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Originally posted by BASSPLYR
Could it be a giant maintainance bay? For lots of assorted things. THey could require that the equipment be out of the sun, heat or dirt and dust. might not be for secret aircraft.
Originally posted by intelgurl
Having done work at Tonopah, I know how compartmentalized some projects can be and how the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing (metaphorically speaking).
Considering that projects at Groom Lake are spooky black, and even more compartmentalized, I would venture a guess and say that whatever is housed in that large hangar is one project, not a potpourri of projects.
Originally posted by Canada_EH
The above quote from your post goes in the face of a possible F-19 myth that Mr John Lear has been touting as a answer to the designation. Personally I think the F-19/F-20 Tigershark explination is good enough but hey who knows 100% for sure anymore. The point is that Lear claims that the F-117 and the F-19 where built in the same building. He also claims the 2 planes had major difference. For me this is harder to believe espesially when as you said these projects even though compartmentalized are still seperated to not allow problems that Mr Lear claimed happen.
Originally posted by thebozeian
Hmm Global Strike (or interim bomber?) that is a reasonably logical suggestion. I do wonder however why a white world project would be out at Groom Lake? Not saying it isn't feasible, just that they normally wouldn't be to keen to raise a high profile on a project out there and all the possible scrutiny from nosey congressmen and press that it brings. Then again it is a nice quiet place to work on a strategically important project. Maybe the government is getting concerned about spying activity on such development work by the Chinese and others?
Originally posted by thebozeian
when I say it wont be a black project I mean it wont be in the same class as say the F-117 development, which as you know was totally denied by the government untill it was declassified and brought out into the light. There is nothing too black about the interim bomber, given that we know about it, the project is discussed freely in the press and it is an officially announced DoD project. It may not be a full white world program but then it isnt really overly black either, more a shade of grey, much like the F-22 and to a degree the F-35 are.
Having said that I believe that we agree that it is logical to run such a strategically important project out of somewhere like Groom Lake. In the end our only difference of opinion it seems is where black, white and grey lie.
Originally posted by intelgurlWhen I refer to "black" I am generally referring to a Special Access Program. Some such programs can be acknowledged but any and all details cannot be transferred to the public sector.
While you have really good points, most of which I agree with, I think what we tend to disagree on is the terminology.
Originally posted by intelgurlThere is yet another possibiity of what the new hangar at Groom is for, and that is a Northrop Grumman - Scaled Composites spaceplane. I'll guarantee you one is in the works.