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Mystery surrounds tanker flight over Area 51


Posted on Monday, 12 November, 2018 | Comment icon 14 comments

Area 51 remains shrouded in secrecy. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Cooper
A Boeing NKC-135R was tracked flying over the secretive facility multiple times back on September 20th.
There are few places on Earth as notoriously secretive as Area 51 - a remote facility in the Nevada desert that has become synonymous with stories of reverse-engineered alien technology and the development of highly advanced black projects that next to nobody knows anything about.

Despite the mystery surrounding the base however, it seems that not even Area 51 is beyond requesting the services of an air-to-air refuelling tanker now and again.

On September 20th, tracking data indicated that a Boeing NKC-135R tanker had spent much of the night flying repeated routes right over the top of the secretive facility.

It began at around 11pm and continued crisscrossing Groom Lake for over 4 hours before vanishing.

While it is unclear exactly what the tanker was doing over the area, it is not difficult to imagine that it could have been refuelling some sort of exotic new aircraft that is being worked on at the base.

Given the secrecy surrounding the place however, it is unlikely that we will ever know for sure.

Source: The Drive | Comments (14)

Tags: Area 51

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by toast on 12 November, 2018, 21:29
Looking into the flight history of that plane it seems that the A/C is a weekly guest in that area. Must be alienz. Flight History
Comment icon #6 Posted by Timothy on 13 November, 2018, 0:39
‘Exotic’ used in this sense does not have to have anything to do with the propulsion system. It may be an experimental craft, but it may also just be a standard operational or training excercise etc.  Air to air refueling does not suggest anything abnormal in itself, especially if they were not operating under due regard at the time. (Due regard being when military/state aircraft operate with transponders off, do not communicate with civilian ATC, and assume the responsibility of self separating from other aircraft) Aircraft operating under due regard also does not suggest anything abnormal is... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by cyclopes500 on 13 November, 2018, 9:48
They wouldn't be flying it above something small to hide it from Russian and Chinese satellites would they? I'm thinking of the resolution they'd have. I'd imagine the top quality American stuff could see Ants walking up and down a New York High Street.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Timothy on 13 November, 2018, 10:54
That wouldn’t make much sense.  What about the shadows? What if the satellites aren’t directly above the tanker. Why not an aircraft with larger surface area? What about abnormal heat signatures? Etc.  The fake aircraft to confuse satellites worked at the time, but it would probably take a little more than that for what you’re suggesting. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer on 13 November, 2018, 14:47
Maybe the were testing a new fueling system?
Comment icon #10 Posted by toast on 13 November, 2018, 16:17
Hell, its just simple so what exactly is the problem: - There is an A/F base where fighter jets and other military A/Cs are based - There is a KC135 Tanker in operation - There are dozen's of flight records of the tanker circling near to the A/F base - Military pilots have to do regular air refueling trainings - Military jets/pilots from neighbour A/F bases may come to this A/F base for air refueling exercises - A/Cs crossing the country may get refueled there - Maybe new or upgraded or maintained air refueling systems get tested there - Holy &hit!
Comment icon #11 Posted by South Alabam on 13 November, 2018, 17:34
A test aircraft might have taken off, climbed to altitude and refueled to test endurance once at altitude. Regardless a tanker aircraft is not a conspiracy.
Comment icon #12 Posted by AllPossible on 14 November, 2018, 0:52
Ya I agree. Would think magnets or electricity or both combined would be cool. Even nuclear powered. Idk I'm not smart lol but I'm interested 
Comment icon #13 Posted by Timothy on 14 November, 2018, 3:39
Well it’s really just a matter of time. With the way technology is progressing you’d think we'd see some less conventional stuff if our species isn’t wiped out too soon.  There’s been plenty of interesting and downright crazy stuff on this forum over the years if you have a dig through the crates! 
Comment icon #14 Posted by aztek on 14 November, 2018, 3:49
yea, they are awesome, its called an electric motor. without going scifi, i'd say today, propulsion system of the future is hybrid one, turbine electric hybrids,  it is possible today, and it still requires jet fuel


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