I decided to do a quick search of the USAF biography web site for people who were listed as working at "Detachment 3 of the Air Force Flight Test
Centre". All of the people listed below worked at Area 51, and thats official! The points in italics
are my own thoughts on the research.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL (DR.) GEORGE PEACH TAYLOR JR
April 1981 - August 1983
General Taylor’s second placement within the air force was apparently as Chief of Aerospace Medicine at Groom Lake, after serving as Squadron Flight
Surgeon, 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan.
General Taylor went on to have a decorated career and is currently the Surgeon General of the Air Force at the USAF Headquarters in Washington.
I think its safe to assume that although George Taylor can fly he wasnt involved in any classified flights
MAJOR GENERAL TED F. BOWLDS
January 1981 - December 1984
After General Bowld graduated from a Flight Test Engineers Course at Edwards AFB he was posted at Groom Lake as F-117 Test Program Manager. This
matches Pete Merlin’s history of Area 51 which states that the first SENIOR TREND prototype was shipped to the base in January 1981.
General Bowlds went on to become the chief of the B-2 Avionics Branch at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio in July 1985 and is currently the commander of
the Air Force Research Laboratory also at Wright-Patterson AFB.
I'd make an educated guess that Bowlds is either an expert on classified projects, aerodynamics (since the F-117 and B-2 are both complex cases)
or stealth technology. He has probably been head of more still classified projects
BRIGADIER GENERAL CHARLES P. "PETE" WINTERS
July 1979 – July 1983
General Winters became the vice-commander of Area 51 in July 1979 and became the overall commander of the base in May 1981.
Pete Winters had previously worked on the F-111, F-15 and interestingly unmanned vehicles while he was at Edwards AFB between July 1970 and August
1975. He retired in July 1988.
Its quite possible that General Winters worked on early classified UAVs
MR. PHILIP L. SOUCY
Mr. Soucy acted as the Joint Test Force Director at Groom Lake. Mr. Soucy became the Chief Flight Test Engineer of the SR-71 program in 1986 and in
1988 he became the division chief of the “Red Team” of the Directorate of Electronic and Special Programs, Air Force Acquisitions. In 1993 Mr.
Soucy took the job of Co-President of the weapons technology company, Modern Technology Solutions, Inc.
Mr. Soucy specializes in Low observable technology, electronic countermeasures, unmanned aerial vehicles, counter-stealth, air defense threat systems,
air vehicle survivability, aircraft/UAV flight test, modeling and simulation and concept of operations development.
Philip Soucy most probably worked on the stealth characteristics of F-117 and Tacit Blue, although he could also have worked on a classified UAV in
conjunction with Pete Winters. I also think the "Red Team" of the AF aquisitions office sounds interesing; a possible link with the Red Hat russian
While all the 4 above were stationed at Groom Lake SENIOR TREND, TACIT BLUE, the F-117a and HALSOL all made their first flights and Project HAVE GLASS
MAJOR GENERAL ROY D. BRIDGES JR
November 1979 - July 1980
General Bridges became the Director of Plans at Groom Lake in late 1979. Before working at Area 51 General Bridges worked as a test pilot at Edwards
AFB, F-15 and A-10 program element monitor in Washington, Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff at the AF Research, Development and
Acquisition department at the Pentagon.
General Bridges left Area 51 for space! In July 1980 he transferred to the Johnson Space Centre and flew into space on the shuttle on the 29th of that
month. Among other posts he was the commander of the AFFTC between August 1991 and June 1993 and is currently the director of requirements at
Roy Bridges probably worked on some very classified craft judging on how fast he was promoted to astronaut. Could there be a possible link with
space technology being tested at Groom?