reply to post by GroomLakePolishFAN
I'm assuming you mean this report.
Hey, at least Joerg took photos. Kudos.
Now when you climb TIkaboo, you can see some areas on that hill that look "nude" for lack of a better description. I've checked out the spots with
both telescope and binocs. There is nothing there that sparkles, which is really common for crash sites. Now I suppose the base could have dumped some
dirt on the area to hide the shards of glass and metal from a crash. But it has been my experience that debris gets caught in the shrubs, and that
would have to be removed by hand. It is substantially harder to clean up a crash site than you think.
You can also look at that hill on google earth. There are two "community" markers there, though they don't match the locations given in the
The trouble is you can find weird looking patches of dirt in Nevada without anything crashing there. Just the fact that the bedrock is a little higher
in one spot can make the top soil look different.
I can testify first hand that they often don't bother to put out fires on the range. The fires generally burn themselves out. I drove right up to a
Mt. Irish fire and not a soul around.
If I posted some crash site coordinates, you could tell on Google Earth that something did happen there. Some of the crashes have bright spots due to
reflections off of metal shards.
While I doubt they had two B-52s at Groom, you can't rule that out as a cover story. But if they did have B-52s there, you can't rule out they had
external fuel tanks. Perhaps they wanted to see how a certain fuel mixture looked on radar. A lot of testing is done with boring old aircraft just
because they are so available.
Then again, the event happened in August, which is peak lightning season.