MYSTERY WIRE — Shadows? Water on the ground after a rainstorm? Or surveillance aircraft?
The speculation over what we’re seeing at the Tonopah Test Range Airport is fascinating. It’s a game of clandestine hide-and-seek involving a secret base and civilian satellite technology.
The War Zone’s Tyler Rogoway brings us a second look at what he has spotted in satellite images from Planet Labs. It follows a great story from Dec. 6, 2019, that speculates on more objects spotted at the base. The website is among the sources of terrific work tracking activity involving the “retired” F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter over the years.
Don’t miss our report on the F-117, including our interview with Dreamlandresort.com webmaster Joerg Arnu:
So what’s the new sighting? One possibility forwarded by The War Zone: An aircraft refitted from transport duties to surveillance. The CASA CN-235-300 was the subject of a previous article from 2017.
A few comments on a Dreamlandresort.com message board cast doubt on that assessment, speculating that it could very well be water left on the runway from a recent rain. But those puddles are in a strange place — and there are only a few of them.