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All in a weekend In a thunderous roar the fighter jets shoot skyward. The sound of high-horsepower propellers brings back images of a bygone era. Explosions erupt across the tarmac, simulating bombs being dropped by both new and vintage bombers. It's the Nellis Air Force Base air show--The Golden Tattoo celebration of the Air Force's 50th anniversary. It's nothing less than awe-inspiring, although, somewhat anticlimactic following what I did the Friday before. Friday, April 25, at GAM, I met several friends at the Highland office of the De- partment of Energy for a very A t t ambitious trek. t;en. To tour the entire Nevada Test Site! This was not just your regu- lar NTS tour, but a custom tour built around our own itinerary. Our goal? To see as much of the test site as we possibly could in 10 hours. We breezed through Mercury. The only event there that's noteworthy, is that the NTS is planning a fairly large auction. All sorts of vehicles and equipment will be As the mist clears from the blast, a slllumette emerges. epest Sympathy to the Kimb'all Family We'll miss put up for bid. The auction will be open to the public by advanced registration. As more details become known, we'll pass them along. From Mercury we headed toward area 25, where I learned that Fluid Tech is considering leasing the old E- MAD facility -- to decon- taminate vehicles that have been subjected to radiation. The facility will require about $8 million to bring it up to current OSHA and building code standards. Still, it's nice to see that our tax dollars spent in the 50s and 60s might actually be put to good use. We then made a beeline for Paiute Mesa, to view areas 19 and 20. Much of the folklore surrounding the test site, alludes to the presence of a "secret flying saucer" base in areas 19 and 20. Alas, I didn't see any "Secret Saucer Bases." We did, however, see a very good dirt road heading off into the Dead Horse Flat area. When our tour guide was queried, he said he'd never been there. So, if there are saucer bases on the NTS, my guess would be Dead-Horse Fiat. As we started our descent from Rainier Mesa back to the valley floor, I couldn't help but notice a spectacular view of Groom Lake from the west. All was quiet at our favorite "secret air base" that Friday, so we didn't see any "top secret" aircraft being tested. To be continued... ottie [Pahrump [Flooreovering /.ndudes: RemovPJ from P!aoe of'Death, PreparaUcm of Death Certificates and Permit. CremaUon, n'dnlmum U,-'m Fully Licensed P.O. Box ,0OO aS-rite *720 Buol Lane Pahrump, NevhL 89048 M0n. - Fd. 9.5, Sat. 9.3, Closed SUlL 6471 S. Homestead (Across from Sod Farm) OOOOO00000000000OOOOOOOOOO0 Name: Address: City: 5tare: Zip: Phone: Tree Membership o Pete r me without  your q:ial forrric f. I-1Cremation []Burial [-!Scattering O O O O @ O O O O O O O 00 O'@ O O OO4P-O O O O