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The clearest images of the top-secret Area 51 base ever taken – Pilot takes advantage of Nellis air traffic controller’s mistake and gets unobstructed closeup view of the top-secret facility.

Post processed cleaned up photo of Area 51

A little-known exception to flying near the top secret Area 51 base

Odd oval structure at Area 51 (and solar panel array)

A wily Nevada pilot took advantage of Nellis air traffic controllers in April 2020. The pilot had flown near the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) base before and knew that parts of the highly restricted airspace above the Mojave Desert were sometimes open if no air traffic was using the space. Knowing this, Gabriel Zeifman notified Groom Lake’s control towers that he was flying toward a destination on the other side of the base. After several tries, he finally found the base “cold” (meaning no military flights were taking place in the airspace) and was given permission to fly across an outermost border.

Taking advantage of aircraft control’s mistake

What Area 51 personnel did not know was that Zeifman’s Cessna 150 carried a powerful camera capable of gleaning clear photos from several miles away. The result is some of the best Area 51 photos we’ve seen to date.

Several new tidbits emerged from his excursion. The photos show a massive new hanger under construction, dozens of smaller identical hangers, as well as an unusual hanger on the outskirts of the base.

Hi-resolution Area 51 pictorial gallery

Check out some of Zeifman’s photos in the montage below. We also took some of the raw image files and post-processed them to bring out as much detail as we could. No doubt – you won’t find any better Area 51 photos than these.

Note: Some of the photos are very high-resolution. Download and zoom in, then let us know in the comments below what you have found.

Image Credits

Area 51 Groom Lake cars and vehicles closeup via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Clearest photos yet of Area 51 and Groom Lake via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Gabriel Zeifman takes clearest photos yet of Area 51 via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Odd shaped hangers and buildings at Area 51 via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Odd complex in Groom Lake - bombing targets? via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Closeup of buildings and towers at Area 51 via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Patchwork of complexes on the floor of Groom Lake via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
A grove of trees in the Area 51 complex via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Post processed cleaned up photo of Area 51 via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Odd structures and dirt beams are Area 51 via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Groom Lake from above via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Odd oval structure at Area 51 (and solar panel array) via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Clear wide view of Area 51 and Groom Lake via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Closeup of protective dirt beams surrounding structures at Area 51 via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Odd towers and tall buildings at Groom Lake via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Groom Lake via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Towers roads and protective dirt beam barriers near building structures via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Another wide Groom Lake Area 51 overview via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Very wide view of Area 51 complex via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Area 51 oddness via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Closeup of transformers and secure entrance to Area 51 via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Ultra clear high resolution photo of Groom Lake Nevada via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Pilot photo of runways at Area 51 via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Area 51 photo via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Massive long runway at Area 51 Groom Lake via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Groom Lake overview photo via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Groom Lake runway beginning at Area 51 via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Area 51 overview at Groom Lake Nevada via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Clearest photo yet of Area 51 test range via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Area 51 hangers closeup via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Line of Area 51 buildings and hangers via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Clearest photo yet of Area 51 runways via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Area 51 building complex December 2020 via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)
Zoomed photo of Area 51 Groom Lake via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)

Featured Image Credit

Post processed cleaned up photo of Area 51 via Google Drive by Gabriel Zeifman with usage type - Editorial use (Fair Use)