posted on Nov, 3 2010 @ 10:33 PM
The facility is located at
N36 55 37.44 W116 0 24.80
on Google Earth. This airport showed up on Google Earth without any documents regarding it's construction showing up on the internet as far as I
know. I spent some time with the DOE public information office when the runway showed up on Google Earth and got nowhere. I also got nowhere dealing
with the environmental office of Nevada (exact name escapes me).
Doing a search on Desert Rock, I came across some documents regarding the construction of this airport and even it's official name.
Final Environmental Assessment for Aerial Operations Facility Modifications Nevada Test Site
As it was suspected, the facility is for UAV testing. "Pole Cat" was believed to have been tested there.
This documents indicates the environmental work began in December of 2000.
Aerial Operations Facility Impact
This document indicates as of 2009 the environmental report existed but was not available for electronic download.
Not Electronically Available 2009
If it doesn't exist electronically, there is no way for google to find it. Searching on the official name did not find any federal registry
Note the current Google Earth imagery has a Beachcraft BE190 and a Pilatus PC-12. Presumably these are the Groom Lake and Lockheed Martin shuttles,
though you really can't be sure.
Using the Google Earth History tool, the new runway shows up on Dec 13, 2002. It looks like a dirt runway. It doesn't appear to be paved until Oct 1,
2005. At this point it is also marked. On December 2nd, 2006, a new hangar shows up. Note that Google Earth imagery dates are not reliable.
This area is difficult at best to see from public land. You can see it from Bonanza Peak. Actually near the summit though the peak should be better.
You can see the runway in this photo: