Area 51: Origins
America’s once-secret air base had humble beginnings.
- By Peter Merlin
- AirSpaceMag.com, March 26, 2013
Laughlin Heritage Foundation
With the Groom Range mountains in the background, Article 361, the first U-2 built for the Air Force, sits on the lakebed after landing. A 1953 Willys-Overland one-ton, four-by-four truck waits to tow the aircraft back to the airstrip. Article 361 was constructed at Lockheed’s plant in Oildale, California.