Area 51: Origins
America’s once-secret air base had humble beginnings.
- By Peter Merlin
- AirSpaceMag.com, March 26, 2013
By November 1986, the fleet of airliners transporting base workers to and from Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport included six Boeing 737-200 transports. The aircraft are parked on the Area 51 ramp adjacent to the passenger terminal, flight-crew lounge, and security office, where incoming personnel underwent a badge check.