posted on Jan, 6 2012 @ 02:52 AM
reply to post by TAGBOARD
They can only be internet tracked on IFR and these contractors tend to play games when flying to Groom Lake. They file IFR to a nearby airport, then
switch to VFR to land at Groom. Perfectly legal in the US, though there are altitude rules to obey to do the switch. [The airport doesn't even have
to be all that nearby. Once N105TB, the Hanscom radar plane, flew to PMD IFR then went VFR to Vandenberg.]
I see N29NG did an IFR flight PMD to LAX and N27NG did PMD to MYF, both on 8/2/2011. Now N29NG and N27NG are used nearly every weekday from what I
can see based on transponder code logs. Thus both fly most of the time untracked.
Regarding the planes being near Groom Lake, N29NG was spotted in Vegas on 9/8/2009, 9/1/2009, and 8/31/2009. I can't go back any further. I have no
records of N27NG being to Vegas. [FYI, both planes have been to Burbank on occasion. N29NG has been to the San Francisco Bay Area a few times.] N29NG
does more of the non-routine flights than N27NG.
So N29NG is a possibility, but no smoking gun based on what tracking data I could find.
You may recall that the Beech Janet that crashed near the TTR was ferrying JT3 employees from Groom Lake at the time. So we know the Beech Janets are
not used exclusively by Groom "regulars". [There is no evidence either way regarding the 737 flights, but I would guess they are strictly for base
"regulars" and not contractors.]