posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 01:19 AM
reply to post by FosterVS
The good news is that is how N8300G currently looks. I was given a photo, but didn't have permission to upload it. I still don't have a recent photo
DRA is KDRA, basically what NV65 used to be known as. The pilots are filing using DRA once in a while instead of NV65.
The DOE wanted all their airports removed from the FAA website, including KDRA. That caused a bit of confusion since Desert Rock is the weather
station (METAR) for the general area, and a significant number of civilian planes fly past there on a daily basis. In fact, DRA launches the
radiosonde. [The TTR has radiosonde capability too, though I don't know if they launch them in an official FAA capacity.]
Regarding rendition, it is hard to say that anything other than the Gulfstreams and the one USAF rendition flight (type of plane escape me) were used.
The CN235, Dash-8s, etc were probably used for some other task (special ops, delivering Starbucks coffee, etc), but not rendition. You can dig through
the Council of Europe documents for their rendition flight records.
"Hubris" is a good book, though it doesn't say much about Anabasis. I suspect it wasn't particularly interesting to the authors since it was a
scheme that was cancelled. Of course, it is of interest to anyone that pokes around the Nellis range. During Anabasis, one of the training exercises
went awry to the point where one or more Iraqi fighters (in the country both illegally and covertly) was seriously injured. If they were taken to a
non-military hospital, I commend (uh I think) the medical staff for keeping the presence of Iraqi fighters in the US a secret.
They supposedly trained at the NTS. You may recall Base Camp used to have security cameras pointing at Tybo, which could have been a place to hide a
bunch of "freedom fighters." I don't recall the time frame of the cameras. If you drive to the border of Tybo and lift the wood panel (now on the
ground), you will see an official US Government type no trespassing sign.
Photos from 2003: