posted on Feb, 9 2009 @ 02:51 AM
reply to post by JustInCase101
Tonopah Test Range Odds and Ends
That is the hard target. They do drop tests at the TTR. Also check out
The TTR is considered to be jointly run by the DOE and the USAF, though it seems the USAF really run the place. DOE (Sandia) runs the gear for flight
monitoring. Al around the range are cinetheodolites to film aircraft or objects dropped from aircraft.
Further south, the USAF flies aircraft over foreign radar systems. In the day, the aircraft are always conventional. At night, who knows.
So there are two known functions of the TTR. The rest is subject to much speculation. Among the many stories regarding the TTR, one that seems to make
sense is that they test new engines and/or fuel mixtures there. Engine testing is generally done on some plane that can get off the ground with one
engine not functioning. [Remember, the engine is under test, so you can't rely on it.] N747GE is a civilian aircraft often seen doing such testing.
Nobody has photographed a plane flying at the TTR close enough to see a tweaked engine.
Next up, they could be testing experimental avionics at the TTR. Again, this is something that could be done with less security than Area 51. Often
avionics under development is put very conventional aircraft. N757A was recently spotted over the Nellis range, which might signal new avionics for