Former Area 51 scientists break their decades-long silence
David Edwards and Rachel Oswald
Published: Monday April 13, 2009

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UFO theorists and alien conspiracists brace yourselves!

Former employees of the mysterious and infamous Area 51 are now breaking their decades-long silence and coming forward to talk about their work at the ultra-secret military facility.

For decades there have been reports of UFO sightings near Area 51 but the CIA only recently declassified a program that may explain some of those sightings.

Thornton Barnes, a former Area 51 project specialist, told Fox's Bill Hemmer that a secret plane, code-named OXCART, was almost certainly mistaken for a UFO. At the time the OXCART was first brought online, Barnes says no one else in the world had any aero-technology like it.

The A-12 OXCART flew 2,850 missions out of Area 51. The plane could fly at three times the speed of sound at an altitude of 90,000 feet.

"People would see the reflection of the plane at that altitude and at that speed and Iím quite sure that this was responsible for many of the false sightings," Barnes said.

Former Area 51 physicist Edward Lovick agreed. "Commercial aircraft pilots would see something, but they were never really able to see the shape of it," Lovick said. "All they could see was some glint off the bottom of the airplane flying by."

Lovick and Barnes said their work for Area 51 was focused on defeating and besting Soviet aero-technology.

"My work always was involved in attempting to reduce the ability of [the Soviet Union] to detect our aircraft by means of radar," Lovick said.

The A-12 OXCART program was shut down in the late sixties. Other projects at Area 51 remain a secret.

Los Angeles Times has more recently disclosed details about Area 51 here.

This video is from Fox's America's Newsroom, broadcast Apr. 13, 2009.

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