Janet Airlines

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If you heard the Bob Lazar interview on the Art Bell show, then you must of heard how Lazar got phone calls in the middle of the night telling him to report to the Key Flight terminal near McCarran to head out to S4. [You may insert "claimed" in the appropriate places if you don't believe Bob Lazar's story.] There is some confusion as to why he called the flights "Key", as these are the airplanes known as the Janet flights.

This is how the main door would appear at night. The yellow sign on the door says "Please use the secret knock after midnight". There is a vending machine to the left selling "Spook Today". Once inside, he probably sat (or allegedly sat as the case may be) on these cheap folding chairs in the waiting room.

door of janet terminal

The Janet flights carry workers from Las Vegas to Area 51, the Tonopah Test Range, Edwards AFB (North Base), and other "spook" areas. The Janet Terminal is in it own "secure" area at McCarran. This photo was taken just outside the secure area. [If you have a GPS, go to N36 05.602 W115 09.888] There is much confusion on the net as to which road leads to the terminal, due to the fact that the general area has been rebuilt over the years and the map makers haven't kept up. I claim you take Mandalay Bay to get to this spot. The 737 in the background has the standard red strip around the middle used by the Janet planes. The license plates have been altered to protect the innocent.


A visit to the shrine observatory (Tropicana Hotel Island Tower)  shows that the Janet terminal is expanding greatly. Since this is a work in progress, another visit will be required after the modifications are done.
feb 2006 construction at the Janet terminal

construction works at the Janet terminal

wide angle view showing new construction and Janet aircraft being loaded

This photo of N5177C  was taken from the San Remo Silver Tower,  which is not the best viewing location because the lens needs to be nearly parallel with the window to see the Janet area. The Gold Tower at the San Remo would be much better, as would the Island Tower of the Tropicana. A 400mm lens was used, which clearly is just barely enough if you want to get the tail numbers of the plane. 

This photo was taken from the long term parking garage (5th floor, row J) at McCarrin Airport. The white building is the Janet terminal. I would imagine some rooms in the Luxor have great views of the facility, though I suspect dealing with the reservation desk to get the best room would be a hassle. Perhaps you tell them that you want your room to face the Sphinx. I suspect the tilted glass will not be optimal for taking photos, so go for the tower. Better yet, stay at the Tropicana, since you can take pretty good photos from there.

The McCarrin parking garage would make a good observation point if you wanted to log Janet flights. [ If your really wanted to make the definitive Janet Airlines schedule and was willing to waste all day doing so, this would be your cheapest alternative. With two people, you could even head into the terminal for breaks or food while the other keeps post. You could do the same from your hotel room, but house keeping will wonder what the hell you are doing with a scanner and telephoto equipped camera. I suppose a small bribe would keep them from alerting security... ]  Make sure you use the long term parking garage as the location that faces the Janet terminal from the short term parking garage is a very high profile area. The FAA parking is located there (at least on level 5), and I saw mag stripe readers to enter some doors. I don't think anyone would hassle you in long term parking, though there are signs indicating bicycle police patrol the area. Head for row J, then the corner of the garage. The distance between the parking garage and the Janet terminal is 1 mile, which makes observation with binoculars or telephoto lens pretty easy. The GPS coordinates of the corner of the parking garage are N36 05 13.1 W115 08 55.0, while the Janet terminal is around N36 05 36.1 W115 09 53.3. Obviously your GPS won't work in the garage, so the coordinates are just for reference.  All parking levels but the top (duh) will give you some shade. The 5th floor is certainly high enough to get a good unobstructed view. 


This photo, also from  McCarran long term parking, shows that the Janet planes do carry some cargo, or at least they open the hatch to make you think they carry cargo.

You can photograph the Janet planes and terminal at night, but you will need a tripod. The terminal is all lit up with yellow sodium lighting. Photographing the facility at night should let you get photos of all the planes, plus you can look into the terminal windows.  This photo of the interior shows benches near the door. [Of course, what else would you expect in the terminal, alien autopsy tables?] The next group of photos were all shot from the 18th floor of the Tropicana Hotel. If anyone from the hotel is reading, please clean the windows. Geez! And if any Janet pilots are reading this, please try to park the planes so the tail numbers are completely visible.

N5176 plus some partial tail numbers.

