Area 51: Origins
America’s once-secret air base had humble beginnings.
- By Peter Merlin
- AirSpaceMag.com, March 26, 2013
Laughlin Heritage Foundation
In 1956, the base had three hangars, flanked by a control tower and warehouse. By March, nine U-2 aircraft had been delivered to the test site. Colonel Landon McConnell replaced Newton as base commander, and Colonel William Yancey oversaw flight-training activities. Four instructors trained pilots in ground school, which was followed by landing practice in a T-33 and, eventually, solo flights in the U-2.