There are plenty of wild stories out there purporting to tell us what’s really going on out in Groom Lake, Nevada.
Well, Groom Lake isn’t an actual lake anyway. At least, not anymore. The extremely remote lakebed out in the southwest desert of the United State is a secretive, albeit no-longer secret, air base for some top-secret wing of the US military. Some say that they are testing new weapons and vehicles out there, while others believe that the US is reverse-engineering crashed UFO’s at the site.
And while no one knows for sure what’s going on out there, it appears as though they are preparing for something big.
Late last week, a curious alert appeared in the Federal Aviation Administration’s database of Notices to Airman, or NOTAMs, which, among other things, alerts aviators to chunks of airspace that are temporarily off-limits. The details strongly point to the comings or goings of a high-flying aircraft between either Area 51, also known as Groom Lake, or the Tonopah Test Range Airport, two of the U.S. military’s most closely-guarded flight test facilities, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest of San Francisco, California.
The NOTAM, which was first pointed out by users of the Dreamlandresort.com message board, was issued on March 12, 2021, but was only active between 5:45 PM and 8:15 PM local time the following day. This is a very odd time when military aviation training and test activity is usually at a minimum. The notice outlined a path 20 nautical miles wide and 426 miles long at an altitude between Flight Level 450 and Flight Level 600, or 45,000 to 60,000 feet. The exact route, defined by a series of named waypoints, can be plotted using tools available on the website ForeFlight, as seen below.
The restriction also comes with a bit of a strange denotation: The aircraft or aircrafts traveling via this path would not be required to turn on their transponders or otherwise communicate with civilian air traffic control.
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