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Area 51's most important military aviation developments are profiled in an illustrated format. When most of us think of
Area 51, we think of aliens, UFOs, and controversial government cover-ups. It's easy to forget that, since the
mid-1950s, the United States' famed extension of Edwards Air Force Base has served as a top-secret CIA testing ground
for many of the most groundbreaking advancements in American military aviation technology. In Area 51 - Black Jets,
author and military historian Bill Yenne offers the first fully illustrated chronology of Area 51's most famous aircraft
projects, including Lockheed's U-2 "Dragon Lady" and SR-71 "Blackbird" reconnaissance planes, drones ranging from the
early Lockheed D-21 to the modern-day General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, and the famous F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter
produced by the Have Blue program during the 1970s. Each project is given its own fascinating chapter illuminating the
aircraft's development at this famed location. But beyond the aircraft themselves, Area 51 - Black Jets also covers a
handful of the many classified experimental programs carried out at Area 51 over the years, such as Have Doughnut, Have
Ferry, and Have Drill - secret undertakings that successfully reverse-engineered such enemy aircraft as the Russian MiG
during the Cold War. Presented in beautiful hardcover format and illustrated with historic color and black-and-white
photographs, diagrams, and maps, this book reveals Area 51 for what it truly is: a clandestine area for the United
States' most cutting-edge technological innovators in military aviation.