Message posted by Peter Merlin on April 22, 2016 at 18:30:29 PST:
Prior to 1955, there was just the old World War II auxiliary airstrip east of Groom Dry Lake. You can still see it on Google Earth. It's just a dirt strip with two crossed runways. The Groom Lake area was used for bombing and gunnery practice during the war. The Lockheed people had to clean up a lot of spent shell casings and other debris when they were building the original Watertown air base. Beyond that, there were no permanent facilities prior to 1955.
In Reply to: Before the U-2 era at Groom posted by Birch on April 22, 2016 at 7:06:55 PST: