Area 51 - Black Jets: A History of the Aircraft Developed at Groom Lake, America's Secret Aviation Base

Area 51 - Black Jets: A History of the Aircraft Developed at Groom Lake, America's Secret Aviation Base

by Bill Yenne


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Area 51's most important military aviation developments are profiled in an illustrated format. When most of us think of Area 51, we think of aliens, UFOs, and controversial government cover-ups. It's easy to forget that, since the mid-1950s, the United States' famed extension of Edwards Air Force Base has served as a top-secret CIA testing ground for many of the most groundbreaking advancements in American military aviation technology. In Area 51 - Black Jets, author and military historian Bill Yenne offers the first fully illustrated chronology of Area 51's most famous aircraft projects, including Lockheed's U-2 "Dragon Lady" and SR-71 "Blackbird" reconnaissance planes, drones ranging from the early Lockheed D-21 to the modern-day General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, and the famous F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter produced by the Have Blue program during the 1970s. Each project is given its own fascinating chapter illuminating the aircraft's development at this famed location. But beyond the aircraft themselves, Area 51 - Black Jets also covers a handful of the many classified experimental programs carried out at Area 51 over the years, such as Have Doughnut, Have Ferry, and Have Drill - secret undertakings that successfully reverse-engineered such enemy aircraft as the Russian MiG during the Cold War.  Illustrated with historic color and black-and-white photographs, diagrams, and maps, this book reveals Area 51 for what it truly is: a clandestine area for the United States' most cutting-edge technological innovators in military aviation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760361450
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 743,241
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Bill Yenne is the author of more than three dozen nonfiction books on historical topics. His books on aviation and military history have included Area 51 Black Jets—which T. D. Barmes, formerly with NASA High Range and Area 51 Special Projects, described as "not a book that the reader will lay down and not finish. It holds one's interest from front to back." Yenne has also contributed to encyclopedias of World War I and World War II and has been featured in several documentaries which have aired on the History Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the Smithsonian Channel, and ARD German Television. The Wall Street Journal notes that Yenne writes "with a cinematic vividness." Yenne has also authored ten novels and has penned several books on beer and brewing history, including Beer: The Ultimate World Tour.

Table of Contents

Prologue What Is Area 51? 6

Chapter 1 How Nowhere Became Somewhere 14

Chapter 2 The Skunk Works Goes to Paradise 26

Chapter 3 Angels in the Blue Book 40

Chapter 4 Angels in Red Skies 50

Chapter 5 Angels at the Turning Point 58

Chapter 6 Imagining the Archangels 70

Chapter 7 Archangels Over Area 51 80

Chapter 8 The Tagboard from the Sorcerer's Dungeon 94

Chapter 9 The Blackbird 102

Chapter 10 MiGS Over Tonopah 114

Chapter 11 From Hopeless Diamond to Black Jet 124

Chapter 12 Aurora, Black Manta, and Things that Went Pulse in the Night 138

Chapter 13 Whales, Birds of Prey, and the True Deep Black 150

Chapter 14 Send in the Drones, Watch for the Beasts 160

Epilogue Still Out There 174

Acronyms 184

About the Author 185

Bibliography 186

Index 188

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