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Area 51 Secret Aircraft And Soviet MiGs

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:04:08 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Archived: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 06:50:56 -0400
Subject: Area 51 Secret Aircraft And Soviet MiGs

This release contains a wealth of documents re stealth
technology, Soviet MiGs analysis and reverse engineering, and a
teensy weensy mention of UFOs and ETs.


TWC: Quick Link:


The Area 51 File: Secret Aircraft And Soviet MiGs

Declassified Documents Describe Stealth Facility In Nevada

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 443

Posted - October 29, 2013

Edited by Jeffrey T. Richelson

For more information contact:
Jeffrey T. Richelson 202/994 7000 or nsarchiv.nul

Washington, D.C., October 29, 2013 - The CIA's history of the
U-2 spy plane, declassified this past summer, sparked enormous
public attention to the U-2's secret test site at Area 51 in
Nevada, but documents posted today by the National Security


show that Area 51 played an even more central role in the
development of the U.S. Air Force's top secret stealth programs
in the 1970s and 1980s, and hosted secretly obtained Soviet MiG
fighters during the Cold War.

Compiled and edited by Archive senior fellow Jeffrey T.
Richelson, today's e-book posting includes more than 60
declassified documents. Some of the documents specifically focus
on Area 51 and the concern for maintaining secrecy about
activities at the facility. Included is a 1961 memo from the
CIA's inspector general raising the issue of security, and a
response reporting the shared concerns of the CIA Deputy
Director for Plans, Richard Bissell. Security concerns led to
consideration of photographing the area with U.S. reconnaissance
assets and a debate over the possible release of a photograph of
the facility taken by SKYLAB astronauts.

Other documents focus on the aircraft tested at the facility
(and their operational use) - particularly the stealth F-117.
Those documents include a variety of histories of the F-117
squadron, with details on participation in operations and
exercises. In addition, there are extracts from two reports on
accidents involving F-117 aircraft, as well as histories and
assessments of F-117 deployment in operations DESERT STORM and
IRAQI FREEDOM. Also included are fact sheets concerning three
programs, at least two of which were tested at Area 51 - the
Bird of Prey and TACIT BLUE.

In addition to documents on F-117 operations, a number of
documents focus on the development of stealth capability. One of
those, is the mathematical analysis by Russian physicist and
engineer P. Ya. Ufimtsev that former Lockheed Skunk Works
director Ben Rich called "the Rosetta Stone breakthrough for
stealth technology."

Also represented in the post is another type of activity at Area
51 - the exploitation of covertly acquired Soviet MiGs. Included
is a 300-page Defense Intelligence Agency report on the
exploitation of the MiG-21, a project titled HAVE DOUGHNUT.
Other documents concern the exploitation effort concerning two
MiG-17s, efforts named HAVE DRILL and HAVE FERRY.

Check out today's posting at the National Security Archive's


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