GROOM LAKE ‘VIPER’ BREAKS COVER

F-16D serial 86-0052 flashes through a canyon at low level on November 14.
Photos Alan Chadwick

THIS MAY LOOK like a nondescript F-16D, but in fact it’s anything but run-ofthe- mill. Photographed as it flew at low level in the Jedi Transition in the R-2508 range complex, California, during the early afternoon of November 14, unmarked F-16D Block 30 serial 86-0052 was actually making a very rare appearance. There are no other recent images of this aircraft, mainly due to the fact that it is stationed at the top-secret Groom Lake air base on the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR).

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