posted on Jan, 13 2012 @ 07:03 PM
It wouldn't have been Tonopah Test Range.The airbase had not yet been constructed.
During the 1960s, a crude 5,000-foot airstrip was built at TTR, mainly for delivery of supplies. Sandia Strip, as it was known, was equipped with
runway lights in 1969. Sandia employees began commuting daily to the range in Fokker F-27 aircraft. In 1970, the airstrip was extended to 6,600 feet,
with a 1,500-foot overrun. In 1971, a visual omnirange localizer and nondirectional radio beacon were installed for instrument approach requirements.
The runway was completely repaved in 1976 with a strengthened all-weather surface.
In May 1978, the Deputy Secretary of Defense approved $7 million to fund Phase I construction of a new airfield in support of the 4477th Test and
Evaluation Flight Red Eagles. Initial construction included a maintenance hangar, a concrete apron, access taxiway, propane tank, a few permanent
outbuildings, and 16 mobile homes. The original 6,600-foot runway was extended to 10,000 feet with a 1,000-foot overrun on each end. Designated as
Runway 14-32, it is 150 feet wide and is equipped with two BAK-12 arresting barriers and TACAN/ILS systems for navigation and instrument landings
Phase II construction began in September 1980. At a cost of $18 million, it included expansion of the parking apron, construction of a taxiway, fuel
tanks, dining hall, water storage tank, warehouse, support utilities, and a 42,000-square-foot hangar (Bldg. 188). Phase II, completed in January
1982, began the transition of TTR (designated in some DOE documents as Area 52) from a bare base to a standard Air Force base.
I still think that Desert Rock sounds more likely, especially since the name is so similar to "Little Rock."