USA: 'Storm Area 51' event attracts alien enthusiasts to secretive military base area
How Area 51 became the center of alien conspiracy theories
Area 51 'Raid' Will be Met With Force, the US Air Force Warns
Area 51 is the common name of a highly classified United States Air Force (USAF) facility located within the Nevada Test and Training Range. The facility is officially called Homey Airport (KXTA) or Groom Lake, named after the salt flat situated next to its airfield. Details of the facility's operations are not publicly known, but the USAF says that it is an open training range, and it most likely supports the development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. The USAF acquired the site in 1955, primarily for flight testing the Lockheed U-2 aircraft.