The photograph below shows how the waiting room is now hidden from view due to the new construction. 

n5176y at night

N4529W plus a peak at the waiting room. (May 2002)

The N4529W plane is a smoking gun of sorts. While all these planes are registered to the air force, there is a FCC callsign registration for this plane that links it back to EG&G:

FCC Banner

Callsign Results [ULS DATABASE]

Callsign License ID Licensee Name Service
Address City State Zip
MS 61 821 GRIER DR LAS VEGAS NV 891933747
Phone Fax Contact Firm Contact Address
() - () -    
Contact City Contact State Contact Zip Contact Phone
      () -
Expire Phase Developmental Pn Accepted
Nov 30, 2004 Active N  
Pn Action Action Grant Date Area Operations
    Nov 30, 1994  
Special Condition 1 Special Condition 2 Special Condition 3 Special Condition 4
Special Condition 5 STA Request


Want Ad: Janet Program Manager 

URS Corporation/EG&G/LSI
Las Vegas, NV 89126
Job Title:   Program Manager, Airlift Operations
Job Description:
Requisition Number : EGG20514
Company : EG&G/LSI
Interest Category : Management/ Executive
External Job Title : Program Manager, Airlift Operations
Type of Position : Full-time
Country : U.S.
State : Nevada
City : Las Vegas

Minimum Requirements : MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
A Bachelor's degree and 15 years of progressive experience in aviation management with responsibility for management of flight operations and aircraft maintenance are required. Excellent communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills are required. The incumbent must be articulate with both oral and written presentation skills, be creative and forward-looking, a clear thinker, effective decision maker, and a proactive agent for change. The position requires the incumbent to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance, based on a Single Scope Background Investigation. The incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain thorough knowledge of company-operated jet aircraft flight procedures, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) directives and procedures, and company and customer policies and guidelines.

Must be able to obtain a First Class Medical Certification issued by the FAA.

Multi-Engine jet aircraft flying experience. Advanced degree and extensive knowledge in the following areas: Government Contracting, Flight Operations, Flight Scheduling, Aircraft Maintenance and Emergency Response.

Incumbent is responsible for all aspects of Program Management for a major EG&G Technical Services contract reporting directly to the Vice President of EG&G Installations Management Operations. Areas of specific responsibility include:
Ensuring safe, secure, and efficient flight operations.
Managing daily operations to meet customer schedules.
Maintaining excellent relationships with customer representatives.
Maintaining flying and maintenance programs that comply with applicable government directives.
Recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining highly qualified aircrew and maintenance personnel to support safe and efficient operations.
Maintaining, tracking, and adhering to government-established program spending limits.
Serving as a member of EG&G's Crisis Action Team in support of the company's Emergency Response Plan.
Supporting local EG&G ETS Group, and corporate business development initiatives when required.
Representing the company as appropriate with customers, employees, competitors, suppliers, government agencies, community organizations, professional societies and similar groups.
The incumbent may be subject to stress during emergency situations, be exposed to high levels of noise, or other environmental discomforts. Work is primarily sedentary, with some walking, bending, stretching, and climbing. Lifting up to 40 pounds may be required.
The work is performed primarily in an office, but may include the cockpit, which is a small, cramped space subject to high noise levels and extreme temperatures. All controls, switches, and instruments are positioned for ease of use and monitoring.

Want Ad: Janet Pilot

Requisition Number : EGG24062
Company : EG&G/LSI
Interest Category : Flight Operations
External Job Title : FIRST OFFICER (PILOT)
Type of Position : Full-time
Country : U.S.
State : Nevada
City : Las Vegas
Minimum Requirements : Must possess background and experience sufficient to pilot a Boeing 737 aircraft. Must hold an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. Must hold a First Class Medical Certificate issued by the FAA. Work is primarily sedentary, with some walking, bending, stretching and climbing. Lifting up to 40 pounds may be required. Must be able to qualify for a TS/SSBI security clearance.

4000 hrs. of flying time, a B-737 Type Rating, and an active TS/SSBI security clearance

Photographs of Janet Aircraft at McCarran (Las Vegas)

N5175U and N5294M

This photograph below shows how the new construction blocks the view of the aircraft. How convenient.

n5175u at night

This shot of N5177C shows how close the Scenic Air planes get to the Janet terminal:


N5294E and N5294M (April 2002)

N623RA, the newest Janet Beechliner, which replaces N27RA,  which crashed in March 2004.

n20ra and n623ba

N20RA, N27RA, N661BA (partial), and N654BA.  Note the plane N4536P is not involved with the Janet operation. 

N662BA (April 2002)

N661BA (May 2002)

N27RA (May 2002)

N27RA and N20RA: (April 2002)

N654BA Modification

On September7, 2006, N654BA was modified with a new antenna mounted to one of the windows. There is very little technical information regarding this modification available on FAA records. This diagram shows where the modification was done on the plane. The modification was designed by Denmar Technical Services of Reno, Nevada. Their mission statement is "Providing our customer with superior radar measurement systems and services."  There is very little information on their website. Denmar has some presence in Henderson Nevada, a town directly adjacent to Las Vegas.

n654ba window antenna


Here is the night shift coming back on N5176Y from Groom or the NTS  to Las Vegas after a long night of doing who knows what...

Hmmmh, I wonder where this Janet airplane originated? 

In the close-up photographs that follow, you will see three digit numbes near the nose of the airplane. These numbers date back to when the plane flew under a military tail number.

