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Luftfahrt - Area 51 History

 

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During the 1950s, the Area 51 base, originally named Watertown Airstrip, consisted of three small hangars, a control tower, dormitories, a warehouse and a few administrative buildings. It was meant to be a temporary facility until all of the U-2 spy planes were deployed to operational sites around the globe.
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Area 51 grew into a permanent facility during the 1960s. New features included large hangars, better personnel accommodations, and an 8,500-foot concrete runway with a 10,000-foot asphalt overrun for emergency use.
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As the base population expanded, several dozen trailers were acquired to provide rudimentary accommodations for contractors, military and government personnel.
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