posted on Jul, 24 2006 @ 01:10 PM
Ok since you mentioned photos pre-1955 I did a little bit of digging (infact a very little bit ... it was the first item on a search for "groom lake
before 1955"). I found this
page on Desert Secrets, which has some old photos of Groom
Lake, some during atomic bomb tests and one taken from Groom Mines. I think the problem with these old photos is that loads are probably unknown
because the owner doesnt realise the importance of the image he possesses.
Anyway, on the website there is a large USGS sattelite image of the Groom Lake area taken on 9th October 1952. Check it out
. From this image I identified one area which I thought could possibly be the site of the
dirt runway described in my openning post. I've highlighted the area in this image:
When zoomed you can compare the 1952 image to the 2002 satelite image taken from Google Earth.
This leads me to the conclusion that the area in the image below, contains the remains of "Nellis Auxiliary Field No. 1".
It can be seen that there are two strips of ground which appear outlined and different from surrounding dirt forming an X (or maybe a T). At the
crossover point there is a large white area which I cant work out what it is, does anyone know?
So what do you guys think? Do we agree that this is probably the little X airstrip that Ritland remembered?