Posted: 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2013
By Rick Couri
Finally. That had to be the word out of the mouths of UFO and conspiracy theory fanatics everywhere.
The information confirming that most famous of all airbases does in fact exist came about after George Washington University got its hands on documents through a Freedom of Information Act.
The papers say Area 51 began in 1955 as a secret place to test the U-2 spy plane. The acreage was originally called Paradise Ranch, a term meant to make it sound like good place to work so hiring staff would be easier.
It was also referred to as a "facility in the middle of nowhere."
One thing that is missing in the pounds of memos and documents are any mention of aliens, spaceships, or child sized body bags.
Also in the papers was a CIA map of the area. Not surprisingly, it’s the exact same one you can find on Google Maps with a simple search for Area 51.
Jeffrey Michelson is the man who filed to get the papers, he told CNN it was “clearly a conscious decision to acknowledge the name, the location rather than play pretend about the secrecy.”
One click here will get you access to over 400 pages of documents.