Area 51 Satellite Image, August 23, 2011


There is some very interesting construction at the north end of the base, just east of the North Ramp. It looks like the construction of yet another new hangar in its very early stages. It is interesting to note that this new hangar would be the first hangar east of the old U-2 runway, which now serves as taxi way.

The size and distinct shape of the foundation of the new hangar looks very similar to two existing hangars at Nellis AFB, near the north end of the base. The hangars at Nellis are used for the security helicopters. With the Groom helicopter ramp being just north-west of the new construction (two helicopters can be seen in this frame) it is very likely that this hangar will also be used for the PaveHawk security helicopters.

The clip also shows four F-16 on the North Ramp. Finally, one of the buildings belonging to the block of the original U-2 hangars, the one in the north-west corner, has been slightly extended to the north. The U-2 hangars all have light green colored roofs. The extension has a white roof.

Satellite image taken by the GeoEye-1 satellite on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 11.23am PDT. © 2011 Dreamland Resort and GeoEye. Publication outside of the Dreamland Resort web site is strictly prohibited.

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