The United States Air Force facility commonly known as Area 51 is a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the correct names for the facility are Homey Airport (ICAO: KXTA) and Groom Lake, though the name Area 51 was used in a CIA document from the Vietnam War. Other names used for the facility include Dreamland, and nicknames Paradise Ranch, Home Base and Watertown. The special use airspace around the field is referred to as Restricted Area 4808 North (R-4808N).
The base’s current primary purpose is publicly unknown; however, based on historical evidence, it most likely supports the development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems (black projects). The intense secrecy surrounding the base has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore. Although the base has never been declared a secret base, all research and occurrences in Area 51 are Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). In July 2013, following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in 2005, the CIA publicly acknowledged the existence of the base for the first time, declassifying documents detailing the history and purpose of Area 51.
Area 51 is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (134 km) north-northwest of Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large military airfield. The site was acquired by the United States Air Force in 1955, primarily for the flight testing of the Lockheed U-2 aircraft. The area around Area 51, including the small town of Rachel on the “Extraterrestrial Highway”, is a popular tourist destination. –Wikipedia
Expedition 51 required the team to venture deep into the most remote regions of the Nevada desert. It wasn’t until the team returned from the expedition that they were able to reveal the target locations. The once secret locations, are now known as Pioche NV, Rachel NV and Area 15. #Expedition51 was led by MUFON certified researcher, Nate Cowlishaw (book a tour with him). The expedition took the team to through various ghost towns and eventually ended at the secured gates of Area 51. The expedition had three goals 1) document the suspected haunting in room #10 of the Overland Hotel 2) prove the existence of alien life 3) survive both encounters. The following is the official field report and visual record from Expedition 51. The contents of the report were compiled by a team of explorers from The Photo Frontier.
- Location:Pioche NV, Rachel NV, Gates of Area 51
- Date: March 17-20 2016
- Expedition Gallery: Click To View
- Justin Balog: www.justinbalog.com
- Armando Martinez: www.armandom.com
- Michael Mclean: michaelmcleanphotography.com
- Nate Cowlishaw: TalkingTree.org
Expedition Vehicle: Rented Domestic Model SUV
Strongest WiFi Signal: Little A’le’Inn Inn Restaurant & Bar – Rachel, NV
Number of Confirmed UFO Sightings: 0
Number of Unconfirmed UFO Sightings: 1
Number of Ghost Sightings: 0
Number of Petroglyphs suggesting humanity’s origins are extraterrestrial: 1
Number of conspiracy theories shouted at the gates of Area 51 by Nathan: 1
Number of uncomfortable team members as Nathan shouted conspiracy theories at the gates of Area 51: 3
Number of meetings with the governing body of Modena, UT: 1
Team Shutter Actuations: 6345
Team Camera Count: 9
Avg Hours Of Sleep Per Night: 6.2
Although #Expedtion51 didn’t have an official playlist, it did have an anthem. Katy Perry’s E.T. (feat. Kanye West) was adopted as the official song.
A hashtag is a type of label or metadata tag used on social network and microblogging services which makes it easier for users to find messages with a specific theme or content. Users create and use hashtags by placing the hash character (or number sign) # in front of a word or unspaced phrase, either in the main text of a message or at the end. Searching for that hashtag will then present each message that has been tagged with it.-Wikipedia
Day 1: Cedar City, UT – Lund, UT – Cathedral George Park – Pioche, NV
After the entire team had assembled in Las Vegas, we made our way to the rally point in Cedar City where we would begin the expedition. Day 1 provided a look at the forgotten west as we made our way to our primary objective which was Pioche, NV the home of the Overland Hotel. Our route on Day 1 took the team through the towns of Lund, Beryl, Modena and Picohe. We also discoverd the magic of Cathederal Gorge State Park.
- Having beers with Allen.
- Learning about Bob Lazar.
- Visiting sacred grounds and observing the silence.
- Spending the night in Room 10 at the Overland Hotel.
According to JD_Movie_Guy’ss haunting Trip Advisor review of the Overland Hotel’s Room 10, there is no doubt the room is haunted.
