Storming Area 51: What really goes on at the Air Force’s top-secret base? | IN 60 SECONDS


More than three million people have
signed up to storm Area 51 in September to “see them aliens”. There’s probably not
any men in black working with extraterrestrials in the Nevada desert,
what’s actually going on at Area 51 is even cooler. The Air Force originally
bought Area 51 to test the famous U-2 reconnaissance plane, often the source of
UFO sightings during the Cold War. It was later used to develop America’s first
operational stealth aircraft, the F-117 Nighthawk. The secretive southwest
training ranges have grown significantly over the years, and today they’re working
on bleeding-edge aircraft tech for the US military, like the new B-21 stealth
bomber and the X-37B space plane. These ranges also helped to develop the RQ-170
stealth drone — used to find bin Laden —and the RQ-180, it’s successor, of which no
pictures exist. Area 51 and its cousins are also crucial to testing a whole host
of revolutionary, unmanned combat drones to work with our current fighters — the
F-35 in F-22. So when the motherships do show up and Bill Pullman leads us into
battle, humanity’s best chance of victory lies in the aircraft being tested at
Area 51 today. What’s the coolest thing the Air Force is working on today? Let us know in our poll. Also, let us know what other topics you’d like our scholars to
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