posted on Jan, 12 2012 @ 05:55 PM
reply to post by tino96
Google is your friend. ;-) However I will cut you a break here. Creech AFB is the former Indian Springs Auxiliary AFB. Indian Springs was historically
where the USAF Thunderbirds trained. They have a small "warning" area (a step less than restricted airspace) where they train. In reality, the
Thunderbirds venture well out of this Warning area, going as far west as Death Valley.
When the Predator came on line, they used Indian Springs for training. Things can go wrong with drones. Very wrong, as in smash into the ground or the
side of a mountain. Thus Indian Springs became the Predator playpen. Not only can they learn to fly there, but they can arm the planes and drop bombs
on the range. Not every training facility has a live bombing range nearby.
Over the years, the drone mission expanded. Thus they expanded the base. It is right by route 95, so the construction was easy to observe. But a
satellite image gives a better view of the floor plan.
Indian Springs was renamed to Creech AFB. (Google will have history on Creech the man.) Not only do they train drone pilots at Creech, but they also
operate drones "in theater" (AKA on the foreign battlefield), which makes the facility a target for war protesters, drone protesters, and
terrorists. While I have had run-ins with security at military bases while photographing aircraft, only at Creech did the roll at me code-3. And all I
was doing is shooting video of the Thunderbirds. Thus far, if you stay on the other side of the highway, they don't bother photographers.
Creech is a bit too visible for doing anything too secret. Not only is it by the highway, but there is a heavily used commercial air traffic route
nearby. What won't be seen from the ground will be seen from the air. I'm sure classified work goes on at Creech, but nothing as secret as at Groom
If you had to rank base "privacy", Groom Lake is #1. A close second would be the AOF at N2S2. Next up would be the the TTR.