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How Can We Find Out
What's On Those Secret Bases?
UFO's and America's new aircraft technology are the most
closely guarded government and military secrets in history. The
X-30 (Aurora) project has as its goal an aircraft that can take
off from the ground, fly to the upper atmosphere, enter the
edge of space and accelerate to 17,500 miles per hour as it
begins an intercontinental flight lasting only a few minutes.
The X-30 is a noisy, highly visible aircraft until it reaches
the upper limits of its flight, or until it turns on its ECM
gear. One of its present missions is to divert attention away
from more spectacular aircraft development, particularly that
which is being conducted at Groom Dry Lake in Nevada.
Government officials and intelligence agencies claim there is
nothing at Groom Lake, that it doesn't exist. At the same time,
gun-toting security guards protecting a runway almost seven
miles long will threaten you with charges of espionage if you
get too close to their facility.
Actually, I don't think they would charge you with espionage.
Consider for a minute: How could anyone be charged with spying
on a facility that officially doesn't exist? Believe me, trying
to prove you were spying at Groom Lake would be more difficult
and more embarrassing than denying the government is hiding
UFO's in the first place.
It would be a lot easier for them to simply kill you and bury
you in the desert because they wouldn't be required to open
their non-existent base to public prying during the subsequent
Let's play a mind game. It's called "King of The Hill," or
"Blue Flag, Red Flag." You have a secret base sequestered in
the high desert just north of Las Vegas and you're doing things
up there that have piqued my interest. I'm determined to have a
look at your facility. How do I go about it?
What I would not do is organize a caravan of a dozen or more
people to go parading into town to announce our intentions. I
would go alone or with one or two other people. I would not
tell anyone I was leaving and I would not stop anywhere near
the base to herald my arrival. I would stay out of town and
particularly would I stay out of the local gathering place.
If no one knows you arrived, no one can call the secret phone
number to let the spooks know they should keep their plane on
the ground, see?
Officially, two billion dollars were allotted to the X-30
Project and if you don't believe some of that money was set
aside to pay informants in the villages surrounding Groom Lake,
you're not seeing the big picture.
While planning your clandestine mission, bear in mind that the
only person you can really trust is you.
But this is only half the strategy. The desert around that base
is littered with the same kind of motion sensors we used in
Vietnam to detect enemy troop movements. Walk through the
desert, day or night, and a panel on the base lights up like a
Christmas tree. Pretty soon, here come the security police a
hundred miles an hour to threaten you with extinction.
These motion sensors are only the most immediate indication
that you are treading on forbidden ground. Every few hours of
every day satellites pass over the base taking pictures that
can reveal items as small as this 8x11" sheet of paper with
astonishing clarity. Sensors can see right through your tent or
automobile or motorhome. The people to whom these images are
presented can tell the year and model of your vehicle, can tell
if a person is male or female, adult or child, and what they
are carrying in their hands at any given moment. They know when
you go pottie and where.
How do you get around this problem? Here are some suggestions:
First let's outline the mission. We don't want to set fires or
blow up airplanes. We're not saboteurs, merely overly curious
taxpayers. We don't really want to go on the base. We don't
have to; we can find out everything we need to know from about
30 miles away on civilian territory.
The mission here, if it really makes any difference, is to find
out what kind of aircraft are being tested at Groom Dry Lake
and what other odd goings-on are occurring there. We must
remember that we are going to penetrate a secret facility and
discover information not intended for our eyes. With a little
questioning, you can discover the schedule of most of the
satellite fly-overs and plan your activities when they are over
What will we do with the information once we have it? (because
we are going to get it if we plan our mission as
semi-professional spies and not as a roving band of zealots who
have great purpose without great plan).
All we need are pictures. Still pictures, motion pictures,
video pictures. One or all. Since the base is fairly well
hidden on a dry lake surrounded by formidable mountains, we
must find a way, short of walking, to get above the mountains
in any direction from the base.
