Area 51 has spawned more conspiracy theories than any other military facility in the world. This is probably due to its secretive nature and connection to classified aircraft research.
Conspiracy theories and hypothesis include; the storage, study and reverse engineering of ET technologies from crashed alien aircrafts, including materials supposedly recovered from Roswell, the development of exotic energy weaponry for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), and classified activities related to the secret US government organization, Majestic 12.
Area 51 is the common name of a highly classified US Air Force (USAF) facility located at Groom Lake in southern Nevada.
It is not accessible to the public and under 24/7 surveillance. Military personnel and Area 51 employees reach the facility by aerial ways only. The facility’s existence was publicly acknowledged by the CIA on June 25, 2013, following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in 2005, and the only confirmed use of the installation is as a flight-testing facility. Ever since then, not much other information has been forthcoming.
In 1954, Area 51 was selected by the CIA as a testing site for a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft known as Lockheed U-2. President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the testing to be conducted under the codename Project Aquatone.
In summer 1955, sightings of unidentified flying objects were reported around Area 51 after the military had begun testing the U-2 aircraft. The U-2 can fly at an altitude of 60,000 feet. At that time, normal airliners were flying at 10,000 to 20,000 feet range, which is what led to the increase of UFO reports in the area. While Air Force officials knew that these sightings were referring to the U-2 tests, they couldn’t just tell the public. Instead, they explained that the sightings were nothing but “natural phenomena” or high-altitude weather balloons. It was later revealed by the CIA in 2013 that the UFO sightings at the time were confused with the U-2 flight tests, but this revelation did nothing to end the conspiracy theories.
In 1989, a scientist by the name of Bob Lazar – Robert Scott Lazar, claimed that he had worked on reverse-engineering extraterrestrial technology inside Area 51, at what he described as a secret site called “S-4”. This added more fuel to conspiracy theories and drew even more public attention to Area 51.
Bob Lazar claimed that he examined an alien craft that operated on an antimatter reactor powered by “Element 115”, which at the time, had not been synthesized – It was first synthesized in 2003 by a joint team of Russian and American scientists at the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research (JINR), in Dubna, Russia, and was later codenamed “Moscovium”.
On May 15, 1989, He appeared in an interview with investigative reporter George Knapp on Las Vegas TV Station KLAS, under the pseudonym “Dennis” and a covered face, to discuss his former employment at S-4. According to Bob Lazar, S-4 is a subsidiary facility situated near the Nellis Air Force Base installation, adjacent to Papoose Lake, which is located south of the main Area 51 facility in Groom Lake. Lazar said that his job at S-4 was to help with reverse engineering one of nine flying saucers of extraterrestrial origin.
Here is a transcript from Las Vegas TV Station KLAS interview with Bob Lazar.
Female reporter: “Sir, how do we know who you say you are, and that you actually have knowledge about what’s going on at Groom Lake (Area 51)?”
Lazar: “Well I guess there is no way you could really know. There’s really no way I can prove this without revealing my identity and getting myself into more trouble than I have already.”
Male reporter: “Exactly what is going on up there?”
Lazar: “Well there is several– actually nine flying saucers, flying disks that are out there of extraterrestrial origin. And they are being test flown, and basically just analyzed.”
Female reporter: “You say there’s nine saucers? How are those tests going?”
Lazar: “As far as what?”
Female reporter: “As far as whether they are successful and that sort of thing.”
Lazar: “Well, some of them are 100% intact and operate perfectly. The other ones are being taken apart. I was involved mainly in propulsion and the power source.”
Male reporter: “Where did we get these saucers? How did they come in the hands of the government?”
Lazar: “I haven’t the slightest idea. And you have to understand, the information is very compartmentalized. And I was only allowed information that pertained particularly to what I was involved in.”
Male reporter: “But, I mean, couldn’t our government have made them as opposed to getting them [from] some alien beings?”
Lazar: “Totally impossible! The propulsion system is a gravity propulsion system. The power source is an antimatter reactor. This technology does not exist at all. In fact, one of the reasons that I am coming forward with this information– it’s not only a crime against the American people, it is a crime against the scientific community which I’ve been part of for some time, who are actively trying to duplicate these systems. Yet, they are in existence now, and basically in the hands of the government.”
Female reporter: “What would happen to you if the government learned that you were giving us this information?”
Lazar: “Anything could happen. I don’t know. It’s– I haven’t the slightest idea.”
Male reporter: “But you said– you referred [to] getting into trouble. Have you had some repercussions already?”
Lazar: “Yeah, I have been threatened with being charged with espionage. I’ve had my life threatened by them, my wife’s life threatened by them, and, I mean, I don’t know where else you can go from there.”
In a subsequent interview in November, Lazar appeared unmasked, fully revealing his identity, where he claimed that his job interview for work at the facility was contractor EG&G, and his employee was the U.S Navy.
Reporter: “How you got involved in this program?”
