.
22nd Feb '16 9:06:13 PM Dravencour
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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' uses Area 51 for research on the alien invaders.
13th Feb '16 4:45:33 AM priestessofdan
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* When the rest of the League goes looking for the ComicBook/MartianManhunter in ''ComicBook/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}: A Midsummer's Nightmare'', hoping he'll help them undo Know Man and Dcotor Destiny's {{Reality Warper}}ing, they find him in what's was supposed to be implied to be Area 51, {{artistic license|Geography}} was taken as the site of the gate sets it in Roswell.

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* When the rest of the League goes looking for the ComicBook/MartianManhunter in ''ComicBook/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}: A Midsummer's Nightmare'', hoping he'll help them undo Know Man and Dcotor Doctor Destiny's {{Reality Warper}}ing, [[RealityWarper reality warping]], they find him in what's was supposed to be implied to be Area 51, {{artistic license|Geography}} was taken as the site of the gate sets it in Roswell.
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