I used to work on Phantoms, not in 82 though, but before my time, I did ask an american, that was on detachment to us, regarding area 51, this was in 91, he was taken aback with me mentioning it, how did I know about it? It does not exist he says.
So I went to the mess for lunch, went back to work, report to the warrant officer straight away. Oh great what have I done now, I was thinking. I was then told, that there was no area 51, and basically to shut up. Well Sir I said, there must be, otherwise why would you call me into your office for? We later established, there was no area 51 after an official order. – Mark Norville