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4th Nov '17 12:39:08 PM DaibhidC
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* In the Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse WhatIf story ''Seeds of Dissent'', the facility (known only as "Groom Lake") was sold off by the US government to an eccentric investor to cover their debts. He then developed it into a rocket launch facility and used it to construct several cryogenic transport ships, including the ''SS Botany Bay'' [[spoiler: which a small crew used to escape [[BigBad Khan Noonien Singh's]] empire just before it finished [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]]]].

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* In the Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse WhatIf ''Literature/StarTrekMyriadUniverses'' story ''Seeds of Dissent'', the facility (known only as "Groom Lake") was sold off by the US government to an eccentric investor to cover their debts. He then developed it into a rocket launch facility and used it to construct several cryogenic transport ships, including the ''SS Botany Bay'' [[spoiler: which a small crew used to escape [[BigBad Khan Noonien Singh's]] empire just before it finished [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]]]].



* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', the Asgard are more or less the classic [[TheGreys Grey aliens]] associated with the site. Furthermore, the base is referred to often as one of the USAF's primary R&D bases regarding captured/acquired alien technology.
** It does become a major plot point in some episodes. In the series finale of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' [[spoiler:the Wraith kamikaze Area 51 to keep humans from fighting back with the technology stored there.]]
** It is also implied that prior to the Stargate Program, Area 51 was simply a top secret Air Force R&D base. This is probably due to the show being heavily BackedByThePentagon. The Stargate Wiki notes that it explicitly made clear that Area 51 didn't have any alien technology stored there until after the Stargate Program became active otherwise the show would have risked losing their collaboration with the U.S. Air Force.
** Additionally, the SGC is once referred to as Area 52.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' (more important place in the MythArc; also visited in episodes "Dreamland I & II", where we learn it's just a testing ground - "they build 'em up in Utah.")
** However, the planes being tested there are powered by [[AntiGravity gravity manipulation]] and, as a side effect, cause bystanders on the ground to either [[FreakyFridayFlip swap bodies]] or get [[AndIMustScream trapped phased partway through the nearest object]]... [[BodyHorror or person]].


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* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', the Asgard are more or less the classic [[TheGreys Grey aliens]] associated with the site. Furthermore, the base is referred to often as one of the USAF's primary R&D bases regarding captured/acquired alien technology.
** It does become a major plot point in some episodes. In the series finale of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' [[spoiler:the Wraith kamikaze Area 51 to keep humans from fighting back with the technology stored there.]]
** It is also implied that prior to the Stargate Program, Area 51 was simply a top secret Air Force R&D base. This is probably due to the show being heavily BackedByThePentagon. The Stargate Wiki notes that it explicitly made clear that Area 51 didn't have any alien technology stored there until after the Stargate Program became active otherwise the show would have risked losing their collaboration with the U.S. Air Force.
** Additionally, the SGC is once referred to as Area 52.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' (more important place in the MythArc; also visited in episodes "Dreamland I & II", where we learn it's just a testing ground - "they build 'em up in Utah.")
** However, the planes being tested there are powered by [[AntiGravity gravity manipulation]] and, as a side effect, cause bystanders on the ground to either [[FreakyFridayFlip swap bodies]] or get [[AndIMustScream trapped phased partway through the nearest object]]... [[BodyHorror or person]].
6th Aug '17 3:49:14 PM MadAnthony94
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* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' opens in [[ShoutOut Hanger 51]], including mention of Roswell. Additionally, we find out that TheArkOfTheCovenant is also stored there. It turns out this was the same warehouse it was brought to at the end of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.

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* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' opens in [[ShoutOut Hanger 51]], 51]] (presumably making it some strange composite of Area 51 and [[https://www.thoughtco.com/wright-patterson-afb-and-alien-technology-3293937 Hangar 18]]), including mention of Roswell. Additionally, we find out that TheArkOfTheCovenant is also stored there. It turns out this was the same warehouse it was brought to at the end of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
24th May '17 1:58:56 PM EDP
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* Dept. 51 in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' is the repository for recovered Evronian technology-and a lot more, as seen in an issue where boxes containing artifacts and data about previous alien contacts are seen.
15th Apr '17 2:07:51 PM Sleeping_Beauty
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* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' features 4 missions that are based on Area 51. There's also a multiplayer map named Area 52.
4th Apr '17 5:49:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''XMenEvolution'' features Area 51 as the area where the army hold the incapacitated mutants they kidnapped after the fight with the [[KillerRobot Sentinel]] in the season 2 finale.

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* ''XMenEvolution'' ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' features Area 51 as the area where the army hold the incapacitated mutants they kidnapped after the fight with the [[KillerRobot Sentinel]] in the season 2 finale.



* In ''[[PixarShorts Unidentified Flying Mater]]'', we get to see Parking Area 51.

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* In ''[[PixarShorts ''[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Unidentified Flying Mater]]'', we get to see Parking Area 51.
31st Mar '17 3:47:23 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'', Area 51 is where the stealth helicopters for the raid on OsamaBinLaden are being tested. Notable in that there is no mention of aliens whatsoever - it's just another wetworks base.

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* In ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'', Area 51 is where the stealth helicopters for the raid on OsamaBinLaden UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden are being tested. Notable in that there is no mention of aliens whatsoever - it's just another wetworks base.
8th Mar '17 9:30:08 AM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/IceStation'' by MatthewReilly mentions that UFO storage facilities have been built in the Nevada desert. [[spoiler: They've remained completely empty.]]

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* ''Literature/IceStation'' by MatthewReilly Creator/MatthewReilly mentions that UFO storage facilities have been built in the Nevada desert. [[spoiler: They've remained completely empty.]]
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.
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