Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Area 51 veteran and author T.D. Barnes presented the Evolution of Area 51 in the UNLV Barrick Museum Auditorium as part of the Fall 2014 Lecture Series sponsored by the UNLV College of Liberal Arts. Barnes’ presentation was well received by a standing room only crowd attending to hear Barnes, Former Executive Director, Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame and long-time president of Roadrunners Internationale, provide a declassified insider’s account of the genesis of the facility within Area 51, it accomplishments and how it became a permanent technological laboratory for exploiting enemy technology, as well as testing and evaluating advancements in American military technology. Barnes discussed recruitment and what it was like for individuals working in secrecy during the Central Intelligence Agency era of Area 51 management.
Barnes is the author of MiGs over Nevada, and Odyssey to Area 51, Barnes’ autobiography of how he became selected for Area 51. Barnes is also the author of the EMP series, EMP – Nuclear Winter, EMP – Nuclear Spring, and EMP – Nuclear Summer, as well as Wildcatter a novel that depicts many of his personal experiences as an Oilman after leaving Area 51.