From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul> Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:47:10 +0700 (GMT+07:00) Archived: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 06:20:08 -0400 Subject: Some Interesting Links Include A-12 At Area 51 Another forward from the Skunk-Works List... Perhaps some duplicate information for the UFO UpDates List... Terry ----- >From: "Jay Miller" <> >To: <skunk-works.nul> >Sent: Monday, May 23, 2011 5:50 PM >Subject: Re: skunk-works FW Some interesting links // includes >A-12 at Area 51 // >To all, >Did a review of the new "Area 51" book by Annie Jacobsen for >ABC News. >In summary, it's a golden opportunity missed. >Annie is not an airplane person and she is not in the least >aviation savvy. She has no depth, no understanding, and no >background that would give her the tools necessary to write >about this most complex of subjects. She refers to "jet fighter >rockets" and "destroyer battleships" and other such crap with >far too much regularity. She gives virtually no credit to Kelly >Johnson for anything that went on at Area 51 during the 1950s >and 1960s - and conversely claims that Dick Bissell did >everything. Tony LeVier's name is mentioned only once (that I >recall), and for those of you who didn't know, the CIA did >everything but build the A-12/F-12/SR-71 and D-21. One of >Lockheed's U-2's crashed (during the mid-1950's flight test >program) as a result of "overheating". >I am, to put it mildly, sorely disappointed in this book. Any >"non- fiction" history of Area 51 that claims the Roswell, NM >flying saucer crap as the site's raison d'etre and that the >flying saucer itself was the end product of Russia's post-war >collaboration with the Horton Brothers isn't worthy of being a >door stop, much less an historical resource in my reference >library. >Don't waste your money - not even the photos are fresh. Re: skunk-works FW Some interesting links includes A-12 at Area 51 Jay Thanks for the critique on the book. It's a real shame, because there's a fantastic (literally) story to be told about Groom Lake, though how Kelly Johnson could be virtually airbrushed out of it is beyond understanding. As you know, in Ben Rich's book 'Skunk Works' the topic is covered to some degree. I don't know what it is about that place that sends apparently sentient beings ga-ga. Back in the mid 90s I was asked by my editor to look into writing an article about it - I think the news tag was the roll-out of Tacit Blue - so that would make it '96. I began the research by calling the Pentagon. I told them who I was writing for and asked to speak to someone about Groom Lake. According to all the received 'wisdom,' I was expecting to be told that no such base existed and down would go the phone. However, to my surprise, I was put through to a very helpful major who pointed out that as I appreciated, we were literally getting into classified territory, but that he'd fax me through the DoD's standard statement on the subject and that if I had any further questions, I could always ask, but the fax pretty much said all there was to say. When it came through, it said (from memory, but I still have it somewhere) that within the Nellis range near Groom Lake there was a remote site at which classified testing was undertaken that was vital to the security of the US. This site had no specific name as it was simply part of the Nellis Range. Not even a suggestion that the base didn't exist - simply that it didn't have a name. That was way back then, so why - even to this day, do some so-called 'researchers' keep banging on about the base that isn't officially acknowledged to exist? Despite that phone call - as far as I'm aware, I haven't been followed by black helicopters or tailed by MIBs in 60s black sedans - but I have to say, this micro-chip in my neck is a real PITA:) Best David Terry W. Colvin Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand http://terrycolvin.freewebsites.com/ [Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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