Newly declassified report finally confirms the existence of Area 51

Alien hunters, we have some very good news: For the first time ever, the U.S. government has finally confirmed the existence of the mythical Area 51 base.

Rumored to hold everything from a crashed alien ship to some alien corpses, the top-secret government base has become a major part of pop culture over the years. But the government has never actually admitted it was there — despite the fact that the site is well documented and can actually be seen on Google Maps.

But all that changed with a recent National Security Archive report, including some newly declassified material focusing on an experimental military aircraft that was tested at the base in the 1950s. Of course, the report doesn’t say anything about UFOs or aliens, but it’s a step in the right direction for truth-seekers. (It’s out there!)

Also of note? An excerpt from the report revealed the base’s nickname, “Paradise Ranch,” and explains how the name was created. Check it out below:

The outlines of Area 51 are shown on current unclassified maps as a small rectangular area adjoining the northeast corner of the much larger Nevada Test Site. To make the new facility in the middle of nowhere sound more attractive to his workers, Kelly Johnson called it the Paradise Ranch, which was soon shortened to the Ranch.

It’s amazing to think that the government has never actually confirmed the base in more than 50 years, so here’s hoping this is the first step in getting some real details about what’s going on out there in the Nevada desert.

(Via Gizmodo)

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