Pardon Their Dust
I just drove by there Friday before last, and if they moved Area 51, they didn't waste any time replacing it with something at least as
I stopped in at Rachel, NV that afternoon and had a traditional Alien Burger at the fabled Little A'Le'Inn
during the course of my short meal counted no less than six LOUD sonic booms. They shook the place so violently that I thought at first a delivery
truck had backed into the building.
According to co-owner Pat Travis (who fixed the burger for me), it's like that almost every day out there, and sometimes at night as well.
She said one of the booms was so loud earlier that day that it almost knocked one of the TVs off its shelf. Considering how concussive the “soft”
booms were, I was duly impressed. The place was shaking and rattling like an earthquake at times.
While those were probably just “mundane” military aircraft doing the “usual” training out of Nellis (she referred to the booms as “her
kids” learning how to fly their planes), and Rachel isn't positioned such that Area 51 air traffic (which I imagine flies mainly at night) can
necessarily be distinguished from “conventional” military air traffic, it was quite clear to me based on Mrs. Travis' descriptions that the
Nellis Range as a whole is very, very busy these days.
Chuck Clark wasn't hanging out there when I stopped in (he was there last time I visited Rachel), but I inferred from what Pat was saying that there
has been plenty for him to study out at Area 51 these days, and unless it's all just commercial hype to drum up business, my sense is that rumors of
the death of Area 51 are greatly exaggerated.
I took some pictures while I was at the Little A'Le'Inn, and may do a photo essay about it for fun.
Of course, these are just my impressions gathered from light conversation (and several sonic booms) in a nearby town and hardly authoritative, but it
will take a lot more than a Popular Mechanics article to convince me that Groom Lake has been shut down.
On the other hand, I hear the skies over the Australian Outback are quite something these days.
And um, shouldn't this be in the Area 51 & Other Facilities forum instead of 9/11 & 7/7 Conspiracies?
[edit on 11/28/2005 by Majic]