Idea #1). A radio controlled model airplane designed
specifically to house a camera that can take still or motion
pictures of the desired area. Our own little U2, so to speak.
Engines can be muffled to be nearly silent. The wood and
plastic model will not return a radar profile so it could, if
required, fly right over the base without being detected.
The camera should be mounted vertically, be of suitable format
(70 mm or larger) and be capable of being programmed to fire at
predetermined intervals after the plane reaches altitude and
The radio signals should be capable of reaching the plane over
a fairly long distance, probably farther than a normal RC
transmitter. If the lens on the camera is of sufficient focal
length, we can stand off a safe distance and still get our
The camera and plane must be recoverable after the sortie is
completed. Infra red film should be loaded for night flights,
black and white Shellburst for day flights. A navigation light
should be affixed to the plane and be visible for a mile or
more so we can keep track of it.
Idea #2). An unmanned tethered balloon rigged with a suspended
platform capable of holding a still or video camera. The
platform should be constructed to rotate similar to a
television antenna. The balloon should be tethered at four
points to minimize pitching and yawing. The control cables
should run from the platform or basket to the ground where
batteries and monitors are located, perhaps in a van or
The tethers should be of sufficient length to allow the
balloon to ascend to 3000 to 5000 feet (you'll be violating
sacrosanct airspace, so be prepared to haul it in or cut it
loose). To reduce weight, tethers might be of mylar
monofilament. The balloon will have to be of a size sufficient
to lift the weight of the platform, the camera, the motor and
rotating assembly and the tethers and control cables.
The camera must carry a lens capable of recording clear, sharp
large scale images over a distance of 25 to 30 miles. Any
photo supply house will sell or lease the proper gear and film
to you for the right price.
Idea #3). This would be my choice. An ultra light aircraft. No
license required. Can be trailered and assembled in minutes by
anyone with a screwdriver and a couple of wrenches. Carries one
or two fully grown adults. One qualified pilot and one
cameraperson. Plenty of fuel. No problems with directional
control of the vehicle. Shoot what you see, change lenses,
change film, stay as long as required and land. Again, the
camera should be fitted with a telephoto lens similar to a
Questar. Try to get something with an effective focal length of
250 to 500 inches.
The disadvantage to the ultra light is that it is large, noisy
and highly visible, increasing the chance someone will drive
over to see what the heck you're up to before you complete the
A rifleman on the ground could easily shoot you down if he
wanted to and that will definitely ruin your plane, to say
nothing of what it will do to you.
With some rigorous practice assembling and launching before you
go to the desert, you should be able to get your mission off
the ground in about 30 minutes after you park the truck.
What we are going to do to obtain our intelligence data is to
use the same tricks they use to gather their intelligence
information_day and night aerial photography. We are going to
take aerial photos early in the morning, around noon, and just
before sunset. We need the early morning and evening shots to
establish the length of shadows. This, coupled with our
altitude, focal length of the lens and sun angle, will tell us
how tall structures are. The shadows lend a third dimension to
the images on the film. If we calculate the height of the
average man as six feet, we can use those shadows to determine
about how tall other nearby objects are.
We need the noon shots to eliminate shadows so we can put each
object in relation to all others and determine the sizes and
placement of the objects we see on the film. Ideally, we need
some vertical shots with approximately 60% overlap so we can
construct stereoscopic models.
We also need some horizontals (obliques) so we can see into
hangar bays and between buildings during morning and afternoon
shots when the sun will project light where we need it.
It is possible we might use all three aerial recon methods to
obtain our data. The RC model plane can get our verticals,
particularly during the day so we can establish the locations
of buildings, aircraft, revetments, etc., and we can plan our
night missions more effectively. We'll know where to look for
The balloon can be used to take the Infra Red night shots.
Ideally, the camera would be fitted with a night scope so we
can really see what's going on and rotate the camera more
precisely. We might want two cameras; a video camera with a
nightscope to use as a viewfinder/rangefinder boresighted to a
16mm cine camera like a Milliken, loaded with IR film and
capable of shooting at 1000 to 5000 frames per second. You
would be surprised what you can see on IR film! The heat of the
vehicle and crew, for one thing. Lights and exhaust for
another. Sensors, too.
