Nellis AFB Bombing Range
Nevada
Tonopah Test Site North
Area 52
Entry Sign
Nellis Bombing Range
+37° 48' 43.28", -116° 45' 57.14"
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Tonopah Test Range by mitrom
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Run by Sandia National Laboratory
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Tonopah Test Range by mitrom
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TTR Entry Gate Courtesy of Lazy G Ranch
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Tonopah Test Site
Airfield and Main Facilities
Nellis Bombing Range
37°48'05.51"N 116°46'31.92"W
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Main Facility Overview

KZ TONOPAH TEST RANGE
By Karl_9999

Altitude 5549ft 
Magnetic Deviation E13.399°

RWY 14 APPR 143°
RWY 32 APPR 323°
Length 12002x150 CON

NELLIS APP FREQ1 119.35 M FREQ2 254.4 M
FLT DISPATCH FREQ1 119.45 M FREQ2 233.95 M
SILVERBOW TWR FREQ1 134.1 M FREQ2 297.65 M

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Janet Airlines Terminal
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Janet Plane Landing at Tonopah,  Courtesy of Lazy G Ranch

Tonopah Test Range Airport

Tonopah Test Range Airport (IATA: XSD, ICAO: KTNX, FAA LID: TNX) is located near the center of the Tonopah Test Range, 27 NM (50 km; 31 mi) southeast of Tonopah, Nevada and 140 mi (230 km) northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a major airfield with a 12,000 ft × 150 ft (3,658 m × 46 m) runway, instrument approach facilities, and nighttime illumination. The facility boasts over fifty hangars and an extensive support infrastructure.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Tonopah Test Range is assigned TNX[1] by the FAA and XS] by the IATA (which assigned TNX to Stung Treng, Cambodia).[3] The airport's ICAO identifier is KTNX.

Tonopah is owned by the USAF Air Combat Command. The known primary use of this airport is to shuttle government employees to the weapons test range from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

The primary (paved) access to the facility is off of U.S. Route 6 at the north end of the airport. Dirt road access points also exist on the south and east sides of the range. The site is plainly visible from commercial airliners, which pass 17 NM (31 km; 20 mi) north of the base on transcontinental flights.

History

The Tonopah Test Range airfield came into existence in 1957 and was largely used by the Department of Energy, the Air Force, and several contractors. The airfield was presumably originally built to support the AEC/DOE test programs, and only later was taken over by the military for flight testing.

SOURCE: Wikipedia Tonopah_Test_Range_Airport

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Aircraft parking is all under covers
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Aircraft covers
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Aircraft covers
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Unknown Facility
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Dyncorp Facility
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Dyncorp Facility,  Courtesy of Lazy G Ranch
Dyncorp

Dyncorp is into everything from environmental cleanup to spraying poppy plants in Afghanistan. I'll leave it up to the reader to guess what they are doing in Tonopah. There is considerable information on the net that Dyncorp maintains the water supply at the Tonopah Test Range. The flatbed trunks are used to move "threats" around during Red Flag and Weapons School exercises. - Lazy G Ranch

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Tonopah Test Site North
Mountain Top #4
Nellis Bombing Range
37°51'11.56"N 116°47'35.36"W
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Tonopah Test Site North
Mountain Top #5
Nellis Bombing Range
37°51'10.35"N 116°52'17.23"W
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Tonopah Test Site North
Mountain Top #6
Nellis Bombing Range
37°48'38.34"N 116°45'34.37"W
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Tonopah Test Site North
Test Site Barracks
37°52'58.34"N 116°45'56.85"W
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Living quarters north of the test site
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Odd retaining basins
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Odd Swirls in the liquid
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Strange looking set of pools
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Tonopah Test Site North
Bombing and Satellite Targets
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Very old hexagonal target
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Old satellite orientation target
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Satellite orientation target #7
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Hard Target
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Courtesy of dracolich
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Older Hard Target
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Older Hard Target
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