CIA, secret base, black projects, aliens? Put those together in the 'middle of no where' and what do you get? A very special,unique gathering in the southern Nevada desert about 150 miles north of Las Vegas. Former workers at the infamous Area 51 made the trek on October 5 to the tiny oasis of Rachel, Nevada--only just about 20 miles away from the secret base that does not really exist. Roadrunners Internationale, an organization of those who worked at Area 51 during the dark days of the Cold War caravanned along with CIA staffers and aviation enthusiasts to the infamous Little A'Le'Inn right off the Extraterrestrial Highway to meet and greet locals and tourists on a cold, rainy and windy day in the high desert.
'Who would've ever thought we would someday be all together, here in Rachel talking about what we did in secret more than 50 years ago," said Thornton T.D. Barnes, president of Roadrunners Internationale. "We are so glad that now we can share with others."
|Frank and TD having a laugh "at the aliens expense"|
|The "Black Mailbox"|
And, of course to take field trips such the one to Rachel. "We made a stop at the Black Mailbox," said Jeff Hollenbeck, associate member. "Although the mailbox is really white." The mailbox belonging to local rancher is widely known as a place where UFO buffs claim people get abducted by the aliens.
At the Inn, cameras were flashing and people conversing while enjoying an 'Alien Burger." The CIA store had among many items, various mugs, shirts, coins and hats for sale with both the CIA logo and the A-12. This writer also bought a bottle of Little A' Le' Inn red wine.
Murray even bought some 'out of this world' items at the Inn.This has been a great experience," he said. "'Funny being out here after all these years." Barnes, who is also the Director of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame (NAHF) "This all ties together with NAHF, too, he said.'There is so much aviation history right in Nevada."
Stay tuned for more news from 'no where'.
Contributed by: Connie Pardew