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 3D Reconstruction of  Groom Lake Air Force Base (Area 51), USA

A 3D Reconstruction of Groom Lake Air Force Base for Microsoft Flight Simulator FS2000 and FS2002 (Download available below)

Developed by Jamie Alnasir


The Top-Secret Groom lake air force base (aka Area 51 or Dreamland) is 75 miles north-west of Las Vegas. Previously the US Government denied its existance. The base was originally built in the 50s for Lockheed's military aircraft prototyping applications, since then it has grown exponentially.
It has been used in this way for stealth technologies such as the F-117, SR-71 and U-2 (See
Area 51 layout diagram below).


This highly accurate version is based on recent 1 meter (3.281 Ft) satellite imagery and data (aquired from the Russian Aviation and Space Agency). It features a complex layout including a 32 acre munitions storage facility, bunkers, tanks, burn pits, and large Runways - Runway 32L, for instance, extends onto the dried up lake totaling 25,300ft).

The model also includes Lockheed's large hangars as well as hangar 18, capable of housing aircraft with a wingspan of up to 235 feet. Area 51 is also known to house TEMPEST certified Intelligence and cryptological vaults (Buildings capable of supressing electro-magnetic radiation).

The base has also been alleged to have been used as a government storage faciliy for UFOs! Whilst this maybe unlikely the shear scale and technology in-use at the base is truly amazing.

Right: Area 51 Schematic Diag.

By Jamie Alnasir

Emphasis has been placed on layout, positioning and correct sizing of aprons, taxiway networks and buildings, so colouring and appearance of the buildings may differ from those on the actual base.

This first version excludes roads leading into the base, recreational facilities (such as baseball diamond and tennis court) and a few other buildings present on the real site.

Outline of main facilities (refer to layout diagram Below)

Tank Farm (Fuel)
- Storage tanks capable of holding 1,320,000 gallons of JP-7 fuel (20 Acre site).
Tank Farm (Water) - Storage tanks that serve the base with a 30-36,000 gallon capacity.
Asphalt Mixing Facilities - A preparation and mixing Plant to support the construction of the new runway (33R). At least 474,000 yards or 97 acres of asphalt was laid for the new runway and taxiways. 

Lockheed Hangars - There is almost 300,000 square feet of hangar space at Groom lake (in total). These ones are used by Lockheed.

Recieving Area - Securing the incoming Road that serves the base is achieved by this area, which handles supplies to the base, and also provides a large storage facility.

Dormitories - These rows of buildings house the personell.

Munitions Facilities and Bunkers - Thought to be part of the Stealth Fighter Weapons programme provides weapons storage and testing facilities. (32 Acre site)

Burn Pit - Toxic waste burn pit, used to dispose of chemicals and waste.

Extended Runway - This older feature of the base extends onto the dried-up lake bed of Groom lake.

Runway 33L/15R - This is the older runway that is extended onto the lake (see above).

Runway 33R/15L - This is the newly built runway.

Hangar 18 - Capable of housing aircraft with a wingspan of up to 235 feet.

Navigational aids (fictional for Flight Simulation)

Please note all NavAids for this Air Force Base are fictional, and it is highly
likely that they are using UHF (Ultra High Frequency) Band (in GHz) as opposed to VHF (Very High Frequency) Band (in MHz) as it has a far shorter range and higher signal quality. They may also encrypt the signal using some means of Transponder. They may even use other technology. MS Flight Simulator only supports VHF Com/Nav Radios.
(See article on GPS, NDB and VOR Comparison (NavAids) ).

ILS Runway 33L/15R  X33L = 110.10 ; X15R = 110.20 (16Km Range)
with DME

ILS Runway 33R/15L  X33R = 110.30 ; X15L = 110.40 (16Km Range)
with DME

VOR VX = 108.80 (20Km Range) (DME and VORTAC)

Extension landing...

For ILS Landing on Extended part of 33L (ILS Approach on 110.20 (15R))
- i.e you wish to land on the extension (Concrete built on Dried up lake bed), then you must fly as a normal ILS approach on X15R but approximately one notch below the Glideslope!

Project files available for Download

Download now FS2K (FS2000) Version(200Kb).
Download now FS2K2 (FS2002) Version(242Kb).

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