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Detachment 3, Air Force Flight Test Center

Presumed Operator of Area 51

The Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC), headquartered at Edwards Air Force Base, is the presumed operator of the secret air base at Groom Lake (Area 51). This assumption is drawn because "AFFTC" appears on many documents regarding base security and land use, and known Groom Lake alumni claim AFFTC credentials. AFFTC is a logical master because the Groom Lake base was founded for the testing of secret aircraft -- initially the U-2 -- and Edwards is responsible for that function. Groom Lake is Detachment 3 (DET 3) of AFFTC. Det. 3 Personnel often claim to have worked at Nellis Air Force base or "Pittman Station," a now-defunct post office in Henderson, Nevada. [GC 8/96]

Local Documents

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Land Holdings in Nevada

According to the 1994 environmental impact study of Edwards AFB [Reported by Xelex@aol.com] 18 off-base properties are owned by the Air Force Flight Test Center, including the following:

  • Bald Mtn., NV (in Groom Mtn. Range overlooking Area 51): 3 acres, 1971 to present, Mirowave Radar Annex

  • Beatty, NV: 32 acres, 1959 to present, Aircraft Test Research Facility

  • Bishop, CA: 62 acres, 1966 to present, Test Site

  • Coyote Flats (SW of Bishop): 642 acres, 1965 to present, Test Site

  • Also included are a string of microwave radar annexes and microwave relays running from Goshute, NV to Mt. Pinos, CA which were established in 1971 and 1972. Four missile tracking annexes in California are included.

External Links (Unofficial)

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External Links (Official)

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Created: 8/7/96