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Top-Secret Research Facilities in Southern California

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posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 04:04 PM
TOP-SECRET RESEARCH FACILITIES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UFO activity in the Antelope Valley of southern California, near the vicinity of Lancaster, Palmdale and Rosamond is rising. Here, there are three known mysterious research facilities operated by Northrop, Lockheed and McDonnell Douglas, speculated to be testing anti-gravity propulsion systems and other exotic engine designs for new aircraft. A wide variety of unusual aircraft have been seen flying over and around the area, including glowing discs, triangular shapes, large boomerang shapes, elongated shapes with lighted windows, and small glowing spheres. These range in size up to hundreds of feet in diameter. Reports from former employees of the above mentioned companies have said that the test facilities are located mainly underground in large, elaborately designed complexes connected by tunnel systems. These strange facilities in southern California have quite a mysterious (and by some sadistic) reputation. Covert military activity, alien activity, abductions, lost time episodes, and numerous sightings of extremely uncoventional aircraft and flying objects are associated with the installations. The Tejon Ranch The Northrop facility is known as "The Tejon Ranch" and is sometimes referred to as "The Tehachapi Ranch" by UFO researchers. It is located in the foothills of the Tehachapi mountains, at the mouth of Little Oak Canyon about 25 miles northwest of Lancaster, California. It is not under restricted airspace. Although the public is told that this is a cattle ranch, no livestock are visible anywhere on the property. UFO researcher Bill Hamilton says that if asked, Northrop Corporation will say that this is an "electromagnetic research facility." There are large radar or microwave dishes and strange looking pylons to which objects can be fixed, for the purpose of beaming electromagnetic radiation at them. These pylons rise up from underground out of diamond-shaped openings in the middle of long, paved surfaces that resemble aircraft runways, but which are not used by any type of aircraft for landing or take-off. It is thought that this facility goes down as many as 42 levels, and that tunnels link it to other nearby underground installations in the area. Hellendale RCS Test Range The Lockheed facility is adjacent to what used to be the Hellendale auxiliary airport, six miles to the north of Hellendale, California. This installation also has the "runway" features of Tejon Ranch but also has a visible underground entrance. The Lockheed facility is known as the RCS (Radar Cross-Section) Test Range but is more widely identified as the "Hellendale facility". Signs at the perimeter fence of this installation read: TRESPASSING-LOITERING FORBIDDEN BY LAW. TRESPASSERS ARE SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION. PRIVATE PROPERTY-NO TRESPASS. LOCKHEED CORP. Llano Facility The McDonnell Douglas facility is located at the now closed Gray Butte airport, northeast of Llano, California. It too has "runways" with diamond-shaped openings through which huge pylons with strange-shaped objects can be mounted and raised to the surface. These objects sometimes resemble elongated discs or "flying saucers" and have been seen to glow and change colors. Glowing spheres have also been seen by people in the area at night, but the purpose of these is unknown.

posted on May, 10 2005 @ 12:44 PM
Hi, I'm new here.

This topic interests me so much! I've had interest in 'Tejon Ranch' since I heard a 'story' about a few hunters at Tejon Ranch. They were stopped by two black Surburbans. The ocupants of the vehicles came out heavily armed.

This really has my attention. Is there anyways to see satellite images of the 'run ways'?

posted on Mar, 24 2006 @ 08:33 AM
I live in Tehachapi right outside of Tejon ranch..and have been on alot of there property...both with and without permission.There has been talk of secret bases here for as long as i have lived here.And most locals have come to the conclusion that if there is a secret it is not in Tejon..It is on the other side of Tehachapi in the Sand Canyon area.Many many more "empty" roads and much easier to be seen if "snooping" around...

the only interesting "proof" i have found on this subject

posted on Mar, 24 2006 @ 09:47 AM
The only "secret" base at Tejon Ranch is the Northrop Grumman RCS range, accessible by Broken Arrrow Road from 170th Street West. It consists of a hanful of buildings (visible from nearly anywhere in the Antelope Valley) and two paved strips with positions for thee pylons to hold test articles. I have flown over the site at low altitude a few times, but never when any tets were underway.

There are good pictures of the site on Terraserver and probably Google Earth as well.

posted on Mar, 25 2006 @ 06:32 PM
Palmdale is the home of Skunkworks and few mile away Boeing's Phantomworks resides.
Both were contenders in the JSF race that ultimately Lockheed Martin won.

They are located near Andrews Air Force Base (3 miles more or less if I remember correctly.)

