Area 51 has long been a mecca for alien enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists interested in uncovering its deep, dark secrets.
This week, journalist Annie Jacobsen published a book entitled "Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base," in an attempt to reveal some of America's best kept UFO legends.
In her book, Jacobsen claims a particularly interesting alternative theory to the infamous 1947 "UFO crash" in Roswell, New Mexico.
Basing her premise on Area 51 history as well as an interview with an unnamed former engineer who worked at the base, she believes it was not aliens at all who touched down, but rather a Nazi-inspired Soviet spy plane.
To truly understand where she’s coming from, it’s important to understand the main purpose of Area 51.
In the 1950s, the base was associated with the Atomic Energy Commission which used the nearby Nevada Test and Training Range to test atomic bombs.
Because of the nature of these tests, Jacobsen says that everything happening in Area 51 was "born classified."
To be sure, the CIA, Lockheed and Pentagon worked together at the base to develop spy planes such as the U-2 and A-12 Oxcart, while also reverse-engineering Cold War Soviet aircraft.
According to Jacobsen, Stalin used captured Nazi aircraft designs to create a new class of planes. As part of a supposed Orson Welles inspired "War of the Worlds" plan, the Soviet dictator decided to send a heavily modified aircraft to crash in the Neveda desert.
Jacobsen says Stalin had the infamous Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele provide surgically altered "grotesque child-sized avatars" who were supposed to climb in and out of the plane, purportedly to confuse people into thinking they were aliens from outer space.
When the plane crashed in Roswell, some gullible Americans were tricked by the so-called plot. Effective!
Jacobsen believes the survivors of the Roswell crash may have been transported to Area 51 where they were likely experimented upon for decades.
Which theory is more out there, aliens or "grotesque child-sized avatars" flying a Nazi-inspired Soviet plane?
(Via SF Gate)