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posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 03:00 AM
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I have had a number of remarkable circumstances in my life. I consider myself fortunate to be an aging citizen of the US, who has seen a few notable things.

I was a witness to the Kecksburg "Bolide", when working at a gas station as a kid outside of Cleveland , Ohio. in December of of 1965

I saw the Peekskill fireball, as it passed overhead while in New York , working as a computer consultant in October of 1992

I have brought these incidents up on ATS in past threads, but have never talked about this one...

In 1976, I was a part of another , probably less important event, but none the less it makes a great story. And I did not know It was that important, until years later......

Its October of 1976.

I am in the US Navy, and stationed as Willow Grove Naval Air Station, PA.
I was an AW1, SS1 postion on a Lockheed P3B Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft. We were
on our way on a cross-country flight to Moffet Field, CA. for a training exercise.

Our first stop was NAS New Orleans, a reserve base, where we picked up some frozen
shrimp and tucked them away in coolers. After a quick fuel stop, we continued on to
Moffet, which would be the next stop.

As soon as we entered Nevada, the #4 engine (a turbo-prop) started to go haywire, it
started making a vibrating noise, spun down and the pilot got it re-started, and
then it caught on fire. Bright flames out of the exhaust and then flames from the
cowling area in the front part of the engine nacelle. The pilot directed the fire
extinguishing plumbing to that engine, all of them, but it just got worse. He
feathered the prop, but the engine remained burning, which seemed a possible fuel
leak. He shut off all the fuel to that engine but it just remained on fire. We were
in trouble.

These engines use synthetic oil, which is non-flammable. We had an out
of control fire, possibly caused by a fuel breach, and could do nothing about it. An
engine in an uncontrolled fire, on a wing filled with 1000lbs of fuel is a bomb in
about 5 minutes. The pilot started a fuel transfer to the other tanks, but then had
to jetisson fuel out of the plane. What a fireball that turned out to be, but not as
dangerous as the engine itself on fire.

The pilot radioed an emergency to the controller in charge, which turned out to be
in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas controller did not think the plane could make it that
far (nor did our pilot) so they pulled the air emergency, all areas alert, which brought up an air force
controller who directed the plane to a place in the desert where there was no
navigation on the maps. He took control and vectored the plane in to a place
between mountains. We were desperate. Upon touch down, there were vehicles spraying
foam on the runway as we hit the runway way above normal speed.

Fortunately, the pilot locked up the landing gear and we skidded off the runway to a stop. The
emergency vehicles quickly had the engine fire out and they sent a bus out to pick
us all up.

When getting on the bus, there where armed marines on board, and they told us that
we were in a place called "Little Rock", and they were going to take us to an air
force barracks on the base and put us up. We were told that we were not allowed to
leave that area until our plane was repaired, and to just make the best of it until
we would be escorted back to the airfield. We were really all tired, and just did
what they said.

The baracks were nothing like I had ever seen. It was plush, with
individual rooms for everyone, a recreation area and private bar, which we got very
familiar with.

That night, a few air force enlisted came by and talked to us. They
told us that this base was a strategic outpost and we could not go anywhere unless
they came with us. A few of us needed some supplies, so they took us in a jeep and
we went to a small commissary. They would not let us pay for anything, just gave us
what we wanted.

Upon talking with some of the enlisted air force guys, they said the place was at
least 50 miles from the nearest town, and they had to have musicians and girls
bused in there, as they were not allowed to leave by car, which he said none of
them had anyway. The only way they could leave that base was by aircraft. He said
the civilians that worked there came in on a daily basis from Las Vegas.

We had dinner in a fantastic dining facility and then drinks all night at the bar.
It was unbelievable actually, but we soon found out we could not call anyone and the
'military' would take care of notifying all of our people back home that everything
was alright, and we would be on our way out of there as soon as our aircraft was
repaired.

Now, the P3B had serious problems, not only was the engine toasted, but we had done
damage to the landing gear and tires when the pilots locked her up, as well as other
ancillary problems.

