For many UFO conspiracy aficionados, the phrase "Area 51" conjures up images of a secret military facility in the Nevada desert that's home for captured flying saucers. But is this true?

"Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base," a new book by investigative reporter Annie Jacobsen, lifts the veil on this six-decade mystery and raises a more explosive possibility: Did former Soviet leader Josef Stalin recruit Josef Mengele, the Nazi "Angel of Death," to surgically alter children to look like aliens in 1947 to be part of the legendary Roswell, NM, UFO crash?

If the story is correct, the "UFO" and its otherworldly occupants eventually found their way to Area 51 for examination.


The government has never officially confirmed that Area 51 exists. And yet, as Jacobsen learned while researching her Area 51 book, Cold War spy planes (including the U-2) were developed at the base. Through declassified documents and discussions with Area 51 personnel, Jacobsen pieced together the puzzle of what went on there. "In my reporting, I used 74 sources, 32 of whom lived and worked at Area 51 for extended periods of time," Jacobsen told AOL.

"In many previously classified documents relating to activities at the base, the words 'Area 51' are conveniently blacked out," Jacobsen said. "There's always a euphemism for it -- like 'the test facility' or 'the base' -- but never Area 51."

While conspiracy theorists and UFO devotees have long claimed -- and hoped-- that captured alien spacecraft are housed at the base, Jacobsen claims the secret craft were actually reverse-engineered from a captured Soviet MiG fighter jet. The A-12 Oxcart, a Mach 3 spy plane, was also reportedly developed at Area 51.
尽管阴谋论者和飞碟爱好者一直以来都宣称——并且希冀——截获的飞碟和俘获的外星人就被关押在该区域,雅各布森称,秘密飞行器实际上是对截获的前苏联的米格喷气式战斗机的反向工程研究。A-12复仇者战斗机, 一种速度能达到3马赫的侦查飞机也研发于该区。

Area 51 is an actual military base, located on the shore of a salt flat called Groom Lake, about 80 miles north of Las Vegas.