Area 51 -- The Secret Planes. The Secret Missions PDF

by L. Douglas Keeney "The government acknowledged the existence of the mysterious aviation test site known as Area 51, a remote installation about 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas, in a newly declassified CIA history of its U-2 spy plane program."—Chicago Tribune
During the Eisenhower Administration, scientists sought a remote location where sensational military breakthroughs would remain national secrets. A pair of engineers in a single-engine plane over the Nevada desert spotted an abandoned airstrip near the dried-up bed of an ancient lake. The government referred to the wasteland as Paradise Ranch, but rumors that spread around the world called it by its map designation—Area 51.
"There it is! Area 51 revealed in a declassified CIA report."—NPR
This is the only book that offers the CIA's newly declassified report on a subject that's been top secret for decades. Written by CIA historians Gregory Pedlow and Donald Welzenbach, the illustrated account features an informative Introduction by military historian and researcher L. Douglas Keeney, the author of the acclaimed Lost Histories of World War II series. Fascinating and highly readable, this official document finally reveals historic details related to the Cold War and advances in aviation.
Originally Released by the Central Intelligence Agency as: The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954–1974

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