posted on Dec, 29 2010 @ 09:45 PM
Originally posted by TAGBOARD
I ran across this website about San Nicolas Island done by Naval Base Ventura County:
CNIC Naval Base Ventura County - San Nicolas Island
In the website, they state the following:
1) "SNI maintains a 10,000 foot concrete and asphalt runway that can accommodate an aircraft the size of a C-5."
2) Under the 'Newly Assigned' page, "No one is allowed outside of Nicktown for recreational purposes between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes
prior to sunrise the next morning." Why is that?
I spent eight years on San Nicolas Island full-time living there as a federal civilian DoD and retired in 2006. My time on the island goes back some
almost 30 years. I can talk about it in general terms but need to avoid specifics in some cases.
During most of my time there were about 20 or so of us "techies" civilian DoD's permanently assigned with the test range and a number of military and
contract civilians support personnel up to about 60 or so in number. Some of the roads were tricky and the terrain rough so the evening hour
restriction applied to most of those support people who were janitors, cooks, supply people, etc., who were not authorized in restricted areas and
were to stay in town in the evenings for safety reasons. My work station, a tracking site, was outside of town and frequently was there around the
clock or at odd hours for test operations. Not too mysterious.
Our runway was huge and was an alternate site for shuttle landing but was never needed for that. We also operated F-4 and F16 target aircraft by radio
control that were piloted over from the mainland then unmanned for operations around the sea test range then landed on SNI like on a carrier with with
arrestor cables. These operations could be dangerous so much of the island personnel were restricted to "Nicktown" during those ops.
A lot of what was mentioned earlier in the thread was done there as well as ops with some of the military's latest whizz-bang toys. For obvious
reasons I can't be too specific about those. I can answer some questions anyone might have and can be somewhat specific about many things. We did have
some operations go on a couple of times that even I wasn't supposed to see up close and personal when it was on the deck though I did my regular
instrumentations stuff with it while flying. I think I am allowed to mention I was primary tracker on the two successful Hyper-X ops when it was
reaching mach 7 and almost mach 10.
The OLF SNI patch I still have a couple goodies around like a wine glass and a shot glass with the patch that was a gift at Xmas for our crew. I never
gave it too much thought to more meaning, it just depicts the island and some of our instrumentation kind of caricaturized and not much detail.
edit on 29-12-2010 by Erongaricuaro because: (no reason given)