Images from Mike
October 5, 2007
We don't know what these peculiar
objects are, but they certainly don't look like anything one would
normally find at an airbase. Note that what at first glance may
appear to be incorrect shadows are actually enormous pits dug out of
And the three-sided pyramid is perhaps
the most intriguing of all, especially since it appears to be made
I was in the USAF for 11 years as a communications maintenance
troop. As a 30470, a stateside assignment I had was in a Base
and Installation Security shop, which provided me with daily
work inside the Bomber Alert and Weapons Storage Area of a SAC
Although I can't confirm what these structures are, they don't
seem at all bizarre to me.
The first picture is the most difficult to identify, or guess
about. Something about that shape rings a bell in my memory that
this is a RADAR type sensor structure. I've never seen such a
building in person, but I have been exposed to lots of official
technical and magazine pictures. The second picture is easier to
speculate about. The right side seems to be descending into the
ground. This is much like the tunnel walkway to lower levels of
a crew/area support building that I have used.
Additionally, it looks like the top level of the building is in
the process of being covered by soil/sand. This has many reasons
and advantages for any military building ( such as noise levels,
security, climate control and comfort ) let alone one in such a
place as Area 51. The third picture is hardly mysterious.
This is the same type of covered
arch shape where weapons (bombs) or other secure items are
stored, provided that both ends have walls, one having a very
heavy wide locked set of doors. The top of the soil mounds
around and over it where covered in asphalt on all the ones I've
been inside. Similarly, usually opened ended ones are basically
parking spots for aircraft. I think you should be able to find
photos on the web of TAC/USAFE fighters in Europe using these
for protection of the planes that are ready for quick response
in an intercept role.
All in all, I would speculate that it is a more or less
self-contained area for a single aircraft/mission. Much like the
old Bomber Alert crew quarters and chow hall that I was used to.
But in this case it's " X stuff " with more people for control,
maintenance, etc. The only thing "bizarre" may be if under pic 2
an elevator brings up 1 "aircraft" at a time from a larger under
ground bay ready for quick roll out.