posted on May, 24 2012 @ 12:21 AM
From Robert Coram's biography about John Boyd, on page 259:
Each prototype would fly against a MiG kept at a secret base near Nellis. Each prototype would also go up against the F-4. Sprey did not want Edwards
pilots as test pilots; he wanted real fighter pilots who would bank and yank without worrying about their clipboards, guys who could stand a plane on
its tail and make it sky-dance without worrying if they were writing down all the numbers, guys who did not need some engineering geek on the ground
to radio instructions on how to turn and burn.
Sprey refers to Pierre Sprey, one of John Boyd's associates. The phrase "each prototype" refers to the YF-16 and YF-17, though I believe only the
YF-16 was tested against MiGs at the "secret base". [The YF-16 became the F-16. The YF-17 became the F/A-18.]
The book doesn't explicitly state if the secret base is Groom or the TTR.