Humor and cynicism of the operators at Area 51


by Norio Hayakawa, May 26, 2023:

A few years ago, the old Wikimapia had claimed that Building #131  (located about 200 feet SE of DYCOMS Radar Building and about 240 feet west of Range B.E. Office at Area 51)  had an unofficial name, the “Majestic 12P” Building which had been humorously named by the operators of Area 51.

Nothing of significance here.

It was a joke created by the operators of Area 51.

They always had a great sense of humor and cynicism.

First they named the former large hangar at the base “Hangar 18“, imitating the Hangar 18 at Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio which allegedly kept the alleged 1947 crashed Roswell alien spacecraft which had allegedly been transferred from a hangar in Roswell and which, in turn, was allegedly transferred thereafter from Wright Patterson to Area 51 when Area 51 was established in 1955.

The operators of Area 51 named that building (Building #131) as “Majestic 12P”, making a joke out of people’s gullible belief in Roswell and the MJ12 stories.  It’s pure cynicism.

Now, some would question whether Wikimapia could be trusted.   But, in my opinion, I believe that Wikimapia must have had informants from locations of interest in their claims, especially when it came to the description of specific items such as this.   Of course everyone knows now that Wikimapia no longer exists because of recent decrease in subscription. 

Some folks even believe that the Russian invasion of Ukraine, even from 2014  (although it was actually Crimea)  may have had some impact on Wikimapia.   Then came 2022.  Too much information provided by Wikimapia may have had some concerns.

Here are some more additional relevant items, courtesy of the old Wikimapia:

Building #131 from Google Earth:   (We are not talking about any significance of this building – – it’s just a building.  We are only interested in the humorous nickname given to this building by the operators of the base)



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The most spectacular UFO sighting in U.S. history – – it happened in Farmington, New Mexico, in 1950 !!

(One of the rare photos of some of the objects seen over Farmington in March of 1950, courtesy of Alejandro Rojas of OPEN MINDS, per photo collection of Wendelle C. Stevens)

Originally written by Norio Hayakawa on May 17, 2010:

Forget about Roswell, 1947.

Forget about Phoenix, 1997.

Sure, those were undoubtedly very important events in the annals of UFO sightings history.

But when it comes to the most amazing sightings ever recorded in the U.S., nothing can even come close to what transpired over the skies of Farmington, New Mexico in 1950.

The most spectacular mass appearance of UFOs in U.S. history took place over the skies of Farmington, New Mexico in March of 1950.  And it happened for three consecutive days, March 15, 16 and 17.

The so-called 1997 Phoenix sightings pale in comparison to what happened in the town, not too far from the Four Corners area.

Anywhere from around 200 to 400 disc-shaped, metallic, silver-colored objects were seen in the sky, performing all kinds of maneuvers, making all kinds of formations and simply giving incredible flight show in the sky.

It all began at around noon-time on March 15, 1950 and lasted for about two hours.

For three consecutive days(from around noontime each day)  hundreds of astonished citizens of this town witnessed the most spectacular daytime mass UFO sightings ever recorded.

And it all took place during broad daylight, usually from around noon, lasting for about two hours.

The front page headline of Farmington Daily Times of March 18, documented the amazing sightings:


(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – due to the excitement, I guess the editors didn’t check the typo error:  “Hudreds”, instead of “Hundreds”)

Here is from the Los Angeles Times:

(Artistic depiction of the Farmington UFO sightings by James Neff, courtesy of James Neff)


For some reason or other, this incident seemed to have been hushed up quickly.

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to visit Farmington and was able to interview an elderly gentleman who was one of hundreds of witnesses to this spectacular event.  He confirmed to me practically all the aspects of that incident as was reported in Farming Daily Times news article.

(I visited the Farmington Senior Center to find some witnesses).  Their number is rapidly diminishing.

According to some townsfolk, government agents came to town quickly after the incident, discouraging people to talk about the incident for national security reasons  (the Cold War had gripped the psyche of the people by 1950 and the people were quite receptive and cooperative with whatever the government had told them, and perhaps even handing them photos or films that they may have taken, negatives including)  and may even have bought up a large portion of the editions of the newspapers of March 18, 1950.


Here are the late Stanton Friedman’s interesting comments about New Mexico, including the Farmington incident of 1950:



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Amazing clouds seen over Albuquerque, New Mexico on Feb. 10, 2018

(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – photo taken by Cindy Romero)

by Norio Hayakawa:

February 10, 2018 was the day when something amazing happened to the skies of New Mexico, especially over Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

It happened around sundown.

Thousands of residents of both Albuquerque and Rio Rancho saw the sky turn into an eerie sight.

Many many folks took hundreds of photos of this phenomenon of stunningly magical and mysterious formations in the sky.

I myself was lucky enough to take a photo of these clouds around the same time in Rio Rancho, using an inexpensive pocket camera:


A few folks also took video footages of the spectacular scenario.

Watch this short video clip by Tod Wilson:

Here is one taken by Ivan Gallegos:



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