Lazar: “I had sent resumes to several national labs. I got a response from a couple of them. I went in for an interview. They had a job in mind. And then they continued questioning me, mainly on my interest outside of work. They seemed to be really concerned about that.”
Reporter: “About things like jet cars and–?”
Lazar: “Right. What do you do in your spare time? You know, you say you work on little projects. I said yeah, I have a particle accelerator in my master bedroom, and things of that sort. And some time went by and they called back in. They said there was a senior staff physicist that was leaving this organization, and they basically interviewed me for that job. I was given a lot of briefings to read on– I believe there 121 different briefings. And they just sat me in a room and they had a– while they were going and updating my clearance to a level that they called ‘Majestic’.”
Reported: “You go in and you start reading these reports. You see some of them deal with flying saucers. What’s your reaction?”
Lazar: “Well, I was completely shocked. I couldn’t– I couldn’t believe it. But I was fascinated. I was so excited. I– It’s a science dream, really. Eventually I was shown them, one close-up, one operating. They had one of the reactors out of the crafts, which was an antimatter reactor. I was given a demonstration on how it worked, things that it did, and the physics of it. The thing they were most interested in is duplicating the reactors without using this Element 115, which is, of course, impossible. They were trying to– and there have been projects before that just trying to use a normal nuclear generator fueled with plutonium. And it was really a futile attempt.”
Bob Lazar said that the craft’s propulsion system relied on Element 115, which allegedly generates a gravity wave that allowed the vehicle to fly and evade visual detection by blending light around it. He also said that the reactor he worked on was topped by a sphere or semi-sphere, which emitted a force field capable of repulsing human flesh.
He further explained that the craft was split into two levels. The reactor was positioned at the center of the upper level, with an antenna extending to the top, surrounded by three “gravity amplifiers”, and these were connected to “gravity emitters” situated on the lower level, which can rotate 180 degrees to generate a “anti-gravity” wave that would allow the craft to travel “belly first” towards this distorted field.
Lazar said that the seats of the saucer he saw were child sized and that he had seen alien cadavers of corresponding size. He also claimed that while walking down a hallway inside S-4, he briefly glanced through a door and saw what he described as two men in lab coats facing down and talking to “something small with long arms”, and that the nickname they had for these beings is “the kids”.
30 years later, he said that he wasn’t sure about seeing an alien at S-4 and that he could have actually seen a doll sitting on a chair, similar to those inside the craft, which these guys were taking measurements of.
Finally, Lazar claimed to have read US government briefings during his job at S-4, about extraterrestrial involvement with Earth over the past 10,000 years, that described grey alien beings coming from a planet that orbit the twin binary star system “Zeta Reticuli”, which is located at a distance of 39.9 light years away from Earth.
When covering Bob Lazar story, George Knapp stated that “so much of the effort was in proving that he really was the person that he said he was.”
Lazar claims to have earned a master degree in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a master degree in Electronic Technology from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), but there were no records of him attending either institution. “They never heard of him.” They said according to Knapp.
His alleged employment at a Nellis Air Force Base subsidiary had also been discredited by the US Air Force.
Los Alamos National Laboratory “where he experimented with one of the world’s largest particle beam accelerators” also denied having any records of him. “They were either mistaken or were lying.” Knapp said.
“A 1982 phonebook from the lab lists Lazar right there among the other scientists and technicians”
“A 1982 clipping from the ‘Los Alamos Newspaper’ profiled Lazar and his interest in jet cars. It too, mentioned his employment at the lab as a physicist.”
“We called Los Alamos again. An exasperated official told us he still had no records on Lazar.”
“It’s as if someone has made him disappear.”
One thing Bob Lazar mentioned about the S-4 facility is that it used a hand-scanner to allow entrance and exit in and out of the building.
“The interesting thing is that when you walk into the facility or even to leave, they have a hand reader. I was told that it has to do something where the bright light measures the bones in your finger [that] they are unique to each person. It kind of sounds like something out of a TV show, but that’s exactly the way it is.” He said during the 1989 interview.
At the time nobody could verify this claim. Some years later, Filmmaker Jeremy Corbell managed to find a photo from another top-secret program run by the US government near Nellis Air Force Range, which he showed to Lazar during his 2018 film – Bob Lazar: Area 51 and Flying Saucers.
The image of the hand-scanner used to get in and out the facility matches exactly Lazar’s description.
“I never thought I’d see one of these again,” Lazar said after seeing the picture.
“I tried to explain this to people so many times and they never believed me. But there it is.”
In 2017, Lazar’s workplace and house was raided by the FBI and local police which according to him, to recover Element 115 they believed he took from a government lab.
“My film gives you an understanding of the real Bob Lazar, which will make it harder to throw away his claims,” Corbell said.
“The more you get to know Bob Lazar, the more you have to face the uncomfortable possibility that he’s telling you the truth.
“You look at the evidence, you watch my film and you decide for yourself.”