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Originally posted by Shadowhawk
There are several documented stories of unauthorized civilian and military aircraft landing at Groom Lake.
28 July 1957 - Civilian pilot Edward K. Current Jr. got lost during a cross-country flight and landed on Watertown Airstrip at Groom Lake. Current, a Douglas Aircraft Company employee, was held overnight and questioned. He was released the next morning and sent on his way. The incident was reported to the Civil Aeronautics Administration and a statement was made to the news media.
8 October 1963 - An F-105, one of a flight of three, experienced an oil pressure malfunction over the Nellis Range during a training sortie. One F-105 returned to base while the flight leader (a British exchange pilot) led the stricken aircraft to the nearest airfield which happened to be Area 51 at Groom Lake. He advised the student pilot to land despite the lack of radio communications from the Area 51 control tower. Two F-101s intercepted the F-105s prior to landing and advised the flight leader to land as well. The base commander, Col. Robert Holbury, and security personnel escorted the F-105 crewmen to a interrogation sessions in separate rooms. They damaged F-105 was repaired and both aircraft departed to Nellis.
A civilian plane landed at Area 51 during the mid-1960s, according to one of the OXCART project pilots. It was refueled and sent on its way.
A similar incident reportedly occurred during the HAVE BLUE program in the late 1970s.
Originally posted by gariac
reply to post by charlyv
You can go down Joe Baughers website.
Also the Dutch numbers gurus:
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
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?edit on 13/1/2012 by TreehouseIndustries because: incompetence