Area 51: Origins
America’s once-secret air base had humble beginnings.
- By Peter Merlin
- AirSpaceMag.com, March 26, 2013
Laughlin Heritage Foundation
In preparation for high-altitude flights, U-2 pilots were required to breathe oxygen for two hours at the base’s life-support facility. To pass the time, pilot Ray Goudey reads a 1955 collection of short stories by noted science-fiction authors of the day. Vertical lines on Goudey’s faceplate are heating elements that defrost the glass.