posted on Jul, 10 2006 @ 03:26 PM
The Scoot-n-Hide shed (Bldg. 730/Hangar 19) at Groom Lake has served several purposes.
It is the arm/de-arm facility for aircraft tests involving weapons. There is an explosion-proof building nearby for storing weapons.
It was originally built on an L-shaped taxiway so an airplane could taxi in one side and out the other. It served as a shelter to hide the test
article from uncleared personnel (on the ground, in an airplane, or via imaging satellite). Satellite orbits are well known, but test flights don't
always run on schedule.
It is also a good place to conduct last minute flight preparations or address contingencies. Technicians can work on the test article while being
protected from the elements and from unwanted observation.