Of course, everyone knows first contact will really happen in the middle of Montana in 2063, but we’re talking about Roswell right now.
The declassification of Area 51, whereas is disappointing for conspiracy theorists (of course, the government is still covering it up), is still a fun event for alien enthusiasts (like myself) and a very interesting study of human psychology. In actuality, as many people have deduced, Area 51 was/is a testing ground for experimental military aircraft. During the cold war, Area 51 was the main base of operation for test flights of the U2 spy plane.
The U2 flew around 80,000 feet, making it the highest-flying aircraft of the time (and one of the highest flying planes of all time). For comparison, commercial planes at the time flew between 10,000 and 20,000 feet while other military aircraft (such as the B47) could fly at 40,000 feet (commercial airliners today can fly around 40,000 feet).
Unsurprisingly, the document claims, “High altitude testing of the U2 soon led to an unexpected side effect – a tremendous increase in reports of unidentified flying objects.” The U2 displayed many of the characteristics attributed to alien UFOs and often appeared like fiery objects in the evening sky (this allowed the wings of the U2 to reflect sunlight back to Earth).
Maybe, sometime in the future, the CIA will finally acknowledge the UFOs that landed in Roswell. I mean, with Justin Beiber running around, it’s only a matter of time before somebody runs a genetic test on him to determine that he an alien fugitive and the CIA has been helping him hide.
*insert X-files theme song*