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Originally posted by gfad
This is a bombing target just north of Tonopah Test Range.
You can find it at:
Originally posted by granoladude
Another discussion sparked from this could also be the question of why they use these gigantic targets. Personally, I'd want my tax dollars going defense systems that could pinpoint a grain of sand in the desert rather than just round off a few calculations and hit the general vicinity of this giant symbol in the desert that easily gives me the spooks as i zoom in on it in late at night on Google Earth
Originally posted by Shadowhawk
I'm not sure why this up for discussion yet again. It has been covered by many previous ATS threads every time someone "discovers" this "mysterious" feature at Tonopah Test Range (TTR).
This is Hard Target, just off the southern edge of Main Lake. TTR was used for testing weapon ballistics and penetrating capabilities. Hard Target is a 750-foot-diameter pad of 1-foot-thick concrete with 4,000 psi strength. It occupies 438,000 square feet.
Other targets at TTR include Main Lake, in the center of the lakebed; Rebel, a diamond-shaped target on the lakebed; Mid Target, desert turf witha checkerboard pattern of 100-foot squares; Pedro, a dry lakebed target with no specific dimensions; and Antelope, a 272,600-square-foot lakebed target.
The six permanently defined targets are spaced along a flight line through the range on a heading of 347 degrees true. Soil composition and target construction offer a variety of surface conditions including sandy soil, had-packed clay, and concrete. Gravel and rocky soil (or solid rock) are available as well.
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
hi all , US missile silos locations are availiable via this google earth download file
hope this helps
Originally posted by kuhl
438,000 square feet is just too big to train bomber pilots imo.
We now have laser guided paveways and I.R./camera missiles so whya target so big ?
Its like hitting a house with a needle from 5 yards.