Area 51 Black Jets uncovers the history of America's most secret airbase

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  1. It's a place steeped in mythology, where the most astonishing machines on Earth were tested — an area so secret that the government didn't officially acknowledge its existence until 2013. Now, Bill Yenne's book Area 51 Black Jets lifts the veil on top secret projects from the 1950s to today.

    Bill Yenne has written numerous books on aviation history, including several books on planes developed and tested at Area 51. Area 51 Black Jets essentially exists because of a CIA document that was declassified in 2013. The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U2 and OXCART Programs, 1954 – 1974 was written in 1992 as part of the CIA's semi-classified internal official history. It had been circulated among aviation buffs for some time, but in highly redacted form. A FOIA request from the National Security Archive resulted in the release of a new version, one that reveals the location of Area 51, and that the government actually calls it Area 51.

    Above: A 1998 aerial photo of Groom Lake, a place which did not exist. Credit: Tony Landis photos.

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