On Thursday, many of the details and history around Area 51 and U-2 planes were released in a recently declassified report by the CIA titled "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954 - 1974." The National Security Archive got the CIA to declassify the report under the Freedom of Information Act.
Pictured in this photo is a U-2 plane in 1955.
Pictured here is a prototype of a U-2 at Area 51.
The tail was attached to the main body with just three tension bolts to save weight; and the wings were ultra long, thin, and narrow. The landing gear was also lightweight with a set of wheels in the front and the rear of the aircraft. While on the ground, pogo sticks were used to prop up the U-2's wings.
Pictured here is the U-2 landing gear with the wing pogos.
"If a U-2 was airborne in the vicinity of the airliner... its silver wings would catch and reflect the rays of the sun and appear to the airliner pilot, 40,000 feet below, to be fiery objects," the CIA report reads.
Pictured here is a U-2 detachment flying in formation over Nevada.
Pictured here is the fake NASA U-2 parked at Edwards Air Force Base.