The ultra light aircraft can be used to recon the area and look
for security vehicles when not being used to take telephoto
shots of the base during the day. Air observers and ground
personnel must have short range FM radios.
Now, you're saying all this seems like a lot of trouble just to
get some pictures of the most secret aircraft in the world. But
you're going after pictures of the most secret aircraft in the
world and if you really, really want to find out what's down
there, plan on spending some time and money on the project. We
didn't find out Russian missiles were in Cuba by asking the
Cubans to release information; we sent some U2s and RF-101
Voodoos over to take pictures and we knew it for a lead pipe
The point is: If we want to get the information we feel we must
have, we can no longer treat this as a weekend holiday to the
Alien Inn. We must sit down and plan an incursion into very
unfriendly territory, which incursion might get someone killed.
Those who decide to contribute funds for the equipment and
materials should make their presence known in some manner.
Those who take it upon themselves to plan and execute the
mission must understand that they cannot expect to go for a
weekend trip, but must be prepared to camp out in the desert
for a week or more. That means most of the food, water and
sanitary supplies must go right along with the balloons,
helium, cameras, film and aircraft.
That means radio silence. That means completely avoiding other
people for however long it takes to get results.
And don't forget to take a semi-automatic weapon and at least
100 rounds of ammunition per person. Just in case.
Espionage (for that is what it is) is serious business, folks.
You aren't going to discover what's on the other side of the
mountain by sitting around at the restaurant in groups of two
dozen or more and expect CIA to launch a UFO on cue when you go
roaring up to the viewpoint.
You toss your bottle of Canadian blend into the trash, kiss
your wife goodbye, sneak in, tell no one you are there, unload
all your gear, send your driver on his way, set up
housekeeping, and stay as long as necessary or until the big
bad wolf arrives to run you off. That's the only way we're
going to get usable pictures of the top secret aircraft flying
out of and into Groom Dry Lake.
Where would I set all this up if I were seriously entertaining
the idea to execute the mission? Well, certainly not at the
best-known and most convenient mountain in the area. The one
mountain left from which people can see the base is only one
facet of what the intelligence community calls "crowd control."
As long as you know you can see the base from that mountain
without being unreasonably harassed, that's where you will go,
And, of course, that's where they want you to go so they don't
have to spread their security forces too thin to cover the
several hundred thousand square miles of Groom Dry Lake looking
The idea, then, to beat them at their own game, would be to go
to the least accessible and least likely area to begin your
recon of the base. Most of the motion sensors are over on the
easy side. Most of the PIs will be looking for activity over
there. Begin somewhere else.
Of course, this will require a pre-assault expedition to locate
the best area to set up your base camp away from the civilized
villages that were established to attract you like moths to a
flame so base intelligence personnel can keep track of your
As a diversion, you might schedule a weekend symposium at or
near the Alien Inn to keep the PIs occupied while two or three
courageous souls venture over to the other side of the base to
launch their balloon and RC U2 recon plane.
If intelligence personnel locate your base camp, they will
descend upon you like the wrath of God, shouting and shooting.
Expect, at best, to lose your equipment if you get caught.
Expect to be detained indefinitely while someone reams you a
new fanny and determines what will become of you. If you are
apprehended, control of your destiny will be in the hands of
people who really don't care too much about your health and
Expect, at worst, to become a statistic, a MIA. For this
reason, you should complete a will and let friends know they
should contact your relatives should you not return by a
certain date. Don't tell them where you are going or they may
become statistics, too.
