More flights to Area 51 than any other airline!
This page has not been maintained since 1995, and the flights
have probably changed.
Workers at the top secret Groom Lake (Area 51) and Tonopah Test Range (TTR)
air bases commute to work
aboard 737 jets from a not-so-remote terminal at McCarran Airport
in Las Vegas. It is only two blocks from the Las Vegas Strip!
On aviation frequencies, the jets are known by
the company name "Janet," a name whose meaning is unknown
Each jet is a 737-200 (or CT-43, the military equivalent) with a single
red stripe along the side and
no company name or insignia. Smaller Beechcraft Kingair
make special trips to Edwards AFB and other destinations.
...So bring your security clearance and your visa card,
because Janet will take you to Dreamland but they won't take
- Janet Equipment. Tail numbers and registrations.
- Flight Schedules. About twenty round-trips
- Las Vegas Terminal Diagram. Layout of
parking lot and local roads. List of observation points.
- Parking Lot Counts. Periodic inventory
- On-Air Glossary. Terms used by Janet
pilots and controllers. Also: "Janet" name theories.
- Janet frequencies and reporting points.
- Frequencies in general use by aircraft in
the Las vegas area.
News and Sightings
6/20/96: Helicopter sighting. For the first time, I saw a helicopter
land at the Janet terminal. It had the same paint scheme as the Janet
737s, with one horizonal red stripe and no obvious company name. I
could not see any tail number, but I was quite distant and might have
missed it. I took a distant photo with which the model might be identified.
6/30/96: T-Tails spotted in Augusta, GA. A reader [RO] writes:
Your birds seen at Augusta,GA. approx. six times in past six months.
N654BA with some kind of mechanical problems and diverted to Bush Field,
Augusta,GA. N20RA landed in support. Rude pilots!
Savannah River Project is just north of Augusta. It is a nuclear weapons
and fuel processing facility of the DOE and run by Bechtel!
5/9/96: "Official: Lack of black
boxes in military planes a national scandal," Las Vegas
4/27/96: "Military Ordered To
Put New Navigational Aids In Passenger Jets,"
Las Vegas Review-Journal, page 8A.
WASHINGTON - In response to the plane crash that killed Commerce
Secretary Ron Brown, Defense Secretary William Perry ordered the
military services Friday to install new navigation aids on all their
Help Needed! Visitors are invited verify this information and
report any deviations or additions. Also please report sightings of
same aircraft at other airports.
Last Modified: 12/9/96 gc.e