New book: Area 51 – Black Jets

Area 51, until recently, was the worst-kept U.S. government secret. We all knew it existed, but the mystery of the place remained, and still does.

Bill Yenne’s book, “Area 51 Black Jets – A History of the Aircraft Developed at Groom Lake, America’s Secret Aviation Base,” does much to unveil the mystery.

Area 51 Black Jets offers a fully illustrated chronology of Area 51’s most famous aircraft projects, including Lockheed’s U-2 “Dragon Lady” and SR-71 “Blackbird” planes, drones ranging from the early Lockheed D-21 to the General Atomics MQ-1 “Predator”, and the famous F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter.


The photos alone are worth the price of admission. The detail in the captions make Area 51 Black Jets easy to thumb through the page when you have but a few minutes.

Area 51 Black Jets has 140 color and 90 black and white photos and 18 diagrams in its 192 pages.

The book is published by Zenith Press and retails for $40. It is available at and “anywhere fine books are sold.”

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