Area 51 Veterans Come Clean: Secrecy, Coverups, Cash Briefcases, But No Aliens

A-12 full scale model prepared for radar cross section measurements, c. 1959.

A-12 full scale model prepared for radar cross section measurements, c. 1959.

Five decades later, the people who worked at Area 51 during the ’60s are free to talk about their experiences, as it’s finally been declassified. So what was going on out there in the desert?

James Noce recalls eating delicious steaks and lobster, watching super-speed jets being tested, and giving briefcases with $25,000 in cash to local sheriffs to keep things quiet. But sadly, no little green men. The Seattle Times reports:

After nearly five decades, guys like James Noce finally get to tell their stories about Area 51. Noce, 72, and his fellow Area 51 veterans around the country now are free to talk about doing contract work for the CIA in the 1960s and ’70s at the arid, isolated Southern Nevada government testing site.

In the 1960s, Area 51 was the test site for the A-12 and its successor, the SR-71 Blackbird, a secret spy plane that broke records at documented speeds that still have been unmatched. The CIA says it reached Mach 3.29 (about 2,200 mph) at 90,000 feet.

But after September 2007, when the CIA displayed an A-12 in front of its Langley, Va., headquarters as part of the agency’s 60th birthday, much of the secrecy of those days at Area 51 fell away.

Advance warning to UFOlogists: Sorry, although Noce and other Area 51 vets say they saw plenty of secret stuff, none make claims about aliens.

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  • Slushie_Man

    I doubt the construction works, renovators, plumbers, and such would know if they were keeping alien bodies there or not. Somehow I just don't see the officials behind Area 51 letting such low-level employees know about such things.

  • duey crim

    Yes, the actual people who worked with the aliens are probably still classified

  • 5by5

    And of course this does exactly squat to explain why 20 nuclear weapons went off ready alert despite considerable redundancy controls at Malmstrom AFB when a UFO was sighted overhead.

    Yes of course they tested experimental planes at Area 51. Spiffy. But the whole point of compartmentalization is so that the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Just because Joe Mechanic never saw little grey/green/whatever men, doesn't mean the little buggers aren't out there stealing out cow lips.

    • AC

      someone saw the cube

  • 5by5

    And of course this does exactly squat to explain why 20 nuclear weapons went off ready alert despite considerable redundancy controls at Malmstrom AFB when a UFO was sighted overhead.

    Yes of course they tested experimental planes at Area 51. Spiffy. But the whole point of compartmentalization is so that the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Just because Joe Mechanic never saw little grey/green/whatever men, doesn't mean the little buggers aren't out there stealing out cow lips.

  • TruthSeeker 2012

    Anyone who has spent anytime researching where the aliens bodies and their space ships were stored would know that it is actually located at the S4 Papoose dry lake bed site and not Area 51 (Groom Lake). Area 51 is just the landing site 9runway) for workers at both sites that arrive by Janet Airlines and then are taken by bus to their respective sites. Those going to S4 get onto buses that have blacked out windows and the security procedures are much more intimidating. Whils't the government are happy for these guys to speak out and give credence to what they want us all to believe, none of these so called ex-staff ever mention site S4?

  • GoodDoktorBad

    I wonder about all those wonderous wonders that I wonder about and I am bit confused with all the confused confusion I am confused about.

    I don't know the truth or truism that is truth or a weight of evidence that is proof, what is sense and what is spoof or what is real, and what is a goof?

  • stupiddumb

    that man is clearly an alien

  • cealie

    They can talk about the '60's all they want. The controversial incident with possible UFO involvement happened in 1947.

  • The kid that saw it all

    So….. the 'cia' came clean? with a secret 'Air Force Base' in southern Nevada? wtf , who the HELL didnt know about that the A-12 or the SR 71 before 2007. the SR 71 has been retired for 20 years!!
    this fact telling story has more holes than a 200 year old garden hose.

  • will9341

    Typical Government PUKE!

  • sivancrauschwitz

    Agree with previous comments. This is obviously just a hush up. If anything, this “break-through” in secrecy makes me think that there's a big breakthrough happening with extraterrestrial discoveries or breaches in security and they're throwing this out as an attempt to break a fall that's comin' soon.

    If anyone with an IQ above 120 has seen District 9, you probably felt the bitter, cynical pangs of recognition as you saw things that really do happen in “government” and life all around our world. It's a sad place and time when we can't be honest with each other about the breakthroughs and “real” meat of the situation.

    Still, props to Disinfo for getting this info out. Nice to know what the government is trying to tell us.

  • http://miacco.wordpress.com Rafael

    No se que hay de verdad en los OVNIS. No creo en los extraterrestres. Ni en OVNIS, tripulados por extraterrestres.
    Pero si creo que se nos ocultan muchas cosas, y no referentes a extraterrestres precisamente.
    No se que contactos tenían los NAZIS, ni con quien.
    Pero si se que la humanidad de hace millones de años, llego muy lejos tecnológicamente y científicamente.
    He descubierto una etapa de la prehistoria, totalmente desconocida. La llevo estudiando mas de un año, y corresponde a una humanidad muy adelantada científicamente y tecnológicamente. Y no creo que todo el desarrollo al que llegaron, desapareciera por arte de magia. Mas sabiendo de los mal llamados “objetos fuera de tiempo”, que no son, sino “objetos de su tiempo”, que al no ser biodegradables han resistido el paso de los tiempos.
    Las pirámides y otras construcciones, quizás lleven ahí millones de años, pues cosas similares, se han encontrado en el planeta Marte.
    Esta humanidad desapareció como civilización, pero no como humanidad, pues la actual desciende de aquella.
    Mis descubrimientos son representaciones en piedras talladas, de anfibios extinguidos hace millones de años, y fueron tallados con instrumentos desconocidos.

  • http://miacco.wordpress.com Rafael

    No se que hay de verdad en los OVNIS. No creo en los extraterrestres. Ni en OVNIS, tripulados por extraterrestres.
    Pero si creo que se nos ocultan muchas cosas, y no referentes a extraterrestres precisamente.
    No se que contactos tenían los NAZIS, ni con quien.
    Pero si se que la humanidad de hace millones de años, llego muy lejos tecnológicamente y científicamente.
    He descubierto una etapa de la prehistoria, totalmente desconocida. La llevo estudiando mas de un año, y corresponde a una humanidad muy adelantada científicamente y tecnológicamente. Y no creo que todo el desarrollo al que llegaron, desapareciera por arte de magia. Mas sabiendo de los mal llamados “objetos fuera de tiempo”, que no son, sino “objetos de su tiempo”, que al no ser biodegradables han resistido el paso de los tiempos.
    Las pirámides y otras construcciones, quizás lleven ahí millones de años, pues cosas similares, se han encontrado en el planeta Marte.
    Esta humanidad desapareció como civilización, pero no como humanidad, pues la actual desciende de aquella.
    Mis descubrimientos son representaciones en piedras talladas, de anfibios extinguidos hace millones de años, y fueron tallados con instrumentos desconocidos.

  • http://twitter.com/rootcontroller Mandelbrot Set

    So these guys saw everything that happened on base? I am guessing no one knows anything about compartmentalization then? If anything, these guys were the PR for the military/gov’t agencies and probably didn’t know anything. Hell, I worked on a military base for 5 years and didn’t know anything that was going on there except for what pertained to my job.

  • http://twitter.com/rootcontroller mjr

    So these guys saw everything that happened on base? I am guessing no one knows anything about compartmentalization then? If anything, these guys were the PR for the military/gov’t agencies and probably didn’t know anything. Hell, I worked on a military base for 5 years and didn’t know anything that was going on there except for what pertained to my job.