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Originally posted by Sky watcher
He may have got into trouble and had to land at Groom lake for a emergency landing. He may have saw something and they are now debriefing him to make sure he does not talk or he is now playing with their cool toys. I'm sure they would have let him land if there was not another option. I hope he is OK, He did the Ironman so if he gets enough water he can walk out.
Word is he went down in or Near 51. Funny that. I wonder if a low flying small aircraft (he was searching for possible salt flat sites for a rocket car record attempt) might have been construed as a security thread by trigger happy Sec forces and dealt with accordingly?
Ok, this is the bit I don't get. We've had a recent thread marvelling at the dawn of the 13 gigapixel camera, we have GPS, drones.. all these technologies that are supposedly at the disposal of the authorities. We are supposed to be spied on via satellite to the point where every inch of the earth can be viewed at relatively close range. We live in the age of Google Earth. So how come we see none of this tech deployed, for the sake of saving a life?
Do the powers that be actually have access to this kind of tech after all?
Or is it all part of our paranoia?
Dose any one know what the procedure would be if an aircraft was in danger and had to make an emergency landing while in the vicinity of Groom Lake. Would they be permitted to land at Groom Lake?
Mr Lear do you have any details on this or know of someone who may have been in this situation before?
Wouldnt Groom Lake have advanced radar which could locate his last know position?
According to CNN News, the search for Fossett began about six hours later (from time of take-off). He was flying in a single-engine, Citabria Super Decathlon — a plane capable of aerobatics — with tail number N240R