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Changes at Area 51

Changes at Area 51

Little ALe’Inn

     I have been interested in Area 51 for many years, and in fact was at the gates of the secretive base in 2006, when I was asked to do lectures at Rachel, Nevada. The little town of Rachel is probably best known as the location of the “Little A’Le’Inn, located on SR 375, the “Extraterrestrial Highway” not far from the entrances to the base. (Advertised population of Rachel is 98 humans, ?? aliens.) Many

Dennis Balthaser
By Dennis Balthaser
The UFO Chronicles

people try to associate Area 51 with Roswell, thinking it’s in New Mexico, when in fact it’s located some 800 miles from Roswell in Nevada.

Since then I have discovered a web site www.dreamlandresort.com that probably is one of the best sources on the internet to obtain new information about the base.

Dennis Balthaser at Area 51 Entrance

While in Rachel I had the opportunity to visit with Chuck Clark, who at the time was one of a few authorities that had obtained a lot of information about the secretive location about 85 miles north of Las Vegas Nevada. I went out to the gate by myself, traveling down a 13.8 mile long gravel road to the entrance where I was met by “cammo dudes” sitting in their pickup trucks on the hill behind the entrance, watching me with a pair of binoculars. This is the gate or entrance to the base that is the most well known and shown in TV documentaries. They know your coming down that road long before you get there.

The next day Chuck took me out to another gate I wasn’t aware of, located not far from the town of Rachel. Unlike the first gate I visited, this one had the guard shack right by the entrance. At the other location your on the property before you get to the guard shack behind some sand dunes. It wasn’t a good idea to cross the property line since the signs at both gates back thenwarned “the use of deadly force is authorized.” Curiosity seekers are not welcome.

The base was operated by the CIA when it was opened, and originally opened in 1955 to test the U2 spy plane. The Department of Energy was involved with the base, and today it’s controlled by the U.S. Air Force. Years later, in the 1980’s, we found out about the base through a Russian satellite photograph. So it existed without anyone knowing about it for some 30 years, proving the government can keep secrets for a long time as they did with the atomic bomb, new military aircraft, and still do with the 1947 Roswell Incident.

The warning signs and presence of the security guards keeping an eye on you as you get to the gates only adds to our curiosity of what really goes on behind those gates. Very few know what transpires there above and below ground after all these years of the base being located there.

Several things related to the base still exist as they did when I was there, while other things have changed in the past 11 years. Many employees are still shuttled to the base on a fleet of six, Boeing 737 “Janet flight” airplanes from the McCarran airport in Las Vegas where they have their own terminal (only a few blocks from the Las Vegas strip), also under high security. The airplanes are unmarked, painted white with a red stripe down the side, and no identification other than the aircraft number at the back of the planes. They make daily flights to and from the base, in addition to taking employees to other locations with other secretive projects such as Lockheed and Northrop. Between November 2008 and June 2009, all six 737-200 Janet Flight airplanes were replaced with 737-600’s purchased from Air China. The old planes are in the military bone yard in Tucson, Arizona.

Another means of transporting local employees to and from the base is still the use of white buses. Again, the buses have no identification on them other than a government license plate. White appears to be the preferred color of transporting vehicles. Employees living in the general area are picked up and returned in these buses. As a side note, the license plates are government issued, and the first two numbers on the plate are the year of the vehicle. As an example, a truck, jeep or bus having the numbers 98 as the first two numbers on the license plate would indicate when the vehicle was put in service.

No Drone Zone - Aea 51

Warning signs at the entrances have been replaced and changed. The signs no longer say, “The use of deadly force is authorized.” The new signs make it illegal to fly drones in the area. Also, the gate area now has concrete barriers and razor wire. Some of the guard shacks have been improved or replaced at the gates since I was there, so I assume with building improvements, more cameras, sensors, etc., the security at the gates is more stringent then it was in 2006.

Several new large hangers have been constructed, one of which according to satellite images appears to be 215’ x 215’, and about 85’ high. One has to wonder what a hangar of such size would be needed for.

Over the years we have heard rumors that the base has been moved or shut down. Obviously with all the improvements that have taken place in recent years, that cannot be true. The base is very active and probably more active than in the past.

As a researcher, I would like to know what goes on inside the base, including the suspected or reported 22 levels below ground, and in some of those gigantic hangars. Also, what is the purpose of the runways that are some of the longest in the world? Knowing that all of the military aircraft we have had over the years have been test flown there, such as the U-2, SR-71 Blackbird, F-22 Raptor, F-117, B-1 and B-2 bombers, etc., I believe it is a vitally needed facility and still highly secretive, as it should be.

Rumors about aliens and alien craft being there is always mentioned when referring to the base, however, proving this has really never been verified. Possible– I suppose, when one thinks about all the other things that might be taking place there. So Area 51 continues to mystify us with only bits and pieces of information being released.

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AREA 51 UPDATE: DRI Denies Spying on Americans & Being in Collusion with Air Force

DRI Denies Spying on Americans & Being in Collusion with Air Force

By Glenn Campbell

     On Nov. 2, 2015, Glenn Campbell released a new video Area 51 “Weather Stations” – What Are They Really For?. On the same day, the Desert Research Institute (DRI) released a statement to KLAS-TV responding to the video:

DRI is not a front for a U.S. Air Force intelligence gathering operation outside Area 51. DRI serves as the nonprofit environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

The four stations where cameras installed were Rachel, Goldfield, Duckwater, and Ely. The cameras are only there as a check/reference to view the large digital readout signs along the highways in communities with poor cell phone coverage. The goal of those large signs is being able to provide public weather alerts as well as emergency messages using the CEMP stations as a communication hub. The cameras help CEMP make sure the large signs are displaying correctly.

The cameras and digital signs are not in any way associated with the CEMP. They are simply co-located on the site of the CEMP station and use the same communications infrastructure as the CEMP station.

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Military Using Weather Stations to Spy on People Near Area 51? | VIDEO

Military Using Weather Stations to Spy on People Near Area 51?

By Glen Meek, Kyle Zuelke

     Is the military using civilian weather stations to keep tabs on people poking around public land near Area 51? That’s the latest theory from a long-time Area 51 watcher. The I-Team’s Glen Meek took a look at allegations contained in a new online documentary and reached out to civilian scientists for their explanation of what’s happening.

In the central Nevada hamlet of Rachel, the center of commerce might be the Little A’Le’Inn.

It’s a bar and grill known worldwide for its proximity to the isolated government air base known as Area 51. Some believe captured alien spaceships are stored at the base.

In the parking lot of the restaurant is a fake flying saucer and a very real government monitoring station. […]

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Area 51 ‘Weather Stations’ – What Are They Really For? | VIDEO

Area 51 'Weather Stations' - What Are They Really For?

By Glenn Campbell

     A former Area 51 activist investigates the new weather stations installed on Tikaboo Peak, a public viewpoint into the secret Groom Lake base, and in the nearby town of Rachel. He argues they are intended for government surveillance, not climate monitoring, and that they are part of a network of other suspicious weather stations in Nevada. […]

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Paranormal Highway of America (Part 2); The Unexplained Files episode.

In a previous post my initial 37 Degree Latitude theory matured into more of a Paranormal Highway that shot across the US. This highway encompasses underground bases, military structures, caves, some sacred Native American sites, UFO crashes and other very interesting sites like Fort Knox, Area 51, and a little higher up the 38 degree latitude, the Pentagon. In 2013 I shot a Cattle Mutilation segment for Science Channel’s, “The Unexplained Files” season one, filmed by RAW TV Productions. In that segment I briefly discussed my 37 Degree Latitude Theory pertaining to Animal Mutilations and UFO sightings we’ve had in Colorado and the surrounding states. The production company was so intrigued with the theory that when they found out the Science Channel approved a season 2, they pitched my theory to them as a full episode. The Science Channel agreed so I worked closely with RAW TV putting together the episode. Since most episodes contain two 1 half hour segments, my episode was a full one hour, so there was a lot of work to do.

The following gives you an idea what we covered within two weeks and in five states interviewing a lot of eye witnesses. Some people I interviewed didn’t make the show, and I’m sorry for that. I know how it feels being on camera and not making the cut, having it previously happen to me with a clip I filmed for the “In Search of Aliens” TV show. So for those eye witnesses who didn’t make the cut, I’m sorry but extremely honored I got to interview you. For those who made the cut and aired on the show, I thank you for all your time and effort to meet with me.

We started our filming in Missouri, then Illinois, then Nevada, then New Mexico, and finally Colorado. Four thousand miles later on my truck, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. A lot of hard work, but definitely worth it.

