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CIA declassifies covert details on the secretive Area 51

Dara Kerr
CNET [1]
August 16, 2013

When U-2 spy planes first soared over Nevada in 1955, they flew higher than any other plane ever: 60,000 feet. The development and construction of the vessels were part of a top-secret CIA operative in the remote desert of Nevada known as Area 51.

When people who lived nearby saw the sleek planes — far above, glinting in the sun — they had no idea what they were. And naturally, it became widely believed they were UFOs carrying aliens [2].

Many of the details and history around Area 51 and U-2 planes were recently declassified by the CIA and revealed to the public on Thursday. This information comes via a 355-page report (PDF) [3] titled “The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954 – 1974,” which the National Security Archive got the CIA to declassify under the Freedom of Information Act.

Now, many conspiracy theories could be debunked.

Full story here. [1]