Area 51: Origins
America’s once-secret air base had humble beginnings.
- By Peter Merlin
- AirSpaceMag.com, March 26, 2013
The cabins, or “hooches” (officially known as Babbitt Housing), provided accommodations only marginally better than the trailers. To occupy non-duty hours, Lockheed A-12 pilots converted House 6 into a bar and established a running poker game. Other recreation facilities included a three-hole golf course, movie theater, gymnasium, basketball and squash courts, fishing pond, and softball field.