The 'Bob Lazar: Area 51' Doc Will Leave You Questioning Everything You Thought You Knew About Aliens

The 'Area 51' doc on Netflix explores Bob Lazar's experience working on the Sport Model alien aircraft.

Allison Cacich - Author

Jul. 12 2019, Updated 1:50 p.m. ET

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Over the last year, Netflix has acquired some fascinating documentaries, particularly in the true crime genre. But if you’re interested in conspiracy theories, you have to check out their newest offering: Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers.

The film centers on Bob Lazar, a physicist who claimed in an explosive 1989 interview that the U.S. government was working on alien aircrafts at a site near Area 51, a highly classified operating location in Nevada whose primary purpose is still unknown to this day. 

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Though he’s remained silent for many years about what he allegedly experienced at the top-secret U.S. Air Force facility, Bob Lazar agreed to be interviewed for the Area 51 Netflix doc, which was initially released in 2018. 

Here are some basics you should know before diving into this unbelievable story. 

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What is the Sport Model?

The Sport Model was one of the flying saucers Bob claimed to have helped reverse engineer while working at S-4, a site allegedly close to Area 51. In his 1989 interview, he gave a brief description of how the purported extraterrestrial technology worked.

"There is a reactor in the center of the craft. In [Sport Model], there are only three seats," he disclosed. "At the bottom of the craft, there are several levels in there. At the sub level of the craft, there are three gravity emitters. They look like a couple 55-gallon drums stuck on top of one another. Just big tubes."

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He went on to share that the three drums are suspended below the gravity amplifiers and that the reactor is located in the middle. "The reactor produces the energy and produces the base gravity wave," Bob explained. 

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"It’s amplified by the amplifiers and it’s channeled down into the gravity emitters and the gravity emitters can be swung in any direction to produce a distortion in gravity."

Bob added, "There is no wiring, there’s no interconnection between any components. The components work just by being close to one another." He also mentioned that Sport Model was made out of a metallic substance similar to stainless steel.

Is Bob Lazar still alive today?

Bob, who’s now 60 years old, is still alive and continuing to share stories from his alleged dealings with alien aircrafts. He claims to have read government briefing documents that depict instances of extraterrestrial involvement in human affairs dating back 10,000 years. 

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But Bob admits that he now regrets ever saying anything publicly about Area 51. "It’s changed my life a lot," he says of the time he spent out in the desert. "It’s really difficult to find positive aspects of that."

The Area 51 doc on Netflix gives viewers a peek into Bob Lazar’s life today.

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Bob currently owns and operates United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies, which sells materials such as radiation sensors, non-radioactive elements (like pure silicon), and powerful magnets, among other items. 

He still maintains that everything he ever said about S-4 and Area 51 is true. "As much as a lot of people hate it, this stuff really happened," he insists toward the end of the documentary. "I mean, if it bothers you, that’s too bad."

Stream Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers on Netflix now. 

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