University of St. Louis, Missouri


The main reason we visited the University of St. Louis first, was to learn about alternative sources of energy which could possibly explain the non-conventional propulsion used on many of the unknown crafts people are seeing. One of the engineers at the University of St. Louis built a working Ionocraft model, so we went there to learn more about it. This was a very informative and fun segment that unfortunately didn’t make the show.



 Actual demonstration of a working Ionocraft, totally cool!

During the 1960’s, engineers were looking alternative sources of energy for travel, the Ionocraft was briefly considered. One of the reasons the Ionocraft concept was dismissed, was due to the tremendous amount of voltage needed to lift the craft.

The Ionocraft consists of two parallel conductive electrodes, one in the form of a fine wire and another which may be formed out of wire grid, tubes or foil skirts with a smooth round surface. When it’s powered by high voltage (in the range of a few kilovolts), it produces thrust in the air without requiring any moving parts.

The problem with using this technology is the amount of voltage needed to propel it. The small model seen in the above picture needed over 46,000 volts for lift. To make a craft large enough for a crew to fly, you would need voltage in the multi-millions which was and still not feasible.

Filming at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri


 Raw TV crew setting up to capture me walking into the Physics building at Washington, Universtiy.


 Director Sean and cameraman Ben discuss physic questions with Professor Bender.

The segment with Professor Bender didn’t make the show. Our interview with him was discussing the unknown craft people are seeing. He basically said the maneuverability of these craft defy the laws of physics as we know them, so that can’t be possible.

Radio DJ Dennis Havis
Piedmont, Missouri


Director Sean and Production coordinator Nick discuss how they want to set-up shooting with Dennis.

The interview segment with Piedmont’s former radio DJ, Dennis Havis didn’t air. Dennis was the go-to person for media and personnel on the 1973 UFO sighting there. He was a wealth of information, and one of the most important things I learned talking to him was something not commonly; Undercover Air Force agents showed up interviewing the eye witnesses. The craft wasn’t theirs.

Cathy Leach
Eye Witness, 1973 UFO Sighting
Clearwater Lake, Missouri


Cathy was one of the two women who saw a craft hovering over the water of Clearwater Lake. Here the crew is getting a firsthand eye witness report about the sighting which will help them set up their shot.

Melvin Noll
Eye Witness 2000 Triangle UFO Sighting
Highland, Illinois


 Me and Melvin just after shooting his segment.

Melvin’s interview didn’t make the show which was a shame. He was the first person to see the triangular craft slowly pass by his location. As the craft got closer to him, he described it as rectangular with two stories of windows running down its side. He said it was larger than a football field and completely quiet. Melvin was the one who initially reported the sighting to the police department.

Police Dispatch, Tina Joaquin
2000 Triangle UFO Sighting


 Director Sean and Production Coordinator Nick discuss how they want to film Tina.

As a former Deputy Sheriff who had always engaged with dispatch when on duty, it was fun talking and interviewing Tina for the show. There was a form of familiarity and commonality we shared that made the interview fun. Tina is very professional and as the police dispatcher in 2000, handled the sighting with expertise while communicating with multiple law enforcement agencies during that phenomenal event.

Detective, Mark Lopinot
2000 Triangle UFO Sighting


 Detective Mark Lopinot being interviewed in his car for the show.

Detective Lopinot who was a patrolman back in 2000, worked for the O’Fallon, Illinois Police Department. He was in his squad car traveling east on Highway 50 and as he passed over the Interstate 60 bridge, he spotted the craft.  He told me the craft was hovering over a convenience store a few hundred feet off the ground. It was huge, larger than a football field and made no sound. When it moved locations, it didn’t drift, it would dart from one location to the next, within a blink of an eye.

It was pleasure interviewing Mark, and we hit it right off. Joking and poking fun at the camera crew, we nailed the interview segment in 30 degree weather. One important thing I learned from Mark about the craft he saw was, as large as it was, the lights on the craft reflected no light. This is common in many UFO sightings, the light just doesn’t reflect.



Detective Mark Lopinot is showing me an actual picture that was taken by law enforcement of the craft. The squiggly lights in the picture are due to camera shutter snap motion caused by the person taking the picture. This is a common occurrence we investigators see in pictures all the time, camera movement.

