I agree with Shadowhawk, you're making something out of nothing here. I was in, around, and all over Nellis for 6 years as a cop. There is
absolutely no secret runway, what you could be seeing is the old runway that used to be part of an old airfield. I've never been out there, since
it's outside the base perimeter, but I can guarantee that nothing uses it anymore.
As for a secret, underground base for helicopters, that's ridiculous. I used to go shooting just northwest of Apex (it's not a range, so don't
tell anyone) and I can assure you there is nothing there. All the helos are on the North end of main base, on the 66 RQS ramp. Every now and then,
they'll also park helos (from TDY units such as the USMC) on the small parking areas over by the revetments.
That metal structure with antennas coming out of it... Us cops have a very technical term for that. We call it a "Radio Repeater". The handheld
radios used by Security Forces, Fire, and about 100 other units on base, only have a range of about 1 mile. Therefore, in order to reach the SF Desk,
Command Post, Base Ops, etc., you have to have repeaters.
You can blame 9/11 for all the new fences. Every now and then, we used to have drunks run the gate and go tearing around the base. Some even made it
onto the flight line if the Desk Sergeant didn't get the barriers up fast enough (nevermind that only the main entries had barriers, while numerous
smaller entrances had nothing). After 9/11, the thought of someone running the gate and getting onto the flightline is just not acceptable.
As for the "light from the South with no sound", I never once saw anything remotely like that. As a matter of fact, if that did exist the way you
say it does, it's also breaking the flight pattern. The area South of the base, all the way up to the base of Frenchman Peak, is highly populated
and all aircraft are routed away from there to minimize risk of damage in case of a crash and noise reduction. Watch the pattern, they'll come in
from the West, then make a quick turn over the Golf Course to land. Same when taking off, they immediately turn West after takeoff. Anyway, take a
look at Google Earth and see how populated the area South of the base is... Wouldn't someone see this mystery light as it flew directly over their
Guys, there's some crazy stuff going on out there. I don't pretend to know much, but Nellis is something I know intimately. John, I'm sorry, but
your statements are not accurate. These kinds of statements remind me of the people who would call us at the SF Desk and swear that the Thunderbirds
were taking reconnaissance photos of their houses.
As for a picture inside Nellis, this is me guarding one of those super-secret planes they have (occaisionally) out there at Nellis...
[edit on 21-11-2006 by StevexO]