Look at the new nuclear bomb or the sixth-generation aircraft? The U.S. Secretary of Defense was revealed to have detoured "Area 52" before flying to
[Global Network Reporter Xu Luming] It was recently revealed that the special plane taken by the US Secretary of Defense took a detour and landed at the mysterious US "Zone 52" Tonopah test site before heading to Southeast Asia. This is where new American weapons, especially new tactical nuclear weapons, are used. Test base. The U.S. Secretary of Defense visited this test site just to see what it was, which aroused the speculation of the U.S. media.
The US "Popular Machinery" website reported on July 28 that the US Secretary of Defense Austin conducted an unusual "detour" visit before setting off for a visit to Southeast Asia last week. The E-4B air command plane he was on was flying across The Pacific had previously landed at the secret Tonopah proving ground.
Screenshot of "Popular Machinery" report
According to reports, the Tonopah Proving Ground has long been providing support for secret U.S. aviation projects, including F-117A fighter jets and fighter jets from imaginary enemy forces. Austin's E-4B plane took off from Washington, then flew westward and stopped at the Tonopah test site. Aviation enthusiasts and open source intelligence analysts tracked the flight's trajectory.
Austin’s plane stayed at Tonopah Proving Ground for a while, then flew north, stopped at Elson Air Force Base, and then flew over the Pacific Ocean to Singapore. And why the aircraft landed at the Tonopah test site is curious.
According to reports, the Tonopah test site is only 65 miles (approximately 104 kilometers) apart because it is close to the mysterious "Area 51" (the development and test area for US military aircraft), and it is likely to be "Area 52". In fact, a document of the US Department of Energy in 1998 described it as "Area 52". Today this test site is a key nuclear weapons facility of the U.S. Department of Energy, which specializes in "(nuclear) reserve reliability testing, armament, welding and ignition testing, and nuclear weapon delivery system testing." The testing site is currently testing the latest US models. The B61-12 tactical nuclear weapon.
U.S. F-15 fighter plane mounted B61-12 tactical nuclear bomb for test flight
The report mentioned that from 1979 to 1989, the Tonopah Proving Ground was the site of the 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron, a highly classified U.S. Air Force unit responsible for testing and flying Soviet MiG fighters. In the early 1980s, the 4450th Tactical Group (later renamed the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing) flew three squadrons of fighters from the Tonopah Proving Ground. These were not ordinary fighters, but the top secret F-117A stealth fighters at the time.
The report speculated that Austin's visit to Tonopah test site should be "to see something", which may be related to the B61-12 tactical nuclear weapon. But if you travel all the way to Nevada just to see a nuclear bomb, it is unlikely. The report also speculated that Austin might also be looking at a new type of secret fighter. Tonopah Proving Ground has been the first choice for secret fighter test flights for decades, and the U.S. Air Force is currently developing and testing the "Next Generation Air Superiority" (NGAD). fighter.
"Popular Mechanics" also speculated that what Austin went to see might also be related to the testing of hypersonic weapons, such as the AGM-183A hypersonic missile being tested.