Area 51

Area 51

Area 51 is a military base and a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base in California. It is located in the southern portion of Nevada.

About Area 51

Area 51 is a military base, and a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base. It is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83A_miles (133A_km) north-northwest of Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large military airfield. The base's primary purpose is undetermined, however, based on historical evidence, it appears to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems. The Area 51 base lies within the United States Air Force's vast Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), formerly called the Nellis Air Force Range (NAFR).

Contributions by Finlay McWalter, John Fader, and Anthony Appleyard.