"Janet" is the call sign for the flights that shuttle workers back and forth between Area 51, TTR and Las Vegas. Each weekday about a dozen flights
in each direction transport over 1000 workers to their jobs at Area 51 and at the Tonopah Test Range. The first Janet plane lands at Groom at 4:45am;
its bright landing lights have often been mistaken for a UFO. Based on our observations we have compiled a partial Janet Flight Schedule.
The Janet airline is operated by EG&G, a private contractor that works for Area 51. They use mostly Boeing 737's, and a few smaller Beechcraft
King-air executive jets. The planes are all white, with no airline name or logo, only a red stripe along either side. The Janet planes are registered
to the "Department Of The Air Force" in Layton, UT. Click here for a list of all known Janet planes, with tail numbers, serial number and more.
The Janet terminal is located in the northwest corner of McCarran Airport, in a fenced-off area. It is surrounded by a large parking lot, with almost
2000 spots, which is usually well over 2/3 full on any given workday. Click here for a Map and Aerial Photo of the Janet Terminal Area. The terminal
can be seen from the higher floors of the hotels around the LV Blvd./Tropicana Ave. intersection, especially from rooms on the east side of the Luxor
and in the south tower of the Tropicana.
In 6/2001, while looking for construction for the new Cedar air field (see link below), we noticed some new equipment about 1.2 miles north of Cedar
Gate near the fence inside the boundary. The equipment is shown in the photos below. It turns out to be a mobile radar site with "Smokey SAM"
launchers. Smokey SAMs are practice surface-to-air missiles used in the air exercises around the Nellis Ranges. This new radar/SAM site is a threat
simulator for Red Flag exercises, in particular for the new airfield, which will be located nearby.
It turns out to be a MSQ-T43 threat simulator, a brand-new system being tested in the ranges. From an official document: The MSQ-T43 is an electronic
warfare threat simulator used by combat ranges to train aircrews on how to effectively engage or defend against enemy surface-to-air threats. Thanks
to our reader Neil Robinson for helping us identify the system.
In the early morning hours of September 26, 1995 Andreas von Retyi, German scientific journalist and author of several popular books about Area 51 and
a good friend of mine, saw a strange aircraft on the ramp near Hangar 18. He had camped on Tikaboo Peak with a friend, and in the morning they noticed
a B-2 bomber maneuvering in the distance. Shortly afterwards, while taking photos of Area 51 with a telephoto lens, he noticed a large white plane
sitting on the south ramp, next to Hangar 18.
At first Andreas thought it was a Boeing 737 of the Janet airline, but when he took a closer look through the eyepiece of his 220x magnification
telescope he saw that it was clearly something different.