posted on Oct, 26 2006 @ 09:06 AM
Originally posted by gfad
How much time did you spend out there on the lake bed John?
We were there about 30 minutes before someone discovered us. The only reason we were discovered is that there was a chain between 2 posts blocking the
road. A security truck had followed a pickup out to unlock the lock on the chain. After he let the guy and and hooked up the chain he turned to get
back in his truck and saw us not 10 feet away from him. He jumped up about 5 feet and said, "What the heck are you guys doing here." I said,
"We're not supposed to be here? I didn't see any signs." "Heck no, you're not supposed to be here. Don't move." So he calls on his radio and
another truck comes out. Takes about 10 minutes to come from the hangars to the other side of the Lake Bed.
Meanwhile we start telling the first guy about the history of Groom Lake and how my friends Tony LeVier and Fish Salmon found it and were the first
guys out there picking up rocks so the planes could land in 1955. We told him about Tony's first flight (accidental first flight) in the U-2. We told
him the history of the "Article" and Lou Schalk's first flight. We told him about the beef between the CIA and Air Force about who was going to fly
the blackbird and the evolution of the Article into the YF-12A into the SR-71. We told him about the "Big Tail". We told him about "Project Red
Light". About that time a black security guy shows up and skids to a halt. He jumps out and starts yelling at us. The first guy we had been talking
to goes up to the black guy and says, "Stop. They know everything." The black guy takes our DL# and SS# and we are told to wait. Then the T-Bone
flys over. Then about an hour later another guy comes out and says, "We want you to drive back into town. Next week you are going to get a call to go
over to an office builiding. When you get to that office you will get a briefing then a debriefing. Now get out of here and don't come back." (Since
that time I have been back 5 times. Twice to the new gate and 3 times to White Sides.))
We drove back to Vegas and never heard another word. No debriefing no debriefing. When I got my Q clearance several years later there were a few
questions about the incident from my briefing officer.
I guess not too long if you were being questioned by security and buzzed by EG&G, but did you ever see any other aircraft on the ground or
even being tested?
We saw only the MiG 21, the DC-6 (used before the 737's) and the T-Bone.