During World War II, the United States government deliberately spread rumors about the existence of this base and implied that the facilities present on it were a major Red Matter technology development site, in order to use it as a red herring to protect and draw attention away from the actual research facilities in Montana and near Union City, Wyoming.
During the Cold War, this facility assisted in the development of the ACS-1 Citadel-class aerial battleship by serving as one of the landing destinations for the first several experimental flights. The prototype, the USS Citadel, successfully executed its first glide-in landing here in late 1989.
In the modern day, the facility continues to test prototype aircraft alongside Edwards Air Force Base (its parent military base) as well as being a site for monitoring outer space activity, with powerful telescope arrays and satellite dish equipment.
Locations and Features Edit
Groom Lake Edit
- Four conventional airstrips, and a fifth extended and widened airstrip for Citadel landings.
Area 51 Facilities proper Edit
- Aircraft prototype storage hangars
- Wind tunnel testing facilities
- Security checkpoints and fighter storage and maintenance bays
Salt flats Edit
- Area 51 Telescope Array
- Explosive Ordinance Testing Zone