And about the UFO, actually I will bet that they were not UFO's but some kind of black aircraft test.

posted on Apr, 10 2007 @ 06:40 PM
It's actually Edwards AFB, not Andrews (that's on the other coast). And EAFB is about twenty or so miles northeast of Lancaster, while LockheedMartin Skunkworks sits right in the middle of Palmdale.

I've lived in the AV for nearly 30 years and seen many an aircraft before they "existed". My immediate family members have worked on both the X planes and the B-2 as engineers. That's just life as it is out here.

My uncle is with the Sheriff's Dept. and was called out to the Llano facility to apprehend a trespasser. While he was there, he was asked to sign some non-disclosure agreements about what he saw while he was out there. He refused to sign, but apparently didn't see much, anyway.

From what I've heard, the facility specializes in testing radar equipment.

[edit on 10-4-2007 by KirstenBaum]

posted on Apr, 10 2007 @ 11:39 PM
The McDonnell Douglas RCS facility at Grey Butte, near Llano, closed down several years ago. The property was purchased by General Atomics for expansion of their UAV programs. They also have a facility at El Mirage.

In 1994, I saw an unusual wedge-shaped object undergoing RCS testing at Grey Butte. I'm still not sure exactly what it was.

posted on Apr, 12 2007 @ 12:45 AM
Thanks for the info. Nice to learn new things about the area in which i live
. I"ve naturally assumed all kinds of secret things would be going on in the area given Edwards is in the area,and the f-117 crash near here. I remember being outside in the evening and seeing the trails left behind after Vandenburg Tested another missile.

posted on Apr, 12 2007 @ 10:37 AM
The Antelope Valley is a great place for anyone interested in aerospace because there is a vast amount of overt and covert flight-test activity, ground testing, research and manufacturing. On any given day, you might expect to see the B-2, F-117A, F-22A, B-1B, B-52H, CV-22, F-16, F-18, U-2S, Global Hawk, etc., in the skies above Edwards AFB and Plant 42. China Lake is nearby, as well. If you're lucky, you might glimpse the latest Skunk Works project.

The Tejon Ranch (Northrop Grumman) and Helendale (Lockheed Martin) RCS ranges are still active. General Atomics UAV activities are taking place at El Mirage and Grey Butte.

There are hundreds of crash sites in the area, dating from the 1930s to the present, where you can literally touch a piece of history. How many people have held a piece of a spaceship (North Ameriucan X-15) in their hands or touched the first airplane to fly faster than Mach 3 (Bell X-2)? Anyone remember the scene in "The Right Stuff" where Chuck Yeager ejects from the NF-104A? You can find pieces of the real thing. Did you know that Edwards AFB is named for Capt. Glenn Edwards who died in the crash of a YB-49 flying wing bomber prototype? The impact crater is within sight of the base that bears his name.

Local museums display cutting edge historic aircraft. The Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale is the only place to see the U-2, A-12, SR-71 and D-21B all in one place. A tour of Edwards AFB includes visits to the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, as well as the main flightline. See the HL-10 lifting body, Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, X-29A forward-swept wing technology demonstrator and, soon, the NB-52B historic mothership (launch platform for numerous experimental vehicles).

Lancaster/Palmdale is still a town where you might expect to run into your aerospace heroes (test pilots and astronauts) at the mall or local bookstore.

Look to the west and you might see a Minuteman or Peacekeeper missile launching from Vandenberg AFB, or possibly an Atlas lofting the latest NRO reconnaissance satellite. Occasionally, a double sonic boom heralds a Space Shuttle landing.

Keep watching the skies (and the ground!). You never know what you might see.

[edit on 13-4-2007 by Shadowhawk]

posted on Apr, 12 2007 @ 12:08 PM

Originally posted by Shadowhawk
Keep watching the skies (and the ground!). You never know what you might see.

I'm leaving tomorrow for Southern Cal, well, the Anaheim area... are there interesting things there to look for? I'll be there for a week and will have camera in hand.

posted on Apr, 12 2007 @ 12:54 PM
Take a side trip to the Antelope Valley. It's about a 2-hour drive from Anaheim. The Blackbird Airpark and Plant 42 Heritage Airpark, both located at 25th St. East and Rancho Vista Bl. (Avenue P) are open on the weekend.

Most military aircraft only fly on weekdays. Sierra Highway at Avenue N is a popular "birdwatching" spot just off the end of the Plant 42 runway.

The Edwards/NASA tours are twice a month by appointment. It should be on the Edwards web site.

El Mirage, Grey Butte and Helendale are accessible by decent roads. Tejon Ranch is on considerably less decent roads, but is visible from Rosamond Blvd.

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