What is Area 51? Take the quiz!
Area 51 is a highly classified detachment of Edwards Air Force Base however, some people are convinced that it is an alien Ellis Island. In this quiz, we'll take a look at Area 51 -- what we know, what we don't, and what some wild theories propose.start quiz
Question 1 of 20
In what state is Area 51 located?
... It's in southern Nevada, about 85 miles (about 137 kilometers) from another strange place -- Las Vegas.
Question 2 of 20
What is the restricted air space over Area 51 called?
... Named for the dry Groom Lake, the Groom box is 23 miles by 25 miles (about 37 by 40 kilometers).
Question 3 of 20
When did Lockheed begin to test aircraft at Groom Lake?
... Lockheed's first test at Groom Lake was for the U-2 spy plane in 1955.
Question 4 of 20
What entity besides Lockheed and the Air Force has tested aircraft at Area 51?
... The secret vehicles the CIA, the Air Force and Lockheed test are known as "black aircraft."
Question 5 of 20
What do buildings at Area 51 lack?
... The lack of windows keeps workers from seeing what's going on outside.
Question 6 of 20
Who patrols the perimeter of Area 51?
... Although there is no proof that they're not extraterrestrials, the "cammo dudes" are camouflage-wearing observers believed to be contract employees.
Question 7 of 20
Why was Area 51 restricted even before the aircraft tests began?
... While Hughes did have a home in Nevada (and who knows what kinds of wildlife live around Area 51), the reason it was restricted was because it was adjacent to the Nevada Test and Training Range.
Question 8 of 20
What is the theorized connection between Area 51 and Roswell, N.M.?
... True believers are convinced there's a tunnel, a spaceship and aliens; scientists and military folks say "no."
Question 9 of 20
What is the name of the secret group some believers say oversees the alien activities at Area 51?
... Believers say MJ-12, sometimes called Majestic or Majic 12, is a group of powerful humans who are secretly conspiring with extraterrestrials.
Question 10 of 20
What does a more recent conspiracy theory say was taken to Area 51 from Roswell?
... Apparently, the children were altered by the Nazis, then captured by the Russians. It's complicated.
Question 11 of 20
In what movie does Will Smith take off from Area 51 on a mission to save the planet?
... The heroes use a reverse-engineered alien spaceship to fight the bad guys in "Independence Day."
Question 12 of 20
What is the mysteriously disappearing airstrip at Area 51 called?
... Named after Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat, this alien-engineered strip can only be seen when wet, UFO believers say.
Question 13 of 20
What was the name of the huge reconnaissance plane some people believe was developed in the 1980s at Area 51?
... The government has consistently denied the existence of the Aurora Project; believers are just as insistent.
Question 14 of 20
What did the U.S. Army say was found in a field in New Mexico in 1947?
... Some people say a wrecked alien spacecraft, rather than a weather balloon, was taken to Area 51 for further study -- and a mythology was born.
Question 15 of 20
What is the name of a top-secret storage area featured in the Indiana Jones movies?
... Indy knows that the Ark of the Covenant and the corpse of an alien from Roswell are kept in Hangar 51.
Question 16 of 20
What does the "Groom determination" deal with?
... President Clinton and subsequent presidents have exempted the Groom Lake area from environmental disclosure laws on grounds of military security.
Question 17 of 20
What highly anticipated and hugely disappointing 1995 televison special drew attention to Area 51?
... "Alien Autopsy," which aired on Fox, was proved to be a hoax. It allegedly depicted an autopsy near a spaceship crash site.
Question 18 of 20
What project was the A-12 reconnaissance aircraft developed for at Area 51?
... The A-12 was a Mach-3 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft developed for the OXCART Project.
Question 19 of 20
What is another name for Area 51?
... Devotees call it Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, Home Base and lots of other names; the government calls it "nonexistent."
Question 20 of 20
Some people claim an alien lived for several years at Area 51. What was his name?
... Although A-Rod does have otherworldly skills, J-Rod is the name given in a documentary and several books.
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