Conspiracy theorists and ordinary people have given a lot of possible origin of the name Area 51, and the most popular involves where the facility is located. Area 51 borders the Nevada Test Site (NTS), which is used by the AEC as testing grounds for nuclear bombs. Mapped as a grid of squares, the NTS is numbered from 1 to 30 with a few omissions. Area 51 is not part of the grid but borders Area 15. Many say that the site got its name from changing the order of 1 and 5.
While Area 51 has already been declassified, people at the facility should sign a secrecy oath, whether military or civilian. All employees and/or contractors can’t see anything not related to their work at the facility as all the buildings don’t have windows, the shortest way to describe it is compartmentalized. It is believed by conspiracy theorists that different teams would work on the same projects at the same time. Every time a test of an aircraft is conducted, officials order employees, who are not involved of the activity, to stay inside until test flight is over or when the aircraft returns to its hanger.
In December 1977, the Lockheed Blue prototype stealth fighter first flew at Groom. Lockheed Corporation’s Advanced Development Projects was awarded by the Air Force for a full-scale development contract of the F-17. The Lockheed test team at Area 51 received the delivery of the First Full Scale Development (FSD) prototype on January 17, 1981. It was designated YF-117A and test pilot Hal Farley flew it off the Area 51 runway.
Popular stories say that over 1,000 people arrive and leave Area 51, usually through air travel on unmarked Janet flights from Las Vegas. The second method is a white bus that picks up local commuters from Alamo, Ash Springs, and Crystal Springs. While the Janet flights can hardly be seen, if it can be seen at all, the white bus usually seen daily at around 8:30 AM in Area 51 front gates.
1. Bob Lazar
In 1987, Robert Lazar made a big news across the world with his claim on television that he has been part of a project that involves on alien technology. He said that there were at least nine alien spacecraft kept by the government at a base called S-4. This base is located near Groom Lake. He said that reverse engineering has been done to alien technology for use in power production and U.S. military vehicles.