Found: A Secret Drone Base In Nevada

Well, as the U.S. withdraws from its UAV base at Shamshi, Pakistan, it looks like a new secret drone base has been discovered. Where? In the most cliched place imaginable, the Department of Energy’s Yucca airstrip located inside the massive Nevade Test Site — you know the federal land reserve that was used for nuclear testing; the one that sits inside the Air Force’s Nevada Test and Training Range which is home to Area 51, Tonopah Test Range Airport (where the RQ-170 Sentinel is based), and Creech Air Force Base.

The image above shows what appears to be an MQ-9 Reaper UAV sitting on the ramp at Yucca right near some very-new looking hangar buildings. According to Flight Global, the DoE’s Yucca airstrip has long been suspected of being a secret CIA facility. That’s something I haven’t heard before but it would explain the new buildings despite the fact that underground atomic weapons testing at the Nevada Test Site ended in 1992. Furthermore, there are rumors that the Desert Rock airstrip, located about 20 miles south of Yucca near the closed off town of Mercury, Nevada, has been used as a CIA facility.

Now, this may not be a CIA site. That could be an Air Force drone on the ramp or even one of the Department of Homeland Security’s Reapers sitting down there. Heck, it could even be a privately-operated (General Atomics) drone doing government contract work. The only things we can tell are the facts that the facility looks like it was recently rennovated and that there is indeed a UAV taxiing to the runways.

Click through the jump to explore the base on Google Maps.


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Well done to the guys at Flight.

20 Comments on "Found: A Secret Drone Base In Nevada"

  1. If' it's a secret why are we posting it on a defense site?

  2. Stuff that – Fars news is now showing extensive video of what puports to be an apparently completely undamaged RQ-170!

  3. The Fars article shows a desert colored drone instead of the grey color in the 'beast of Kandahar' photos. You think that would indicate it was planning on flying low altitude to avoid radar as well? Seems like it would be easier to visualize in the air opposed to the grey. The grill over the intake looks like it was constructed in two pieces, that kinda seems weird for how sleek the rest of the design is. Is this Iran fabricated for the photos (kinda like their 'SA-300' oil drums they paraded around Tehran)?

  4. In view of my ground-pounder background (meaning I virtually don't know shit about aviation), unless there is a scale of reference on this map (map legend) how is an observer able to tell if this is a drone or in fact a manned sortie?

  5. I thought the RQ-170 Sentinel are now based in Iran http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vorWHmk38yE&fe

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  6. If Its So secret why is it on google

  7. Haw finally President Obama has a new way to fight Illegal immigration. LOL

  8. Is it possible that this is a launch point for Border Patrol UAVs?

  9. More importantly, why do all the drone bases have to be in Nevada?

  10. Conspiracy?

    Answer this one: Why is it that every post's comment page in this website works beside the one about the captured US drone by the Iranians?
    http://defensetech.org/2011/12/08/iranian-tv-show

    I believe it is the owner of this website who choose to disrupt the comment page!

    /

  11. Just another base

    So they have some UAV no problem.

    Not subject to budget cut.

    Enjoy

    Pathfinder22554

  12. NOW THE SECRET IS OUT WHAT WILL WE DO,SHUT THEM DOWN THEY ONLY FLY THE MOST TOP SECRET ONES TO IRAN SO THEY CAN SEE WHAT WE HAVE…

  13. As a Private pilot, and a Citizen of Nevada, this sort of thing really bothers me. Not only does it show that the US Military and military equipment is being used against American Citizens- it presents a real danger to pilots. A remote person who is controlling this, will NOT be able to see or avoid a private airplane. Just another excuse to ban private aircraft, I guess.

  14. Actually that looks more like a U2 being towed to me than a drone. I'm currently at a U2 base, so I know one when I see it. However, it is a pretty blurry image. Also, if it was secret, it would be blacked out similar to how North Korea is, have a look at that on google. You guys will munch on anything.

  15. Scaled next to the U2s at Beale AFB the vehicles are definitly much smaller so likely drones.

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