phishphan70
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Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more

Fri May 19, 2017 11:06 pm

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... 5/#d7118d0

Take a look at this flight path. Looks to start at Tonopah Test Range, fly around Area 51, then over to Nellis AFB, then to Ft Irwin, then on to Travis AFB. This is strange...... Does anyone have any idea as to what's going on here, and if this is typical? I was sent another shot of the flight path yesterday, where the same aircraft was just buzzing around the Bay Area all day.
 
phishphan70
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Re: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more

Fri May 19, 2017 11:14 pm

Tomorrow he's headed out of Travis, will fly RIGHT OVER Beale AFB, and then looks to be headed to Fallon NAS.....

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... 5/#d71a6d5
 
Oroka
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Re: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more

Sat May 20, 2017 12:01 am

Nah, its just Trumps buddies out sight seeing, they were invited.
 
ThePointblank
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Re: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more

Sat May 20, 2017 3:11 am

It's part of the Open Skies treaty; we have similar reciprocal rights to conduct overflights and surveillance over Russian territory as well.
 
aklrno
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Re: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more

Sat May 20, 2017 10:34 pm

Plenty of notice ahead of time. They will put the secret squirrel stuff undercover, leave stuff to be inspected out in the sun, no test flights that day.

Anything else they want to know they will just ask Trump.
 
phishphan70
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Re: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more

Mon May 22, 2017 9:44 pm

ThePointblank wrote:
It's part of the Open Skies treaty; we have similar reciprocal rights to conduct overflights and surveillance over Russian territory as well.


Thanks, I spent a lot of time looking over radar tracks for all of the Open Skies planes. Pretty cool!
 
phishphan70
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Re: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more

Mon May 22, 2017 9:45 pm

aklrno wrote:
Plenty of notice ahead of time. They will put the secret squirrel stuff undercover, leave stuff to be inspected out in the sun, no test flights that day.

Anything else they want to know they will just ask Trump.


Thanks for the help, and the laugh! Now if only he'd share info on the B-21 with us, the people paying for it.......
 
BravoOne
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Re: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more

Sun Jun 04, 2017 5:12 pm

While Area 51 remains inside the restricted airspace in the Nellis range it's not unheard of that an airliner will pass within visual distance of this airport. On at least two occasions in the 80's while flying from SAN to SLC in the early hours (0700 PST) we were handed offto Nellis radar and given direct SLC only to come within visual distance of the Area 51 airport. When nellis was questioned about the name of the airport at 2:oo O'clock they either replied, there is no airport, but turn left XX degrees, direct SLC when able, or "you can see that airport?", turn left 20 degrees". Better one, and more recently is when the airport showed up in the FMC NDB for a monthly revision. We don't live in a perfect world!
 
Flighty
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Re: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more

Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:59 pm

My friend is a Russian, now a naturalized US citizen. He was driving around in Nevada trying to find Area 51 I think. They stopped him and interrogated him. He thought he could just drive to the base. He is actually a theoretical physicist who speaks with a heavy Russian accent. On the one hand, I am happy they let my friend go. On the other hand, they had some good reasons to interrogate him lol.
 
jetwet1
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Re: Russians Checking in on Area 51, Edwards AFB, Ft Irwin and more

Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:48 am

There are nice big clear signs that tell you you are on restricted land and turn back now, then you get to the signs that say go any further and you could be shot.

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