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Anyone with half a brain knew that government was not going to leave captured Alien hardware lying around a place that was quickly becoming as infamous as it had been secret. Once Robert Lazar and other whistle blowers came forward, there was little doubt that most of good stuff would be or was already in process of being moved elsewhere. Given that, Government had some tough choices to make about Area 51.
Despite a land grab that was designed to keep curious away from Groom Lake, area quickly became focus of everyone from mildly interested tourists to dedicated UFO researchers alike. Over past decade, new photos of property available from photo sneaks and private eyes in sky have shown improved roads and new buildings. Because we know so little about property, itís difficult to say what that kind of expansion means.
While we all assume that most of what happens in and around Groom Lake has to do with advanced aircraft testing, itís important to remember that secret nature of property also makes it a prime place for government research into almost anything they donít want you to know about. Given information provided to me by UFO Test Pilot group previously mentioned, I believe that Area 51 may be moving in a new and very unexpected direction. An already successful Base model may aid that direction.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is home to U.S. Air Force Museum and a lot more. A huge facility, it is easily accessible from several Interstate Highways and convenient local roads. The very public side of Base in form of Air Force Museum hides a very private side as well. Itís no big secret that some of most important and secret research conducted by Air Force has been and continues to be carried out there. Hide in plain site seems to be their motto.
Alleged home of legendary Hangar 18, Wright-Patterson was at least one destination of some material from 1947 Roswell UFO crash. Many believe that one or more captured Alien spacecrafts have been brought, studied and possibly stored there over years. Home to exotic Air Force agencies of past and present like Project Bluebook and Foreign Technology Division, many consider Wright-Patterson to be very heart of Air Force.
During early 1990s, a television news crew was allowed access to some of areas underneath base. Although access was severely limited, their camera work revealed existence of underground tunnels, vaults and storage areas. These could simply be bunkers with a few connecting passages, but maps and documents leaked out over years seem to indicate a large number of interconnecting underground facilities beneath base. None of this seems to have affected ability of Wright-Patterson AFB to host foreign military visitors, national and international dignitaries and general public.
It has worked with Wright-Patterson, so why not Area 51? If UFO Pilots are correct, parts of Area 51 may soon be open to public. How open and which parts remain to be seen. Will they follow Disney model of opening a Welcome Center before anything else is ready? If such a plan exists, only select parts of Area 51 will be available for public visitation. After all, every major division of U.S. Military and various U.S. Government agencies are represented there.
If we are to believe our own eyes, satellite photos indicate that quite a bit of building has gone on since Area 51 first came to publicís attention. Itís a given that some of it has to involve underground construction as well. After all, place already has a reputation for hosting deep underground bunkers, tunnels and research areas. It would be logical to assume that Nevada heat and need for secrecy would create certainty of utilizing space below ground in as many practical ways as possible.
Apart from quiet mutterings of UFO Pilots and other insiders, making Area 51 a place for public visitation would be a brilliant move from a publicity standpoint. At a time when many people in USA either love or hate military, opening Area 51 might have a very positive effect on public perception. Although I do not see any sign of UFO cover-up lifting, opening Base and exposing conventional side of Area 51 story would allow us all access to some level of forbidden history.
Most government insiders fail to recognize value of Ďcoming cleaní about past secrets. Whenever that happens, there is always a rise in level of confidence people have in their government and military. Itís almost ridiculous that there are still classified documents that have never been released to public dating back to days before World War I. Most classified document researchers believe that it may be at least fifty to well over one hundred more years before even a small number of many secret files from World War II time period are released.
When Area 51 became target of investigative journalists and UFO researchers, it also became a place with new security concerns. There can be little doubt that at least a few of many thousands of people who have taken bus tours or day trips out to very edge of property have had other agendas. Some may have been foreign operatives. Others could have been potential terrorists. Either way, no secret facility could ever survive kind of scrutiny leveled at Groom Lake test facility for very long.
Area 51 faces an enemy greater then foreign agents or investigative journalists. That enemy is expansion. While government still owns or controls most of land area in Nevada, southwestern housing boom is bringing people ever closer to governmentís front door. Despite environmental concerns, alleged water and electricity shortages and economic slowdowns, permanent housing and all support structures that come with it are moving ever closer every year. Whether Area 51 has become a victim of whistleblowers, housing boom or is just a white elephant facility that has outlived its usefulness, itís a given that changes will come. Considering infamous nature of Base, it would be unlikely that such a facility would merely become a place reclaimed by natural Nevada landscape. It would either become a series of smaller units inside a large multi-use property that could be sectioned off for government use, or become adapted to include an area that public would be able to visit. I suspect it will be latter.
A native New Yorker now living in Arizona, Bill Knell is a forty-something guy with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He's written hundreds of articles offer advice on a wide variety of subjects.