Area 51

It consisted of three hangers, a control tower, a mess hall, runways, and an area with mobile homes for soldiers to live at. The U-2's were also brought here during this time (Campbell 1996).

Activity at Groom Lake soon started on August 4, 1955. This was the first flight of a U-2 plane at Groom Lake. Around two weeks later, President Eisenhower signed the executive order 10633. This order restricted air space over Groom Lake. This airspace was five by nine miles long, and was called the "Las Vegas ProjectaE (Cambell 1996). When the public and press became aware of this area, they were told that this area was a small complex with "dormitories, equipment, buildings, and a small airstrip.aE The media was also told that this area was going to be a bomb testing area for the military. They were told nothing about the testing of the U-2 spy planes. When asked about the spotting of a U-2 plane in the area, representative of the base said that the plane was just there to make weather observations for the Air Weather Service of the US Air Force. It was later learned that this base was called "WatertownaE (Wallace 1997).

Over the next few years testing continue



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