Around 4:30am the door to my brother’s area slammed shut, and then what sounded like a small ruckus started to happen. I was pretty tired, and figured he was just moving his bags around looking for something he lost, or was just frustrated with my occasional snoring. Moments later, into my room bursts my brother, completely freaked out and clearly upset. He said a shadowy being came into his room, slammed the door shut, and then attacked him by holding him down on his bed with a pillow to the point that he couldn’t even breathe, let alone yell for help. He said he struggled and tried everything he could to break free, but couldn’t… until it finally stopped and was gone. I heard the ruckus and it was real. He was scared to death! My brother went through Navy Seal training, and isn’t scared of anything… but this time he was REALLY SCARED! -JD_Movie_Guy
The team’s finding were inconclusive. If there was a haunting, we were too tired to experience it. A night of light painting followed by sunrise, makes for exhausted explorers.
We met Allen while exploring a small town in Utah. Here’s what we know about him…
- He owns half the town.
- He bought an old school and turned it into his personal library.
- He’s been to Burning Man.
- He’s got cold beers in his refrigerator.
Day 2: Pioche, NV – Delmar, NV – Rachel, NV
After sleeping through what might have been a great haunting, we moved on to our second objective. We sought the truth that Bob Lazar has so diligently maintained. Our quest for the truth took us through the towns of Caliente, Delamar and Rachel, NV the home of the world famous Little A’le’Inn.
Robert Scott “Bob” Lazar (/ləˈzɑːr/; born January 26, 1959) claims to have worked on reverse engineering extraterrestrial technology at a site called S4, in the Emigrant Valley and Old Kelley Mine area near the Area 51 test facility. Universities from which he claimed to hold degrees show no record of him.-Wikipedia
- Traveling the Extraterrestrial Highway.
- Drinking an Alien Stout.
- Not getting arrested while Nate spouted conspiracy theories at the gates of area 51.
- Hearing the story of a woman’s husband who communicated with aliens via Morse Code using a flashlight in their backyard.
Animated Typology of Artifacts From the Extraterrestrial Research Center
The Extraterrestrial Research Center can be found at the eastern end of the Extraterrestrial Highway. In it you will find a tequila distillery and the following artifacts.
On every expedition Justin and Armando conduct personal creative research of their own. On this expedition Justin was fired up about the potential of using Fuji’s Classic Chrome film simulation, probably a bit too fired up. Armando was fired up to try out his new Rolleiflex.
You probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of the Fuji x100 series cameras. Howerver, when Fuji only delivered the Classic Chrome film simulation to the x100T I was pissed off! Yeah, I know we could recrate the look in Lightoom, but I wanted that straight out of camera vibe for my super effecient diary camera workflow. That being said, I wasn’t about to upgrade for a film simulation. I’m a frugal creative. However, when Classic Chrome came to my X-T1 I was all set and this was the expedtion to test it. My dairy camera became just that, an X-T1 along with a 23mm 1.4. I left the 100 at home. That, and nothing but the simplicty of JPGs transferred via WiFi to m iPhone. Hard to believe that is considered simple. 5 years ago it would have been unheard of! The following are the images from my creative experiment. Although I love the look of Classic Chrome, I have to say that it fails when it comes to the sky. If you notice the horrible banding occurring in the sky, that’s a direct result of the in camera image processing. If you have any insight into this flaw, of what would be an otherwise perfect film simulation, please let me know.
This report is the record of my creative findings on #Expedition51 while exploring ghost towns using Lomography’s Redscale XR film. The film used was 120 medium format, loaded into a Rolleiflex 2.8F, using a handheld Minolta IV F light meter with a 5° viewfinder. There’s actually two versions of the Redscale film used in this research. The first is the Redcsale XR ISO 50-200 version you can currently buy at Lomography.
What We Saw
Although the case is still open, and this footage is being analyzed by the highest levels of the government, we received permission to share it with the public. It is important you know what is out there. We know what we saw…….