At this writing, more than 1.6 million people have signed up on a Facebook-driven event to storm Area 51 on September 20, 2019. If you are considering being one of those who are intent on finally unearthing evidence of aliens, you might want to take a moment and take stock of the challenges you will face.
Area 51 is officially fronted as part of the Nevada Test and Training Range, affiliated with the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas Valley. The 5,000 sq mile (12,950 sq km) desert site has been in operation for more than 60 years. It has long been the subject of conspiracy theories surrounding alien autopsies and studies of recovered UFO technology.
If you want to see this top-secret base for yourself, the first obstacle to overcome will be the geography. Unless you can reserve a seat on Janet Airlines, the official air transportation service for Area 51, you are in for quite a challenge just getting there. The organizers of the “Storm Area 51” event plan on everyone meeting up at the Area 51 Alien Center in Amargosa Valley, Nevada. From there, they plan to storm the base en masse at 3:00 a.m. What most folks fail to understand is the sheer size of the area we’re talking about. It is a 52-mile (84 km) hike through unforgiving desert terrain before getting to the next challenge.
If the barbed wire and warning signs you encounter at this point don’t put you off, then you will find yourself on the edge of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR). This is a military training area used by the US Air Force Warfare Center. It houses over 1,200 targets and four remote communication sites.
You will also find yourself at the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and the Nevada National Security Site. If you are a history buff, you may pause to reflect on the 739 nuclear tests conducted by the United States Department of Energy at that location. By this point, the sun should be quite high in the sky, so you will have plenty of light to watch your fellow truth-seekers brave and survive trespass through the aerial gunnery and bombing range. In other words, you will be going straight through an area already set up for ordnance impact training and live-fire exercises.
As you take all this in, you should also stop to reflect on the fact that you are standing on the training ground for Counter-Terrorism Operations, where America’s first responders are taught how to deal with threats against the USA. You should, therefore, expect plenty of Air Force and Homeland Security forces to be on hand, even if they did not have advance notice of an impending invasion of the area.
First responders may welcome the chance to put their training to work. Fortunately, the area is already well-stocked with highly trained and motivated defenders, fierce K-9 units, armed helicopters, and similarly armed land vehicles.
But assume you get past all of that. You still have the challenge we mentioned from the start: geography. Most people have no idea of the size of the territory that has to be covered before even getting to your first alien autopsy site.
The map below shows the boundaries of the Nellis Air Force Range, Nevada Test Site, and Nellis Air Force Range, with Area 51 tucked securely in their midst. The city of Las Vegas is in the lower right corner of the map. To get a true sense of the scope of this geography, however, take a look at the map insert in the lower-left corner. Area 51, itself, is roughly the size of the state of Connecticut. It is surrounded by protected terrain that is roughly twice the size of the state of New Jersey.
And did we mention that it is rugged desert?
This map shows the restricted territory surrounding Area 51. Note the highlighted portion of the map in the lower-left corner to get an idea of the overall size.
Despite the inherent unlikelihood that anyone could pose a serious challenge to Area 51’s security, the U.S. Air Force is leaving nothing to chance. “The United States Air Force is aware of the Facebook post,” said Air Force spokesperson Laura McAndrews. “The Nevada Test and Training Range is an area where the Air Force tests and trains combat aircraft. As a matter of practice, we do not discuss specific security measures, but any attempt to illegally access military installations or military training areas is dangerous. [Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces. The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
We should also point out that it is rather pointless to risk your life for such a crazy idea. We can confidently report that no aliens or UFO technology can be found at Area 51. But that’s exactly what you would expect us to say, isn’t it?
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