It’s the most famous military installation in the world, yet it doesn’t officially exist. Area 51 has been a magnet for conspiracy theorists and the overly curious for many years. The government has been up to something for decades and now the secret is out as insiders prove that there is a kernel of truth to even some of the wildest speculation. With underground tunnels, hidden enemy aircraft and secret government UFO files, you will gain the insight to the most secretive place on earth on Sunday’s episode.
The CIA established Area 51 in 1955 in order to develop and test America’s most secret military projects. It was named after a grid number on a map. Today satellite images of the Nevada desert show seven runways and more than 25 hangars. Memories are brought to light as early programs became declassified.
What must it have been like to be married to someone who worked at a site that was so secret that not even the closest of kin were suppose to know what their husbands and fathers were up to?
Most responses of the wives of area 51 included “I wasn’t that interested,” or “I didn’t want to know.” These women were busy raising kids. But there was an emergency phone line called “Hello Phone” that alerted these women of any emergencies. The women had no clue what had happened and for many men they were not able to keep their families together because the strain was too much.
Many commuted in unmarked planes from Burbank or Las Vegas on a daily or weekly basis. One man told his family he was a television repairman when, in fact, he spent years working on some of the most secret, cutting edge projects in the world. Today, 50 years after the creation of the base, daily commuter flights in unmarked planes continue.
Tune in Sunday to Explorer: Area 51 Declassified at 7P and see for the first time Area 51 insiders break their silence and spill the secrets behind the most secretive place on earth.