- 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 base.
- 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
- 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.
- Thank You,
- Brian Uziel