This 16-part blog series will delve into the history, mission, and mysteries of Nellis Air Force Base. We will investigate this enigmatic military outpost from its opening in 1941. We’ll look at the base’s numerous military functions and the various conspiracy theories surrounding it. We will also investigate the multiple reports of UFO sightings and extraterrestrial encounters in the area. Join us as we explore Area 51’s mysteries and find the truth about this enigmatic military outpost.
Nellis Air Force Base: Satellite Imagery and Google Maps
Las Vegas is home to more than just casinos and shows. It also has a military presence that goes back to World War II. The Nellis Air Force Base is located just north of the city limits and includes thousands of acres of land on which it operates its aircraft, training facilities, and more.
Nellis Air Force Base is home to the famous Red Flag exercise, advanced fighter squadrons, and multiple other combat flying operations.
Nellis Air Force Base is home to the famous Red Flag exercise, advanced fighter squadrons, and multiple other combat flying operations. Red Flag is a realistic and intensive air-to-air combat training exercise that presents unique challenges to pilots and support personnel from the United States Air Force (USAF), United States Marine Corps (USMC), United States Navy (USN), as well as select members of friendly nation air forces each year. The exercises are conducted by experienced USAF instructors who teach basic fighter maneuvers (BFM) and weapons employment. The goal is for students to learn how to engage and destroy an enemy in battle while conserving fuel to return safely—a difficult task even with all the technological advantages of today’s military aircraft.
Red Flag exercises occur several times per year at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada; they were initially held at nearby Groom Lake or “Area 51″ but were moved after complaints from area residents due to increased noise levels during these years when most flights were supersonic). There are two phases: attack/intercept phase, where student pilots learn how best to utilize their planes’ capabilities in aerial combat situations against other types such as F-16s or F-22s; followed by SAREX, which focuses on Search And Rescue Missions involving helicopters dropping off personnel along with refueling points for those same helicopters out at sea!
For those who don’t know, the base is located just North East of Las Vegas and covers ~3,200 acres of land.
Nellis Air Force Base is located in the Las Vegas Valley just north of downtown Las Vegas. The base covers over 3200 acres and is home to the United States Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic demonstration team and the 325th Fighter Wing (325 FW), which flies F-16CJ Block 50/52 Fighting Falcons from Creech AFB and Nellis AFB. The base also hosts an annual air show called “Thunder Over Nevada,” which takes place in September each year at nearby Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The base has been operational since 1941 and was originally an Army Air Corps training base.
Nellis Air Force Base was originally an Army Air Corps training base. It was renamed Nellis Air Force Base in 1948 to honor Lt. Col. William Harrell Nellis, who died during a B-17 crash in 1943. The headquarters is located just north of the Las Vegas Strip and covers 3,200 acres.
At the time, it included three auxiliary areas as well – Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field (Indian Springs AF Aux), Camp Desert Rock, and Area 6.
- At the time, it included three auxiliary areas as well – Indian Springs Air Force Auxiliary Field (Indian Springs AF Aux), Camp Desert Rock, and Area 6.
- While Indian Springs AF Aux is used for training, Camp Desert Rock is a bombing range, and Area 6 is used for classified mission training.
Only the last of these remain in use today, but the other two have been abandoned since their closure in 1968.
The main access point to the base is via Nellis Blvd, which runs parallel to I-15 and stretches due east-west.
Nellis Blvd is the main access point to NAFB. It runs parallel to I-15 and stretches due east-west. Access points are guarded by military police, who will check your identification and issue an entry pass if you have one. If you don’t have an access pass, they will only let you enter the base if you have a valid reason for wanting to do so (i.e., business or emergencies).
Local traffic is permitted on Nellis Blvd but must be aware that there may be sudden U-turns from military vehicles entering and exiting the base at any time, especially when there are aircraft in flight operations at Creech Air Force Base (which lies just outside of Las Vegas proper).
When Thunderbirds fly into Vegas for Red Flag exercises or other events hosted by Nellis AFB, it can cause major traffic jams along Nellis Blvd as people flock towards the base entrance to see their favorite planes up close.
It’s primarily used by locals except for occasional traffic spikes when the Thunderbirds are in town or hosting Red Flag.
Nellis Air Force Base is primarily used by locals except for occasional traffic spikes when the Thunderbirds are in town or hosting Red Flag. Because of this, it’s closed to the public.
Off-limits to non-military personnel, residents living near the base have everything they need within a few miles of their homes — grocery stores, shops, and schools are all within a 15-minute drive from the housing area.
Nellis Air Force Base is located just North East of Las Vegas, NV. The base covers around 3,200 acres of land and is surrounded by a fence. The base can be accessed through Nellis Blvd, which runs parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard (also known as ‘The Strip’).
Residents living near the base have everything they need within a few miles of their homes — grocery stores, shops, and schools are all within a 15-minute drive from the housing area.
It’s not uncommon to see pilots walking around in uniform when away from the base.
It’s common for pilots to be seen in uniform when away from the base. They like to meet people and talk about their experiences, so if you ever see one in town (rare), don’t be shy about asking questions.
You can learn more about Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas from satellite imagery and Google Maps.
You can learn more about Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, from satellite imagery and Google Maps. The image above is a satellite photo taken of the base in 2016. It shows the housing area, which appears to be located at the southern tip of the ground (where there is an orange-colored patch).
In addition to satellite imagery, it is possible to use Google’s Street View function on their Google Maps platform: zoom in on any street address and see images that show what that location looks like from afar (as well as anything else nearby). You can find out where people live or work by following them around town without leaving your home!
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about some of the history, current operations, and satellite imagery of Nellis Air Force Base. At Abvio, we love using satellite imagery to learn more about our world; this was a great example!