DeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3910 posts, RR: 8 Posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2933 times:
When I was in LAS in June, I saw several 737-200s that were unmarked, but had a red stripe running down the fuselage (similar to Western's stripe, but with no "W"). They were active & parked at the terminal where the private jets & Scenic Airlines were. I heard the radio callsign, and it sounded like "JanEt" or something. They flew pretty regularly. When we drove up to the parking lot & asked the security guard about it, he said it was a charter company. Is this true?
Does anybody know what I'm talking about & who these 737s are operated by?
Jabpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 424 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2908 times:
They go by the callsign "Janet" and used to fly numerous trip daily from BUR-PMD and BUR-Groom Lake back when the F-117 and Lockheed were in full swing at BUR airport. I'm not sure who currently operates these flights from LAS or where they fly them to but it is still a pretty secretive operation.
Of course, there are pages on the "JANET" flights...
does anybody venture a guess what "JANET" stands for in Military parlance.....? Would it be safe to guess J-A-N might stand for "Joint-Air-Network......" to start...?
read some of the reports, they're really interesting-especially about the "Cammo-Dudes"...
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2695 times:
>>>I notice that in that picture, it appears that all of the window shades are closed. Is that a requirment on those area 51 flights?
Not that I'm aware of. It could just as easily be to be to keep the aircraft cool. It's not as if Janet's passengers might "see" something, since they all have all sorts of clearances to be on the aircraft and headed to TNX to begin with...
AA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2616 times:
These aircraft were operated in the '80's by Key Airlines. They started out flying 402's and suddenly got these 737's. ATA was doing a "scheduled" service from Nellis to Tonopah in the '90's. I don't know if the crew needed any special quals or security--I doubt it, though.
A couple of years ago, a TWA MD80 lost an engine and diverted to "the airport that doesn't exist". The hangers were all closed and the pax were disembarked and taken to an empty hanger where they were fed and "briefed" by an Air Force officer. The briefing basically was 'you know where you are and what this is, please don't take any pictures or your cameras will be confiscated'. As I remember, they were bussed back to SFO and the plane was fixed and flown out(although I never heard any of the details of the repairs or ferry flight).TC
DeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3910 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2523 times:
Ok, thanks for the responses. That's what my dad thought they were for (Area 51), but I wasn't sure. Are the planes ex-Western? That's what it looks like. Pretty interesting history about them! I'd never heard of the TW MD-80's problem & having to land there.
Tom in NO- That's one of the planes! There were about 7 of them while I was there.
_Northwest_ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2460 times:
Yep for sure JANET aircraft. I just got back from Vegas 20 days ago and luckily I am going back in 17 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didnt get a chance to really "tour" the airport but I had a pretty good view from my room in the Luxor maybe I will stay at Mandalay Bay sometime so they will fly RIGHT past my window.. This time though I dont think I will see my air traffic from my room at the Bellagio.
Speaking of it, anyone else ever been in it? I went in to gamble a few bucks and walked around it is pretty nice, but believe it or not I liked the Luxor better even though the Bellagio is about $500.00 a night and really nice I just really love the inside and outside of the Luxor