Message posted by Peter Merlin on May 09, 2014 at 8:19:16 PST:
It is known as Detachment 3, Air Force Test Center (Det 3, AFTC). The word "Flight" was dropped in July 2012 when Air Force Materiel Command consolidated 12 centers to five and test assets from California, Nevada, Florida, and Tennessee were placed under the single command of a lead center at Edwards. In some documents the Groom Lake base has been referred to as the National Classified Test Facility. It was previously known as Area 51 (from about 1958-1978) and Watertown Airstrip (1955-1958).
In Reply to: Re: What is the official name for Area 51? posted by greatguess on May 09, 2014 at 7:25:21 PST: