Reminiscing about my crazy involvement with Area 51 research – – Norio Hayakawa

(PHOTO, courtesy of Stephen Bradford and Justin Jay Jones)

What got me first interested in Area 51 in 1987 was when I received from a Los Angeles-based writer named Bill Moore  (William L. Moore)  a copy of a satellite photo of Groom Lake taken by the Russians.  He sent me a ten-page research paper on the secretive military base.  I was quite fascinated by it.  Subsequently I met Bill Moore at one of his lectures in L.A. 

In the same year, I attended a presentation given by Bill Steinman who had written a book entitled “The Crash at Aztec” in which a chapter was devoted also to the mysterious base in Nevada.

In October of 1988 I had an opportunity to watch an interesting two-hour syndicated TV program produced by FOX television entitled  UFO COVER-UP LIVE  in which Area 51 was briefly mentioned.  

Also in October of 1988, a researcher by the name of Tal Levesque  (a.k.a. Jason Bishop)  showed me an interesting ad for Amoco Oil Company that appeared on page 50 of AVIATION WEEK & SPACE TECHNOLOGY magazine in which it was promoting a new technology based on new composite materials that would “revolutionize” the aviation industry.  A weird thing was that there was a full-page color “portrait” of a grey “alien” right across from the page, i.e., on page 51.  A strange synchronicity indeed!

In the summer of 1989 I was listening to a late-night Las Vegas radio talk show  (the Billy Goodman show , which I could catch in L.A. area)  in which an alleged former government scientist named Bob Lazar was appearing almost nightly, talking about his work at a secret base just south of Area 51.

In early November of 1989 I made my first trip to Rachel, Nevada.  When I arrived there that evening, the Rachel Bar & Restaurant  (now known as the Little A-le-Inn)  was filled with people and was quite noisy.  There was a large party given by Billy Goodman.  Billy Goodman had come to Rachel with a huge chartered bus filled with his listeners who were interested in going near the place where Bob Lazar was talking about, even though Rachel was 25 miles north of Area 51.

In 1989 I also attended a MUFON conference in Las Vegas in which a wide array of “controversial personalities” such as John Lear, Bill Cooper, Bill English and Bill Moore were all giving presentations.  I was totally fascinated by all these events and personalities.  However, those days were my days of gullibility and immaturity.

In December of 1989 I was contacted by Nippon Television  (NTV)  of Japan to help produce a two-hour special program on Area 51 that was to be shown in Japan.  On February 21 of 1990, I took the Nippon Television team to Bob Lazar’s residence in Las Vegas to interview the so-called former “government scientist”.  After the 4-hour interview, Bob Lazar gave us instructions how to get to the point where we would probably see a test flight of the “craft”.

At sundown on Wednesday, February 21, the television crew of 8 and I set up several tripods right at the now-famous “black mailbox” at Highway 375  (at the 29 and a half mile marker, the so-called Mail Box Road).

We witnessed and documented on film what appeared to be a test flight of “something” over the Groom Mountains.  I was totally fascinated by what we all saw from a distance.

Subsequently the two-hour documentary on Area 51 was broadcast nationwide in Japan in March of 1990 and generated lots of attention there, when Area 51 was not even a household name in the United States at that time!  That was the beginning of my ten-year span of involvement in the research on Area 51.

I really wanted to get to the bottom of this mysterious base – – what truly was going on over there.  Was there any extraterrestrial technology there?  However, those years were my years of naivete and immaturity.  I began a loosely-knit networked called the Civilian Intelligence Network, together with Gary Schultz of Santa Monica.  Since then I made countless trips to the perimeter areas, including climbing atop White Sides to view the facility from the distance in 1991, 1992 and 1993.  I also had an opportunity to Climb atop the Freedom Ridge very early in 1994 to view the facility before it was placed off limits to the public.

In December of 1990 I even organized and led a 25-car caravan to Area 51 together with Gary Schultz and invited an L.A. Times reporter to cover the event.  The article appeared in March of 1991 in L.A. Times.  In May of 1991 a group of seven vehicles that I was leading came under dangerous harassment by a military helicopter  (CH-53)  on Groom Lake Road.  

During those years, the anonymous security vehicles were all large Broncos and the omnipresence of security vehicles on various dirt roads on public land was quite intimidating.  We also had quite a number of run-ins with the Lincoln County Sheriff Deputies.  At that time Freedom Ridge was not known.

In 1992 I co-sponsored the first  NEED TO KNOW SEMINAR  at the Little A-Le-Inn with Gary Schultz.  The Little A-Le-Inn was filled with people  (standing room only)  that evening.  The only speakers at the Seminar were Gary Schultz and yours truly.  However, among the audience that memorable evening were John Lear, George Knapp, Bob Lazar, Bill Cooper, Sean Morton, Lincoln County Sheriff Dahl Bradfield and a whole wide array of personalities all under the same roof intensely listening to our presentation.

