Area 51: Origins
America’s once-secret air base had humble beginnings.
- By Peter Merlin
- AirSpaceMag.com, March 26, 2013
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
On July 29, 1955, Lockheed test pilot Tony LeVier made the U-2’s unofficial first flight during a taxi test, when he inadvertently left the ground at a speed of 70 knots and remained airborne for a quarter of a mile before making a rough landing.