RTFM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 402 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3093 times:
Don't know but there appear to be some very large yellow butterflies resting on the taxiway next to the north end of the runway.... or are those lemon wedges? (Would love to see the size of the G&T they go in!!)
RTFM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 402 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3064 times:
On a serious note, almost certainly military - it's on the Tonapah range if I am not mistaken. If you follow the road that leads off to the north it eventually joins US6. Hang a left and follow it west to the city of Tonapah.
It is just inside the Nellis range and is used extensively for Red Flag exercises, as DAYflyer stated. Also, it was the home of the F-117, once production started and before it was declassified. Notice that the Northern ramp is completely surrounded by a double fence. This surrounds the fighter barns. Aircraft taxiing out had to wait for the fence to open to proceed. Clickhappy, those have to be JANET 737s, as this is probably where workers heading to the electronic combat range get off, as it is close by.
A-10 Thunderbolt II, ugly as hell, efficient as hell, would you like to meet my boomstick?
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 69 Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2755 times:
Scroll west-northwest about five or six runway lengths and you will see a nearly round dry lake. That is Mud Lake. It was one of the drop points for the X-15 project. They always dropped it over a place where it could be landed if it failed to light.
That happened at Mud Lake three times: Jan 10 1962 (Peterson) Nov 9, 1962 (McKay) and Jun 29 1967 (Knight). There is a film of the McKay crash, taken by an aft-pointing camera. The plane slid about five miles and finally rolled over. It was rebuilt and he flew again.
If I'm correctly informed, another event in Nevada history happened there in 1962. Newt Crumley, the man who pioneered entertainment in casinos also died there when his Aero Commander iced up.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.