Lots of good questions here. First of all, let me state I'm going to use the term Nevada Test Site (NTS), even though the facility has been renamed a
few times. I think it is currently called NNSS or N2S2. This crap pisses me off, but I don't get a vote in this renaming nonsense. Rest assured every
renaming costs at least six figures due to scrapping letterhead, etc.
The NTS asked to be made "private" a few years ago, so you can't search for flights to the NTS. The KDRA (Desert Rock Airstrip) weather can still
be reached online since I assume pilots need the information, plus the radiosondes are launched from KDRA, so I guess they have to tag the weather
information to somebody.
I have the old FLIP data (aviation information used by the DoD) for the NTS archived here:
The claim is this data was removed from public access due to copyright issues. I believe that claim as much as I believe email offers from Nigeria (no
offense intended for Nigerians reading this post).
Even when the NTS airstrips were not removed from the internet, you would only see flights to the airstrip if they file Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).
Note that you can file IFR to Beatty, then change to Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and complete the trip to the NTS airstrips. To the best of my
knowledge, the only flights that were logged via the internet to the NTS went to KDRA.
The old Yucca airstrip was used during bomb tests.The logistics regarding setting off a nuke are not trivial, so they need air access. Base Camp was
originally built for Project Faultless staging. Presently the dry lake bed is used for "Spill Test Facility." I don't know if these tests require
flights or not.
This is a good thread to review the Flight Global "discovery." I was tempted to dis' them for not crediting internet forums such as ATS that did
all their research when I added their blog to one of my thread. Anyway, this new airstrip has been known since 2007, four years prior to Flight
Global's "discovery.". It just showed up on google earth one day. I spent some time searching the internet for contracts regarding it's
construction, and environmental reports. Nothing showed up. I phoned the public information office for the NTS. It was an entertaining exchange
because they claim that they can't see Google Earth from their network due to a firewall, so that gave them plausible deniability. I saved the google
earth image, uploaded it, called back and declared I had a link. Ah, that link was blocked too. Basically they were informed to say nothing and give
anyone that investigates the runaround. I called the Nevada environmental clearing house. Nothing either.
Now eventually a document showed up on the internet about the facility. It is in this thread.
I will have to find my archived document since it seems to have been removed from the link in the post. My recollection was the Desert Research
Institute was the contact for environmental concerns, and they rubber stamped the project. There was no public input requested .This is identical to
how the damn Tikaboo spy camera got approved. Yes, I smell a conspiracy.
Regarding Flight Global's discovery of the Beech and PC-12 at the facility, you can read about it first right here:
I photographed a corner of the facility and posted it here:
Also of interest would be this thread:
The navigation database used in flight computers calls this new runway Wichman with designation NVH1. This is not known for certain, but you can see
it does have the 1 and 19 runway designations.