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As April 28th approached, RSS employees waited for the word; was this a joke? No one would allow one of the most secretive military installations in Nevada to host a second TTR Family Day! The only other TTR tour happened 10 years ago. But the buses arrived on time and employee families boarded, anticipating their arrival at the worksite.
As they drove, strange sights appeared. Large radar sites and a mile-long line of brown hangers were clearly visible from a distance. This was the home of the F-117A Stealth Fighter back in
the 80s when that program was classified. In those days, the project contributed significantly to the surrounding community - building a bank, Tonopah High School, a conference center, and several hotels & gas stations...but residents were never allowed to tour the highly classified facility.
The site still maintains operations functioning under a cloak of secrecy but guests got to see the Sandia Live Fire Range where USA Guards fired 50 cal. machine guns through concrete walls; industrial work areas where family members worked; and finally, the TTR ManCamp where dinner was served. While folks waited for dinner, emergency response vehicles were available for the kids to sound the sirens and shoot water at a target.