In those days I was very much into conspiracy theories.  However, I had a very different take on the subject matter.  My belief then was that there was nothing “alien” about Area 51, that the so-called “extraterrestrial” connection to Area 51 was just a convenient cover story brilliantly concocted and promoted by the “government” to conceal developments of new military weapons systems integrated with avionics and aeronautics technology.  Nevertheless I was categorized as part of the fringe personalities.  But again, those were my years of gullibility and immaturity.

In 1993 Gary Shultz and I organized the first  ULTIMATE SEMINAR  in Rachel.  There were about 250 people that came from all parts of the U.S. for that seminar.  Bob Lazar was the main speaker.  He drove in from Las Vegas with his Corvette and his license number was MJ-12!  That seminar became his first public speaking appearance.   It was held at the parking lot of the Little A-Le-Inn under a huge military tent which Joe Travis later on, I believe, said that he had “borrowed” from the base!

It was around that year that Glenn Campbell, a computer analyst from the East Coast had settled down in Rachel to find out what was going on at Area 51, hearing all the commotions about the goings-on in Nevada.  He subsequently made an extensive research on the whole area, and became a major source of coverage in the major media concerning the “secret base”.  Glenn Campbell “discovered” the spot known as Freedom Ridge, the view of the facility from which was slightly closer than from White Sides.  The rest is history.

Therefore I was one of several Area 51 activists during the Pre-Glenn Campbell years, the years when Area 51 was still not a popular “secret” base as it is now.  Towards the late nineties my interest shifted to more realistic issues surrounding Area 51.  I became more interested in the plight of former workers at Groom Lake.

In 1998 I organized the first People’s Rally at Area 51 to bring attention to the media the situation of the workers and other relevant issues.

In January of 2000, I decided to “retire” from further active research on Area 51.  I also began to abandon conspiratorial theories, realizing that Area 51 is a vital research, development and testing complex that is here to stay, no matter what.  I believe it is vital for our national defense.

Here is my conclusion about Area 51:

There is nothing extraterrestrial there.  It’s good old American technology.  The government sits back and watches – and sometimes manipulates – these UFO stories to keep people from asking about the real activities there – – the real activities involving research, development and testing for leading-edge hypersonic aircraft, advanced drone systems and weapons systems integrated with avionics – – so vital for our national defense !!

I met Joerg Arnu in San Jose in 1999 when I was giving one of my last public presentations on Area 51.  It was such a great pleasure to have met Joerg.  What a tremendous honor it is for me to pass along this seemingly endless but interesting research and pursuit on the nation’s fascinating premier R & D and test base to Joerg Arnu and his Dreamland Resort site and his excellent staff.



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The most detailed aerial photos of Area 51 captured by a civilian pilot


The most detailed aerial photos of Area 51 were revealed in 2020 by Gabe Ziefman, a civilian pilot and ATC  (air traffic controller)  who lives near Edwards Air Force Base in California.  These photos had been posted since 2020 in Dreamland Resort website, the world’s largest online resource on Area 51, but were removed from the site on November 3 after the FBI and AFOSI agents searched and ransacked the homes of the site owner, Joerg Arnu.

However, one can still see these detailed aerial photos here, as posted by KRON-TV Channel 4, San Francisco’s popular TV station:




Area 51 photographed “legally” by private pilot and aerial photographer




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Area 51 researcher’s homes searched and ransacked by FBI and AFOSI agents

from LAS VEGAS and RACHEL, NEVADA – – special news report, November 11, 2022

On Thursday, November 3,  very early in the morning Joerg Arnu’s homes in Rachel and in Vegas were searched by a combined team of FBI and AFOSI.

Arnu is the owner/operator of, the largest online public resource on Area 51, devoted to all things Area 51, its programs, military aviation and legacy.

More than a dozen agents served a no-knock warrant on his Rachel, NV home.

All his laptops, phones, memory sticks, cameras, drone and other items were seized  (over $20,000 in equipment)  in the raid.

When it was all over he was left in Rachel with two broken doors, broken furniture inside the house and zero means to communicate.   

His Las Vegas home fared a little better, with only a broken front door and torn down blinds.  However, at one point they held his girlfriend at gunpoint.

Each location saw at least 15-20 agents rummaging through his homes and about 8 vehicles.

Needless to say it was a spectacle for curious neighbors, both in Rachel and in Vegas.

In the process he lost all his data, medical files, financial and tax records, passwords, everything.

On top of that he is stuck with thousands in cost for repairs and replacement of the most essential electronics and expected legal fees.

To the best of his knowledge he has not broken the law.

The search warrants were not very specific but aerial photos of Area 51 and other installations came up repeatedly.

He is concerned that overzealous government agents may have used bogus charges against him to “send a message.”

Dreamland Resort is not a UFO website.

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By the way, here may two of the reasons why FBI and AFOSI raided Area 51 website owner’s homes in Rachel and Las Vegas on November 2, 2022.

  1.  These detailed aerial photos taken by Gabe Zeifman, a civilian pilot and an ATC (air traffic controller) who lives near Edwards Air Force Base had already been posted on Dreamland Resort website since 2020, but were removed from the site last week after the raid.   However, one can still see these most detailed aerial photos here:


      2.  Senators alarmed over potential Chinese drone spy threat:








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