KXTA - Area 51 - Homey Airport - Groom Lake - Upgrade

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#Real-Life United States

Hello you. 

I am hitting you with KXTA - Homey Airport - Area 51 - Groom Lake - Paradise Ranch - The Remote Location - The Box - erm, and a few others. Maybe you have your own name for it too. For me it's simply where I was created by Operation Paperclip types. 

Once upon a time I trundled past here on the Extraterrestrial Highway but didn't realise I was at the Black Mailbox whilst I was having a slash, mainly because it's not there any more, probably because of people like me. I did not see anything interesting in the sky. 

Being somewhat thick, when I embarked on this a few weeks back I thought 'great. I can make it all up. No need to spend hours dribbling at satellite photos.' Then I realised this is of course one of the most studied airfields in the entire world. 

I've done my best to replicate it by consulting all the various sites and maps out there. There was a surpisingly small amount of guessing required. If you don't hear from me again you'll know I got it righter than I should have. 

A humongous amount of ground textures have been changed. Not too far off every single building has been replaced. I've added proper ATC with ATIS. The second super long runway has been made inactive. The four salt flat runways have been added, though I dunno if anyone will want to use them. 

There's a new taxi system that allows you start in your favourite hangar, and we all have one. Fuel truck and push back is available at most, but the only spaces with a full set of ground services are on the Janet ramp - numbers 1, 30, 31 and 32. 

The runway lights are rather miserly because of course they only turn them on when you're expected and you certainly ain't. You should be using your NVGs anyway. 

This is heaving with so many models your computer may twat you, but it seems to run OK on my relatively modest machine. We have even gone all American with the vehicles. 

Big up to Skell300 for making the mysterious triangular tower, and TimmyL who modelled pretty much the whole of the facility for Google Earth which I made liberal use of. 

There are a few outlying areas that still need doing but I've spent so long on this my mind was starting to rot so I'll return to it. In addition there are a few bent buildings and dodgy textures which I'll address too I also have a slightly broken install so can't tell if certain colour changes have stuck.

One irritating issue I can't solve is that ATC will only send you to start on runway 33 no matter what. The stock airport seems to do this too. Dunno why. 

Let me know if I've made any hideous mistakes. Don't tell Them about this. 




Pretty empty over here.

Pretty empty over here.

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Pretty empty over here.

GPS Coordinates 37.237327, -115.812335

  • QWERTY123
    10 day(s) ago
    Great addon! Only thing I would like now is for the static planes in the scenery to be turned into flyable addons. I enjoy flying many military planes like the F14, F117, C17 and many more!
    • superspud
      10 day(s) ago
      Yes. They're a bit of tease. Maybe someday some genius will build something that hijacks any static plane you take a fancy to and turns it flyable.

      Many of them do already have flyable versions lurking in dark corners away from here, but they're usually little more than a skin.

      In another 2-3 years I reckon we'll be spoilt for choice.
  • MiklosBM
    1 month(s) ago
    Absolutely fantastic, thank you.
  • Alien007
    1 month(s) ago
    Let me just say, excellent job, and thank you for sharing your hard work.

    From the creator of Area 52.
  • ZoeyBTW
    1 month(s) ago
    If you have the crj you can add this to the navdata txt file to put the main active runway in and plan flights there on the fms. I hand typed everything so it may not be 100% but it works and will let you do rnav on runway 14/32 the runway in sim say 33 but it still works.

  • scaleybrat
    1 month(s) ago
    I took a trip around here last night in the Grravel, it's huge, it's sprawling and there are so many treats. I do have one question though.. what's with the guy saluting the taxiway? Brilliant job, as usual.
    • superspud
      1 month(s) ago
      To pay tribute to you on your way to your brave doom as you test that hypersonic anti gravity Austin Allegro of course. It would be nice if the ATC would send you in that direction of course, but it won't.
    • scaleybrat
      1 month(s) ago
      Brilliant, I noticed him as I taxied to look at Dragon lady, the car next to her is a beautiful touch.
  • HypePerformanceGroup
    1 month(s) ago
    Really love this!
  • Yizz
    1 month(s) ago
    It's really much better like this. You did an amazing job on it.
  • JKustom
    1 month(s) ago
    YOU ROCK Superspud!Thanks for this!! btw I landed a MB-339 on one of your Carriers.
    • superspud
      1 month(s) ago
      Glad you dug it.

      I went for the Goshawk over the 339 but it can't take off from most of the carriers. Something eats its front wheel and I can't figure out what it is.

      This is irritating.
    • JKustom
      1 month(s) ago
      I can take off in the MB-339 (NAVY 1) Poor mans T-45 texture. I start at the vary end, hold brakes and go full throttle! Old school, T/Os and landings.
  • Tuskin38
    1 month(s) ago
    This is amazing good job. One thing though, Runway 33R should have an ILS I believe. Navigraph seems to think so at least, and I think the base sim might also have one there?
    • superspud
      1 month(s) ago
      Ugh. I left the ILS intact and hoped it would stick. I don't have any luck ever getting it right for some reason.
    • Tuskin38
      1 month(s) ago
      Oof. Yeah ILS is a pain.
    1 month(s) ago
    Absolutely amazing! Thank you for this! My buddy & I are starting up a virtual air force for MSFS and our "testing & surveillance" squadron is going to be located at Homey... Thank you so much for this. Please link your paypal or something so I can donate. Feel free to hmu on Discord and I might end up paying you to make more airports for myself and our VM. BIG_FAT_MIKE#2519
  • DennyAtkin
    1 month(s) ago
    This is fantastic scenery. Love the static planes around the premises! Pretty impressive we got hold of one of those Sukhois!

    Thanks, as always, for creating these great airports and sharing.

    Maybe Tonopah would be a cool nearby destination, with some static F-117s, since they're still flying some there...

    • superspud
      1 month(s) ago
      I actually started off doing Tonopah, then thought I might as well do this instead. I may get around to it if no one else does.
    • JKustom
      1 month(s) ago
      Funny thing is the default TNX isn't too bad but Area 51 needed obvious help. This is the best area 51 I've ever seen! I spent half an hour just taxying around [email protected]@King lol. The next one I hope you take on is KEDW Edwards AFB. The default is crap lol. Can't believe it wasn't part of the USA update.
    • superspud
      1 month(s) ago
      Still a bit more to do to Area 51 as I was starting to drool by upload time so it was time for a breather. It's 95% there though.

      Tonopah mainly needs the silly hangars replacing and not a vast amount else.

      Edwards is a flat out shocker. It's vast in comparison so I may wait until the next pandemic if it isn't done by someone else. We shall see.

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