A UFO enthusiast, Han Faulkner, claimed recently to have flown a drone over the top-secret Area 51 air base -- probably the most restricted air space in the world -- in Nevada. Drone footage showing several sections of the facility uploaded to YouTube has gone viral, with UFO enthusiasts from around the world scrutinizing the footage for evidence of alleged UFO-related activity at the facility. But the feat rekindled an old debate in the UFO community.
Some members of the UFO and alien community believe that Area 51 no longer functions as a government-alien secret base, having been replaced since the 1970s by other secret bases such as the Dulce underground facility in New Mexico. UFO and alien conspiracy theorists who subscribe to this view claim that the Area 51 is being maintained by government only as a decoy to distract attention from the "real Area 51s" located across the country.
Faulkner was able to capture rare footage of the secret base using a drone launched from Tikaboo Peak, about 26 miles away from the facility. The Tikaboo Peak is reportedly the closest that visitors are allowed to approach the facility guarded by personnel allegedly authorized to use deadly force against trespassers.