posted on Mar, 23 2005 @ 12:47 PM
The base per se, the core part of it is only about a mile from end to end, from the south bank of hangars constructed for the CIA A-12 program to the
northern set which are often called the "Red Hat" hangars. The only operational runway is only 11 thousand feet long give or take. There are
associated facilities to the north of Groom such as Slater Lake, which has a number of Russian radar systems which new stealth aircraft are tested
against. There's also a large facility on top of Bald Mountain in the Groom range which has a couple rather large domed antennae. To the south
there's a radio facility on Papoose mountain which presumably relays flight test radio traffic to the facility while the tests are over the Nellis
ranges. Over near TTR there's a larger threat facility called S-4, NOT the Lazar so called S-4 but another electronic test range, also in that area
is the Tolicha Peak electronic test range which develops and tests new domestic systems against their foreign counterparts. All this in the Nellis
range which is roughly the size of Switzerland. It's a lot of nothing out there with scattered training airspaces, bomb ranges and test facilities.
Not to mention the radioactive dust pile called the NTS, just over the mountains from Groom. Bad enough they burned their own toxic wastes at Groom
when they enjoy the quaint pleasures of gamma radiation every day.