On the other hand, as I have stated before, some things are
better left alone. Secret weapons are secret because the
average American and the rest of the world has no need to know
what is parked behind those revetments or stored in underground
I have seen nothing concrete to convince me that the aircraft
at Groom Lake (or anywhere else for that matter) are anything
more than progressive developments of technology begun in
Germany, England and America prior to and during the Second
If a Spanloader (Flying Wing) exists that can rise vertically,
hover and sail silently away, and if you think that is
remarkable, remember that the prototypes of vertical lift
aircraft were being developed before the Second World War,
sixty years ago. Remember that VTOL and STOL aircraft have been
constantly developed and vigorously refined since the end of
the war. Remember that computers can produce
counter-frequencies to mask any sound and produce complete
silence, even to the loudest aircraft around, the AV8 Harrier,
a V/STOL tactical ground support fighter that literally causes
the earth to tremble when it lifts off vertically.
Be aware that if a computer can produce counter-frequencies to
mask sound, cloaking devices-computers to mask images (make
things invisible) may also be utilized on the next generation
of military aircraft.
And remember, too, the VCASS helmet being developed at Wright
Pat. The same idea (Virtual Reality) is so common on the
commercial market that, for twenty dollars, you can go to an
Arcade, strap on a helmet and play VR games for half an hour in
three sensations: sight (color), sound (stereo) and touch.
What many people perceive as "new" technology is merely old
technology and ideas refined and removed from the test bench to
become usable hardware.
If you were astounded by laser and wire and TV guided bombs
during the Gulf War, please remember that Germany had developed
and was using those weapons on a regular basis by 1944. They
had wire guided air to air, air to ground and ground to ground
missiles. They had air to ground TV guided bombs. They had air
to ground and ground to air radio guided missiles and bombs.
They had remotely fired rockets. They had jet and rocket
airplanes. They had solid and liquid fueled intercontinental
ballistic missiles. They had developed and flown an advanced
jet-powered saucer-shaped aircraft (which may or may not have
been captured and refined by western powers after the war).
Eugene Sanger had proposed and presented the "Suborbital Skip
Bomber" that would have carried nuclear warheads from Germany
to the North American continent and against which no deterrent
had even been conceived!
This was fifty years ago when many aircraft were still being
made of wood and covered with fabric in most of the rest of the
So remarkable were the inventions of German scientists that the
victorious nations kidnapped the scientists and confiscated the
weapons by the shiploads before the war was even over. Many of
the German scientists smuggled to America were put to work on
our space program. Their most notable achievement was getting
American astronauts to the moon and back within a brief 20
The most beneficial results as far as the rest of us are
concerned were advances in cosmetics, synthetic fabrics and
fuels and automobile products, and intercontinental air travel
in planes with jet engines and swept-back wings and flying
But behind all the glamor and clamor of the headline news,
don't you imagine other people were quietly at work developing
secret weapons and secret aircraft and secret computers to get
us, not to the moon and Mars, but to the edges of the known
universe? That was, after all, the real dream of the German
Don't you imagine someone somewhere has been working on the
design of the starship with all its intricate and manifold
parts that will carry the human seed to other worlds? Don't you
imagine that hundreds of people have struggled for decades to
create the perfect power source, some sort of Cascade Generator
that would render a craft massless and drive it at light
speed_if for no other reason than to sever our dependency on
Don't you imagine that we see a trickle-down benefit of such
research on the commercial market in the form of automobile
computers, aircraft designs, even children's toys (designed to
give today's kids a hands-on feel of tomorrow's heads-up
display in their starfighter).
And don't you imagine that most of this RDT&E must remain
secret or top secret if we are to maintain superiority in the
Recently launched satellites can track the migratory habits of
creatures as small as sea turtles in the Atlantic Ocean or
pinpoint fires burning out of control in the rain forests. They
could also keep track of humans implanted with small
transmitters or creatures alien to our planet, or space craft,
space debris and small planetoids approaching and entering
Earth's atmosphere some not-so-future day.
Being an author, I'm as curious as the next person about the
inventions and new developments that will carry us into the
21st Century and beyond, however, conspiracy or no conspiracy,
I really believe we ought not go scrubbing about on secret
RDT&E bases lest we find and expose exactly what we are looking
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