Aug 14, 2014 I Paul Seaburn

Is That a New Hangar in Area 51?

There’s always something going on in Area 51, the US government’s secretive air base in Nevada. This time it’s not accidental tourists but what appears to be the construction of new hangar at the end of a runway.

This is not the first unusual hangar built recently in Area 51. In 2007, satellite images showed a new large hangar that analysts believed was built for testing a new super bomber to replace the B-2 Stealth Bomber.

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An artist's depiction of the B-3 stealth bomber.

New satellite images taken in 2014 show that a second massive hangar has been built, this time located at the end of a runway.

While that sounds like a logical place for a hangar, it’s not at Area 51. In fact, this 225-foot-wide building is a long way from the main facility and hidden from the view of most workers inside Area 51. What could be inside to warrant this extra layer of secrecy?

Some Area 51 watchers speculate it will house an ultra-rapid response combat or spy aircraft that can be on the runway and in the air in minutes. The aircraft is rumored to be the replacement for the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird which uses a hypersonic propulsion system that is highly volatile, thus the need to keep it off in the far reaches of Area 51.

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The SR-72 propulsion system.

Another possibility is that the hangar will house a new stealth transport aircraft to deliver and pick up special forces units as well as weapons and supplies. The remote location of the aircraft in Area 51 would keep the missions secret from satellites.

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Stealth cargo planes from Lockheed and Northrup.

Of course, we obviously already have satellite images of the hangar, courtesy of the aviation website Foxtrot Alpha, which spotted the new hangar and provides much of the speculation.

Whatever the hangar is for, its existence means there’s plenty of secret new activity happening in Area 51. Watch for UFO sightings to pick up soon.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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