posted on Nov, 27 2005 @ 02:36 AM
Hi there, I'm new here, first post, but I may be able to help you identify some features there. Yes, it's a very large "eye chart" for satellite
and aerial imagery. There are 3 stripes in sets that are vertical and horizontal. The smallest group that both directions can be resoved as 3
lines and not just a white blob is the resolution. The Google image is around 9-10 sets in going from large to small. The same kind of resolution
charts are used for calibration of technical photography such as microfilm archiving of mapsets.
L(ibby)AAF is a joint use facility, civillian and military. On the south side of the primary active (runway 26)is the military side. The north
side is civil aviation, commercial ops, flight training, and Aviation Ground Services. It's probably the easiest military base to fly into, and the
controllers are on good terms with the General Aviation crowd.
The two airfield complex to the north of rwy 26 is known as the "black tower" and lots of strange albeit small (and unmanned) aircraft operate off
these fields. It's an intersting place to do some skywatching. The expansions at the BT complex are mostly related to training. Try looking up
"UAV" in the Sierra Vista Herald
South of the "eye chart" where the aircraft you've found are is a test facility i believe. The triple arc A frame thing in the middle is IIRC is
some sort of radar range. You can see it from the highway, looks like a huge piece of modern art in the desert.
The aircraft that appears on the roof of the building just to the east of the radar cage is a shadow of an aircraft possibly downwind/base for 21.
There is an AC on the runway about 1000' from the threshold of 26. The old twin behind the building is a dead airframe that probably got dragged
out there and left for dead, or parts.
Across 26 on the west side of the tower you'll see some big red marks, try to figure out whatn that is, I'll give you a hint, the marks are about as
wide as the span of a P3 orion at the widest point.
The real "secret" is what's supposedly "in" the mountians behind that area. Some have claimed since the 70's that there's a Dulce style base
inside the mountians, over the years a few hikers have came up missing for a few days around the backside of the mountians and told stories ranging
from alien abduction to entering caves and ending up inside huge facilities. I have no idea what exactly the deal is with the hollowed out mountian
is, but there is something there, strange lights way up in the mountains are sometimes seen.
You should also g-earth Marana airfield and Evergreen Aviation.
The balloon, or Aerostat, is surrounded by a pretty substantial fence that i wouldn't try to cross, but the road/trail that runs by the fenceline is
the entrance to Tinker, a pretty gnarly high speed white knuckle deathwish downhill when you drop in from Pomona Mine on you MTB.
Legend has it that a lone gunman with a 30-06 sat atop the round hill just to the south, Brown Canyon hill, and turned the balloon into swiss cheese,
allowing northbound air traffic from MX to continue to the drop point unimpeded. I don't know if that has much truth to it, most likely urban
legend, but i found it amusing.
That's it for now, this should clear up a few of your question. Interesting place it is really.