posted on Jul, 24 2010 @ 12:50 PM
North Base is divided into several sections.
Northwest of the runway is an area that used to include a small rocket engine test site for the NASA jet Propulsion Laboratory and a large building
that housed the 18th Space Surveillance Squadron. The JPL site is inactive and the former 18 SPSS building is now headquarters for the 95th Security
South of the runway and west of the taxiway are fire station facilities and several historic hangars used for the first jet planes tested in the
1940s. These hangars, recently used as storage for the X-34 vehicles and AFFTC Museum artifacts are being used for Army UAV activities. I once went to
a change of command ceremony in one of these hangars that was attended by the commander of Detachment 3, AFFTC, the Operations Group commander from
DET 3, and the Special Projects Flight Test Squadron Commander.
The buildings east of the taxiway comprise the secure compound once used by the 6513th Test Squadron "Red Hats" and , later, 413th FLTS. It is now
Electronic Warfare Directorate - North Base (there is still a "Red Hats" organization in some form). I have been inside the compound once. Special
badges are required and every room has its own coded keypad for access. The Beechcraft commuter planes to Area 51 park on the taxiway adjacent to the
compound. The North Base runway is sometimes used for NASA research flights, particularly of small unmanned vehicles.