posted on Nov, 12 2005 @ 08:40 PM
The story may or may not be true. It certainly seems unlikely that someone on active duty would risk their career to share it.
There are several documented true stories of unauthorized landings at secret bases in Nevada. i have one of the first hand from one of the
28 July 1957 - Civilian pilot Edward K. Current Jr. got lost during a cross-counrty flight and landed at Watertown Airstrip, Groom Lake, Nevada.
Current, a Douglas Aircraft Company employee, was held overnight and questioned. He was released the next morning and sent on his way. The incident
was reported to the Civil Aeronautics Administration and a statement was made to the news media.
8 October 1963 - An F-105, one of a flight of three, experienced an iol pressure malfunction over the Nellis Range during a training sortie. One
F-105 returned to base while the flight leader (a British exchange pilot) led the stricken aircraft to the nearest airfield which happened to be Area
51 at Groom Lake. He advised the student pilot to land despite the lack of radio communications from the Area 51 control tower. Two F-101s intercepted
the F-105s prior to landing and advised the flight leader to land as well. The base commander, Col. Robert Holbury, and security personnel escorted
the F-105 crewmen to a interrogation sessions in separate rooms. They damaged F-105 was repaired and both aircraft departed to Nellis.
Mid-1980s - While on a training flight over the Nellis Range the crew of an F-4 noticed a warning light indicationg that a wing hinge was unlocked,
and the pilot declared an in-flight emergency. He was immediately contacted by radio and asked if he needed to land immediately. He said yes, and was
given vectors to land at Tonopah Test Range. He landed on Runway 32, taxiied up the ramp past a large number of small hangars, and finally came to a
stop near the control tower. Security personnel directed the F-4 crewmen to place bags over their heads and follow their directions. As they
approached a building, a colonel ordered the guards to remove the bags. He felt it was an unnecessary precaution because "they already got a tour of
the whole (expletive deleted) base." The F-4 crew underwent extensive debriefing in separate rooms and were advised not to divulge any details of
their visit to Tonopah. The airplane was repaired and they returned to Nellis. The crewman who related this tale waited about 20 years to share this
story with me, long after he left the Air Force.