Area 51: New Construction

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Channel 8 Las Vegas reports that something huge is  being built at Nevada’s so-called Area 51:

Something big is in the works at Nevada’s legendary Area 51 military base. A massive new building is under construction at the top secret location. Aviation experts say there’s a good chance that a new, highly classified aircraft might soon be zipping around the Nevada skies.

What kind of aircraft? One possibility is a successor to the SR-71 spy plane, the SR-72.

The SR-71 Blackbird is widely regarded as the greatest airplane ever built. It sliced through the sky at Mach 3 and still reigns, officially anyway, as the fastest plane in history. Groom Lake, also known as Area 51, was home for the Blackbird during its early days. The question is — will Area 51 also be the location of choice for the development of a successor, and maybe more than one?

Later, discussing other possible projects at Area 51:

Among the suspects is something called the Black Manta, a stealthy hypersonic craft that might explain the wispy images captured in a few photos around the world. Various black triangle-type craft have been spotted over American military bases and cities for years, some of them huge in size, big enough to require a big hangar.

Aviation journalist Bill Sweetman has long argued for the existence of the Aurora, another plane rumored to have been flown at Groom Lake. Sweetman says black budget figures hint at the existence of the plane, which some have dubbed the SR-75 penetrator. Whichever of these ambitious projects ends up in full development, it’s abundantly clear that the testing location of choice for top secret planes is still Area 51.

 The penetrator. I like that.

Image: Public Domain Landsat image of Area 51, from Creative Commons.

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