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clickhappy
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Odd Airport In Nevada, Civil Or Military?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 2:37 am

While wasting time on Google Earth this weekend I came across a large airport in the middle of nowhere, anyone know what it is called?

It can be viewed at:

37 47 30.35 N
116 47 15.70 W

Seems like a couple of 'liners are parked on the extreme south ramp, maybe JANET 737's?
 
icebird757
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RE: Odd Airport In Nevada, Civil Or Military?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 2:52 am

Could it be Area 51 maybe?
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rtfm
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RE: Odd Airport In Nevada, Civil Or Military?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 2:52 am

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!!)  Silly
 
rtfm
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RE: Odd Airport In Nevada, Civil Or Military?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:03 am

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.
 
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RE: Odd Airport In Nevada, Civil Or Military?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 3:06 am

Near Tonapah it's definately part of Nellis. There are many aux fileds that are part of Nellis that are used extensively for Red Flag exercises.
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drewfly
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RE: Odd Airport In Nevada, Civil Or Military?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 6:12 am

Hello everyone! First post here.

This is the Tonopah Test Range airport. http://www.airnav.com/airport/KTNX

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.
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RE: Odd Airport In Nevada, Civil Or Military?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 6:37 am

@Drrwfly: Welcome to A.net ! Enjoy it !

Great Info that you could give !

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RE: Odd Airport In Nevada, Civil Or Military?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 6:40 am

Thanks! Been a visitor for years, finally took the plunge. As for the info, being a history major, I'm a bastion of useless facts.
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RE: Odd Airport In Nevada, Civil Or Military?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:21 am

We got planes! We got gates! What the hell!
 
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RE: Odd Airport In Nevada, Civil Or Military?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 7:41 am

"Silverbow"

Been there.

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.
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RE: Odd Airport In Nevada, Civil Or Military?

Tue Jul 12, 2005 1:10 pm

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 9):
If I'm correctly informed, another event in Nevada history happened there in 1962.

Mud Lake is also where Darryl Greenamyer set the FAI 3km speed record of 988.26 mph in the RB-104 on October 24th 1977.

http://www.916-starfighter.de/916starfighter/world/large/104wRB.jpg