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Delamar Landing Field 788

Delamar Landing Field 788
The Caliente Landing Strip or Delamar Landing Field. This is simply a gravel landing strip that was built in the 40's, with no indications of there having been any other structures here. Access to it is over a rutted dirt road. From nearby US 93, you can't even tell that there was an air strip here -- it just looks like open desert. It is visible, however, in a satellite view (see map). Considering the remoteness and condition of the field, it is difficult to imagine how it might have been used. However, considering the secrecy of government and military activities in the 1940's and 1950's, it is possible that this was involved in training and/or testing of secret aircraft.

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Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
splendid isolation ?
3 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to Nylonbleu
That part of Nevada was used by the military during WW II specifically because of the isolation and thus the ability to do things in secret.
3 years ago.
slgwv has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
And that remains a factor to this day! ;)
3 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to slgwv
And here I thought those odd flights in unmarked planes from McCarran were just secret party flights sponsored by the Hard Rock!
3 years ago.
slgwv has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
Well, there might be a few of those, too!

Less facetiously, it might well have been an emergency strip for the test flights. We saw a program recently on Area 51 (NatGeo or History or PBS, so it was legit), where they talked about testing what became the Blackbird, and they mentioned the provision for emergency landings around the test area itself.
3 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to slgwv
That (emergency landing strip) is the story I've heard also. You know there's a new and more modern 'mystery strip' west of there, a little north of Warm Springs, parallel to US 6?
3 years ago.
slgwv has replied to Don Barrett (aka DBs…
I'll have to check it out! I usually don't get that far south, simply because of all the driving.
3 years ago.