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Photos of Basecamp Airfield

Taken by Glenn Campbell, Aug. 5, 1996

The Troll Guarding Basecamp

Basecamp Airfield is an auxiliary airstrip and support facilities adjacent to Route US-6 about 10 miles northeast of Warm Springs. This is a "secret" facility in plain sight: Signs on the fence say only the "U.S. Government" owns the facility, and personnel there will not divulge any further information. Circumstantial evidence indicates this facility is operated by a government contractor on behalf the Air Force Flight Test Center, probably in support of testing programs at Area 51. Basecamp is in line with the runway at Groom Lake, making it a possible emergency field for aborted take-offs of test aircraft from there.

See Basecamp page for more information on facility.

Below are photos of Basecamp Airfield and Halligan Mesa radar site north of Warm Springs on US-6 in Nevada. Also included are two photos of US-6 near the Tonopah Test Range. Copyright is asserted on all photos; they may not be copied or reproduced without permission.

Residential Compound

  1. Panorama of Residential Compound north of Tybo Road, from vicinity of US-6. (17k)

  2. Residential Compound seen from runway. Gazebo and radar/optical dome are seen at left; fire station and industrial compound are on right (14k)

  3. Small radar or optical dome seen in residential compound. It is about 12 feet high.(12k)

  4. Gazebo in the residential compound. US-6 approaches Sandy Summit in the distance. (23k)

  5. Close-up of houses in residential compound. (17k)

Industrial Compound

  1. Panorama of Industrial Compound south of Tybo Road. (25k)

  2. Power substation serving Basecamp. Adjacent to the industrial compound.(17k)

  3. Fire Station (19k)

  4. Close-up of signs posted on fire station. (26k)

  5. No trespassing signs on fence beside fire station. (44k)

  6. A tracked vehicle seen in the industrial compound. A camper is shown to the right for size comparison.(26k)

The Runway

  1. VOR-TAC navigation beacon (I assume). Can anyone identify this exactly. (15k)

  2. Globe-like device, perhaps a radar, about 1/4 south of the airstrip, lines up with it. (21k)

  3. Looking along the runway toward the north. Radar site on Halligan Mesa lines up perfectly. South end of runway: 38š18.937'N, 116š16.930'W. (26k)

  4. Close-up of radar site on Halligan Mesa. ( 6k)

  5. Viewing south down the runway from the north end. Vehicle approaching is that of the troll, who following me as I made my survey but did not interfere until I approached Halligan Mesa. North end of runway: 38š19.989'N, 116š16.197'W. (19k)

  6. Equipment at the small tarmac at south end of airstrip. (17k)

  7. Close-up of fuel truck and generators on tarmac. (35k)

  8. Weather monitoring equipment near the runway. (27k)

The Troll of Basecamp

Defends Invalid No Trespassing Signs

  1. Wide angle view of troll warning me to stay off road to Radar dome from US-6 near Sandy summit (Milepoint 73.7). Troll claims there was a U.S. Government No Trespassing sign on the post to his right. He says he put it there himself. (46k)

  2. A misplaced no trespassing sign about 1/4 mile from US-6 on the dirt road to Halligan Mesa. The BLM right of way (N-42984) grants no such exclusive government access, so the sign should not be here. GPS: 38š27.843'N, 116š08.690'W (61k)

  3. The troll alone, without surroundings. (24k)

  4. Close-up of of troll's face. (11k)

Along US-6

Traveling from Basecamp to Tonopah

  1. Warm Springs, the defunct stage stop at the junction of US-6 and Highway 375. GPS: 38š11.442'N, 116š22.138'W. (58k)

  2. Entering Toiyobe National Forest... But where's the forest? (22k)

  3. Sign for Tonopah Test Range on US-6 (Milepoint Nye 13.6). Paved road beside the sign, labelled Route AR-504" leads about 20 miles to the main gate of TTR. GPS: 38š04.755'N, 117š00.578'W. (23k)

    Milepoint Notes: (No photos.)

Scanned & Assembled by Glenn Campbell

 Reader Comments Regarding "Basecamp Airfield - Photos" - Latest First
it's a vortac

vortac refers to the configuration of the antenna....the smaller antennes at the base of the cone are monitor attennas user to check the accuracy of the signal...the transponder is probably a trn-44, the antenna is military, it has to beacons which alternatley produce an omnidirectional bearing si8gnal along with dme...also three letters in morse code to identify the transmitting staion..range of 200 nautical miles

-- anonymous 5/9/00 (#37)
the troll was my neighbor

I lived on a ranch near Base Camp, and I was struck by how weird the people who worked there were. We used to go the bar at Warm Springs, and I met the previous troll. He was real tight lipped about what he did, a big secret. The locals didn't go near there. When riding in the valley near the big radar I saw VERY strange planes flying by.

-- joanie 10/28/99 (#36)
Yep, that's a VORTAC

Most VORTAC/VOR-DME stations vary in design, but this is a classic one. The VOR segment is the raised platform with the small rectangular antennas on it, it can be used by civilian aircraft. The DME (Distance-measuring equipment)segment is the conical antenna above. The Cylinder on top of the whole deal is the military TACAN.

-- Nevada 10/27/99 (#35)

I recieved an email regarding my last comment on this page. The dickhead who sent it asked me if I am a 20 year staff sergeant and if I am proud of washing out of GAC. To answere your questions: I have only been in 26 months and yes I am glad I washed out of GAC, I didn't want to work on airplanes. I now have an awesome job in networking. I am much happier here than I ever would have been working on planes.

-- Beef OLynch ( ) 9/15/99 (#34)
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