We got a great night's sleep, and in the morning were rousted out for a great
breakfast, and told the aircraft was again repaired and air-worthy. The plane
captain could not believe it, since this was the fastest turn around he had ever
seen. Normally, the plane captain would be part of the repair crew, but they would
never let him near the bird all night, and he had to stay with the rest of us.

A lockheed P3B was an aging species, and parts would have taken days to get there
normally. We were amazed.

They bussed us out to the the tarmac , and now that it was daylight, we could see
all of these hangars in rows. Each had a marine in front of the door with rifle in
hand. This was definitively not your normal air force base.

They took us to the plane, all gassed up and ready to go. We took off and made it to
Moffet before nightfall and our shrimp were still cold!

As it turns out, we were at Area 51, but in 1976, it was not called that then, as
the first person had told us, they called it "Little Rock"., but we were not in
Arkansas... I had met up with our navigator years later, and we went through the
ground plot of the flight. What a revelation, and What a story , eh?

I thought some of you might enjoy this, and welcome to comments of experiences like this, where you just did not know how much value an event had, until years later.

Thanks!



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posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 03:06 AM
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What a cool story!

Thanks for sharing.

beez



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 03:16 AM
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Seems like you have had quite a life my friend,

That's such an interesting story,

The more comfortable amenities, available to you and your comrades, and the marines guarding the hangers,

Could have all been signs of the secret SR-71 missions, being operated from that base.

I can't imagine a line of hangers, with marines guarding UFO's, I would imagine they are better hidden.

The google earth clips of area 51, are very interesting




posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 03:18 AM
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Cool story bro!

Those hangars... any idea how big they where? Where they stand-alone or drilled into the mountain?

Maybe that was those ufo-hangars i heard about alot from other ppl that where there...

How many where they? about 11 ?



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 03:19 AM
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Enjoyed the good read. Thank you.



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 03:23 AM
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That was a great read, thank you for sharing that!

I've watched a lot of shows and read a lot about Area 51. And it really does seem we'll never know everything that goes on.

There has been testimony that the Scientists and engineers that work there are under such strict security and surveillance that they don't even know what 90% of the base looks like or Hides. They fly in, go to their work stations and work on their projects, when another teams project must take a test flight, the entire base goes on lock down, all windows Closed and blinded. Other teams are not even allowed to know what others are working on there.

You watch all these shows about them stalking known Area 51 employees when they honestly don't have many answers for you, LOL.



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 03:36 AM
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Originally posted by Soapusmaximus
Seems like you have had quite a life my friend,

That's such an interesting story,

The more comfortable amenities, available to you and your comrades, and the marines guarding the hangers,

Could have all been signs of the secret SR-71 missions, being operated from that base.

I can't imagine a line of hangers, with marines guarding UFO's, I would imagine they are better hidden.

The google earth clips of area 51, are very interesting



I have a minor gripe with that video, "UFO #1" Isnt even at area 51, its at Yucca Airstrip, and hes showing you a 4 year old photo, the most recent photo shows that its a UAV hangar being built..



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 03:45 AM
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Thanks for that fascinating story. With a little elaboration (e.g. the dancing girls, musicians, and oh...the dancing girls) you probably could sell it to a magazine or blog somewhere. You're definitely a good story teller.

Peace.



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 03:49 AM
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Thanks,
The hangars were all the same, in a line, I think at least 8, very large, windows way at the top, near the roof line. angled roofs with huge doors and they were shut. That corregated, gray steel look on the outside, as I remember.
There were certainly more hangars in the area, but we were taken in the periphery, not close to any of them.



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 03:53 AM
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This was a wonderful true story! This is why i love ATS when threads like this come along its a true gem i wish i could see all the things you have seen in my lifetime ..Thank you so much for posting this S&F :up

Peace,sugarcookie1:



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 04:16 AM
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Wow, thanks a lot for this cool story, I really enjoyed reading it!!!



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 04:49 AM
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I have little to add but my thanks for sharing this story, just out of curiosity, had they replaced the engine or just replaced components? how badly damaged was it? (in your opinion)

it seems plausible that they would have parts for a T56 Allison (it being common to the P3 and C130) but to get the work done overnight certainly shows a keen desire to get you out of there as quickly as possible, was there ever any conclusion as to the cause of the fire?
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posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 10:20 AM
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What a great story!


Many thanks.

Subscribed, i'll probably read it again in a few months.


s&f



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 10:36 AM
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The base was still known as Area 51 in 1976. That name didn't get phased out until a few years later.

There is a row of hangars at the Southend complex. Hangars 9 through 16 were originally built for Project Oxcart, and each could comfortably house an A-12. They were empty in 1976, but were later used for projects Have Blue and Senior Trend (the F-117A). The largest hangars at that time were on the North Ramp (hangars 4 though 7). In 1976, they were filled with Soviet fighters (MiG-17, MiG-21, etc.).

There is another airfield south of Area 51 near Mercury. It is called Desert Rock Airstrip.



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 10:45 AM
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Great story!

Thanks



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 10:52 AM
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i know someone that worked there for a short time on a quality assurance test program for a early stealth aircraft.

one of the most interesting things he told me was that when the soviet satellites came over head during the day everyone and everything had to be pulled out of sight..

with the exception of the captured migs.. they were pulled out and lined up sometimes when the sats flew over

ha ha.. america ftw



cool post op!

star!!
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posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 10:57 AM
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What a really interesting (scary) experience to have had, Groom Lake ("Little Rock") or not!
Thanks for sharing that - in the short time that it took to read, I felt like I was right there with you.

Again, thanks for sharing such a cool story, albeit, as frightening as it may have been at the time; nonetheless, you've brought the entertainment - which was a very cool read.

Cheers!



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 11:35 AM
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They should make a movie out of your experience there. Of course with a much different outcome at the base.
Maybe alittle alien neededing help out of the base so he used some device to blow your engine up so he could hitch a ride on your repaired aircraft.

Anyways great story, they're probley still tracking you and saw your thread.
Expect a knock on the door in 3.....2......1...... hello mister black suit man.



posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 12:04 PM
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Originally posted by TreehouseIndustries
I have little to add but my thanks for sharing this story, just out of curiosity, had they replaced the engine or just replaced components? how badly damaged was it? (in your opinion)

it seems plausible that they would have parts for a T56 Allison (it being common to the P3 and C130) but to get the work done overnight certainly shows a keen desire to get you out of there as quickly as possible, was there ever any conclusion as to the cause of the fire?
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That is a good question. The turbine was fine, but the fire had burned electrical, pumps and hoses pretty bad. They also patched up some metal good enough so when the bird got back to base it would go into the hangar. The fire was caused by a faulty fuel valve. I do agree they wanted us out of there as soon as possible, however they made our stay quite comfortable.


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posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 12:09 PM
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Originally posted by Shadowhawk
The base was still known as Area 51 in 1976. That name didn't get phased out until a few years later.

There is a row of hangars at the Southend complex. Hangars 9 through 16 were originally built for Project Oxcart, and each could comfortably house an A-12. They were empty in 1976, but were later used for projects Have Blue and Senior Trend (the F-117A). The largest hangars at that time were on the North Ramp (hangars 4 though 7). In 1976, they were filled with Soviet fighters (MiG-17, MiG-21, etc.).

There is another airfield south of Area 51 near Mercury. It is called Desert Rock Airstrip.


Cool. That is information I would never know. I know all the hype about UFO's and such which may not be true. As someone else pointed out, it is possible that SR71's were there at the time, but I certainly did not see any of them.

A rather funny incident occurred when one of the marines asked us what kind of aircraft this was, since they do look a bit odd, with antennas all over it and a magnetic detector that stretches out the back end.. My buddy told him it was an Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft, to which the marine said, "Well, there are no submarines out here!. My buddy quickly replied, "Well, we are doing a good job then, aren't we?"
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