Air Associates Flight School
Chesterfield, Missouri


 The Raw TV crew setting up to shoot the flight simulator segment.

Patrick Russell
Flight Instructor


 I’m sitting next to Patrick getting ready to shoot the flight simulator segment.

Patrick was supposed to take me and a cameraman up in an actual airplane and perform a stall scenario. The stall segment was to show what would happen to conventional aircraft that tried to hover not under power unlike a Harrier Jet. Well conventional aircraft would drop like a stone. Unfortunately it was too windy that day to safely go up and perform a stall, so we used their stat-of-the-art simulator. This was way cool. I had taken a couple of flight lessons in the past, mostly doing figure eights and ovals, but this time I was able to crash an airplane and walk away unharmed.  Fun!

Little A’Le’Inn, Rachel, Nevada


 My truck parked at the famed “Little A’Le’Inn” Rachel, Nevada

Pat Travis
Owner, The Little A’Le’Inn


 Raw TV sound engineer Rob, setting up Pat for her interview.

I had met Pat Travis years before when I investigated Area 51. No, this show was not the first time I’ve been to Rachel or have seen Area51, it’s just that the director wanted it to appear it was my first for continuity. Over 15 years ago I had hired an guide and we hiked Tikaboo peak just after Freedom Ridge was taken by Nellis. I saw the base with my own eyes.

I had talked to Pat many times in the past and while we were there, I convinced her to go on camera with me. She was hesitant at first because of the movie Paul. The movie crew from the film Paul, told her they were filming a documentary and there was no compensation given to the Inn. They, sucked for doing that. Anyway, I got to interview her for the show and we sat at the bar while she told me about her Area51 UFO sighting. Unfortunately that segment didn’t make the show which is a shame because she is so animated on camera. Such a lovely person to speak with.

T.D. Barnes
Area 51 Retired Radar Engineer


 Taking a selfie with Mr. Barnes in my truck before shooting.

It was really enjoyable talking with T.D. Barnes about his career at Area51. I located Mr. Barnes for the show after speaking with journalist George Knapp from Las Vegas. George had told me about the club, “Roadrunners International” out of Las Vegas and T.D. Barnes is the president. George also told me Barnes used to work at Area51 and that I should speak with him, so thank you George for the T.D. Barnes heads-up, it was terrific!

John Lear
Las Vegas, Nevada


 Raw TV cameraman Ben, setting up a shot with John Lear.

What can I say about John Lear, what a wealth of information! The show made it appear as if I didn’t know who John Lear was or that he wrote the Dulce papers (which I had acquired years ago) but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Anybody who is anybody in Ufology knows who John Lear is and all he has contributed. I’ve wanted to meet him for years and now was my chance. Out of all the people I interviewed for the show, John was the one person I was most nervous about. He’s an icon and a giant in his field and highly respected among UFO investigators, and I got to talk to him “mano y mano.”

I wish I could tell you everything we talked about off camera, John is an encyclopedia of UFO related information, and I savored every minute. There was one moment during filming which I had to re-ask my question to John multiple times and finally nailed it on the fourth try. John was purposely making faces at me trying to crack me up, but I succeeded with my question. He asked me, “How could you stay so professional while I was off camera trying to make you laugh?” I replied “It was easy, I was talking to John Lear”. (enough said)

Final Wrap-up in my Colorado Garage


 Raw TV cameraman Ben, setting up shots of my investigation gear. In the background you can see my truck and my wife’s legs towards the center right, and my other best girl is seen towards the left, my Harley.

Raw TV, Film Crew in front of my House


 Starting on the left: Rob, Ben, me, Sean, Nick

The Raw TV film crew hails from London and it was a blast spending a couple of weeks with them. Very professional and very experienced, this was by far the best crew I’ve ever worked with. They were very considerate with the UFO witnesses unlike other crews I’ve spent time with. These guys are top notch and I hope I get to work with one or all of them again in the future. Thanks guys.

Raw TV productions started up in 2001 and since then they’ve been busy making popular and award winning shows for broadcasters in the UK and US including the BBC, Channel 4, Five, CBS, A&E, Discovery, Nat Geo and others. March of 2014 Discovery Communications acquired RAW with the intention to have them expand into scripted programming and push further into high-quality independent films.

What a ride it was filming this episode, I envy those who get to do it all the time.