reply to post by weavty1
In any type of analysis, you always need baseline knowledge so that you can spot the odd events. You can listen to some Red Flag audio here:
to get a feeling of what normally happens on a training range. [The art of deception is to disguise your comms in the form of normal communications.
;-) ] Without baseline knowledge, you might mistake a Janet on approach for a hovering flying saucer.
Groom tests usually mention grids. Of course SAR would be grid based too.
Some of the wisdom of locating Area 51 in the middle of an air force training range is the presence of aircraft isn't exactly noteworthy. It is part
of the "hiding in plane site" mentality. The base walks the line carefully in this respect. For instance, a decision was made that the security
forces seen by the public would be those friendly camo dudes rather than JSOC trained ninjas.
It looks like this person found the elusive Groom Lake ground frequency, or I gave it out to too many people and somebody got waterboarded. ;-) The
reports about fuel are from the Janet's heading to Groom.
Back to the altitude changes, it is possible they are doing dynamic RCS tests. That is, having the plane change altitude and then seeing if the change
in position of control surfaces effects the radar cross section.
I will try to locate it later, but the same person that uploaded this audio also uploaded some Groom audio where they were dropping those radar
calibration balls. IIRC, the aircraft dropping the balls used the callsign ITCHY, which once again proves these guys have a great sense of humor.
The base places some of the calibration targets around the range to make it easier for the helicopter patrol to see the border.