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The truth about Area 51?

area51Today’s LA Times has a story which purports to explain the truth (or should that be “Truth”?) behind that Holy Grail of conspiracy theories, Area 51, and it’s almost as improbable as the crazy talk of flying saucers and alien technology. That crashed UFO? A disk shaped, Lockheed-designed stealth aircraft called OXCART. Those reports of secret engineering? True, but they were reverse-engineering Soviet technology. And there’s even sodium pentathol-fuelled interrogations and men in black dumping drug-addled test pilots on their wives’ doorsteps. And why are we hearing this now? Because the US Government wants to set the record straight. Hmm.

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  1. Just stumbled across this by accident and I am interested, not that I can prove or disprove anything. This subject has always fascinated me given that the alleged crashes occurred the same year I was born. My D.O.B 1/12/47 I do believe that of all the other worlds out there it is almost certain there is intelligent life somewhere, odds are favorable.

    July 13, 2010
  2. Matt Grabon #

    Oxcart wasn’t a flying disc. It was the first spy plane to fly over the U.S.S.R.

    January 31, 2012
    • I was just paraphrasing the article, which describes OXCART as having a “wide, disk-like fuselage”. Perhaps not quite the same as “disk shaped” but not far off, surely? Though having now looked at the WIkipedia page about the project I can see why you object to the description (as well as wondering why the journalist described something so obviously not disk shaped as disk shaped):

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_A-12

      January 31, 2012

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