N5175U  was 72-0282
N5294E was 72-0284
N5176Y was 72-0285
N5177C was 72-0286
N5294M was 72-0287

One plane, N4529W has 290 on the nose. At the moment, this is a mystery.

N661BA at KVCB [Nut Tree Airport]

On 2/12/2008, there was a nut shortage at the Tonopah Test Range, so they loaded up N661BA for a trip to the Nut Tree Airport (KVCB).  (One assumes there were sufficient nuts at Groom Lake.)  The first photo is a prove it was there shot. You see the Nut Tree Airport plaque and the left and N661BA in the middle of the shot. This is followed up by a crop of the plaque. [OK, no arguments, this is the Nut Tree Airport.] .

Nut Tree air port with plaque in format and N661BA in the background

Nut Tree Airport plaque

Nothing like having a plane that frequents a top secret base sitting in suburbia.

N661BA at KVCB (Nut Tree Airport)

N661BA at KVCB (Nut Tree Airport)

Lastly, for the lump and bump watchers, here is the top of the plane.
n661ba lumps and bumps

and the bottom
n661ba lumps and bumps


Now back to McCarran (Las Vegas)

If you've seen the Area 51 special on the Discovery Channel, they talk about the workers entering the plane in plain street clothing, perhaps carrying a duffle bag or backpack. Now this guy doesn't have two heads. He just neglected to stand still long enough to get his photo taken. [I'd suggest ASA 400 film to do these kinds of shots, rather than the ASA 100 I used. This photo was done with a Meade ETX90 telescope and some cropping.

Ever wonder if Area 51 is an equal opportunity employer? Well wonder no more... But what does the 00 and 45 on the door mean? (Not too bad of a photograph from 0.6 miles away.) 

More workers getting on board (Feb 2006). Instead of a reflector telescope, an APO refractor is used. The film is now Fuji Astia pushed one stop. It seems a bit odd that the workers are carrying items in plastic bags, unless security is now tighter.  
bording Janet aircraft

bording the Janet aircraft

bording the Janet aircraft

I call this the Janet dance. The planes have to do quite a bit of wiggling to get into boarding position. The images are done in sequence.
janet aircraft getting in position to be boarded

This photo taken from McCarrin long term parking is to give a general view of the area, that is show the Janet Terminal relative to the local hotels. Note the Luxor Towers and Madalay Bay are shown in this photo but not in the older Terraserver photo that follows. Given the odd shape of many of the buildings, picking the Tropicana is certainly the simplest solution. Choose the Island Tower facing the airport on the highest floor possible. The very top 2 or 3 floors have expensive suites, but the rooms just under the suites are fine. 

Note the cloudy sky. Well, clouds or not clouds, the temperature was over a hundred degrees Fahrenheit. 

This photo is a combination of 1 meter per pixel photos from www.terraserver.com . The markings show local hotels and roads, so hopefully you won't miss the terminal. Click on the photograph to get a higher resolution image. Note that the Silver tower of the San Remo lies between the "R" and "E" in the label, while the Gold Tower is between the words "San" and "Remo". I would only go to the San Remo if the Tropicana is sold out (which does happen), since the views from the Tropicana are much better. The Janet Terminal blocks the view of part of the Janet planes from the San Remo Gold Tower, while the wicked angle you need to shoot from the Silver Tower lowers the quality of the photo since the window glass often has ripples in it.

Airlift Terminal

The Janet terminal appears on official documents as the Airlift Terminal or Airlift Facility.
eg&g airlift terminal

airlift terminal

Just so you know that Janet planes do fly. Photo taken at McCarran.

Photo taken on Mt. Charleston.


Yes this is a Janet plane, but photographed through an equivalent 2000mm lens (500mm plus 4x barlow). The photo was taken near Mt Sterling. The plane was about 11 miles away.

Photographs of the Janet planes at the Tonopah Test Range (TTR) can be seen here.

Janet aircraft have been recently seen at KPAE Snohomish County Airport. Photographs can be seen at:


NTSB Accident report from a former Janet "driver"

Aviation Accident Brief


At the time of the accident, the captain, age 52, held an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, issued October 25, 1979, with the ratings and limitations of airplane multiengine land; commercial privileges for airplane single engine land; and type ratings for 737, Gulfstream G-159, and Convair CV-240, -340, and -440 airplanes. His most recent FAA first-class medical certificate was issued on October 19, 1999, with the limitation that he must possess corrective glasses while flying.

According to the captain, he served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) from 1970 to 1975 at Mather Air Force Base, Sacramento, California. In 1976, he acquired his 737 type rating through United Airlines and, from 1977 to 1979, flew as a 737 first officer for Wien Air Alaska. From 1979 to 1980, he flew Gulfstream G-159s and King Airs as a captain for Coleman Air Transport. From 1980 to 1988, he was employed by the EG&G Corporation and flew 737s as captain and first officer.

Accident photographs

Accident  account from a passenger

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