Photos of Roadrunners Internationale reunion by Angella Raisian
Roadrunners Internationale 2015 Reunion – October 5-8 (Las Vegas)
Updated 19 hours ago
Our nations secret heroes, Area 51 veterans who worked on Aquatone (U-2) and Oxcart (A-12) projects in the 50’s and 60’s at Area 51 and later at EAFB and Beale, are no longer so secret. Pilots and Crew, CIA, Lockheed, Honeywell, P&W, and Air Force, veterans gathered for possibly RI’s last reunion. Lockheed and CIA, as usual, sponsored parts of the event.
3 volunteers from the Air Force Flight Test Museum attended the reunion – Bill “Flaps” Flanagan, Curt Mason, and Angella Raisian. Representatives from many other aviation museums were present also.
The photos in a large conference room are at the Gold Coast Hotel’s Command Post, which was available to the Roadunners for the entire week, to chat and mingle.
The photos with aliens are from a morning trip that the Roadrunners took to Rachel, NV, bordering Area 51, on Tuesday October 6th.
The photos of the granite memorial were taken near Mt. Charleston, where a C-54 crashed with 14 CIA, Lockheed, and USAF members on-board, in 1955. Lockheed’s Bob Murphy, who is lucky enough to have been attending the RI reunions for many decades now overslept after a night of late partying and missed that tragic flight. He went on to work on, and manage, U-2, A-12, and SR-71 production at Skunk Works.
Wednesday afternoon was spent at the National Atomic Testing Museum, where TD Barnes (RI president & CIA employee who worked on numerous Area 51 projects}, Frank Murray (A-12 pilot who discovered USS Pueblo), and Paul Suhler were signing their books about Area 51 and SR-71. See links for book info below.
The banquet on Thursday night was where Lt. Col. Frank Murray, USAF (Ret.) presentis his RI historical archives and collection to the Langley museum that houses A-12 article 128. The emcee, Roger Andersen, did a great job introducing everyone present at the banquet.
The last set of photos is from the Nellis AFB “Petting Zoo”, where enemy weapons are on display for familiarization by our troops.
1) CIA pilot Frank Murray’s book is a pictorial account of the preparation and transportation of the CIA A-12 Article 51 from the Skunk Works in Burbank, California to Area 51. Article 121 is currently displayed at the Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale, CA – Oxcart Convoy by Frank Murray
2) Once Upon A Time by CIA A-12 pilot Frank Murray, call sign Dutch 20, is a declassified account of little known incidents and activities occurring during CIA Project Oxcart at Area 51 and Operation Blackshield, the operational phase flying SEA surveillance missions out of Kadena, Okinawa.Once Upon A Time
3) CIA declassification in October 2013 released information making possible the release of MiGs Over Nevada by Thornton D. “TD” Barnes. MiGs Over Nevada describes Area 51 operations where a small group of CIA personnel and contract specialists served customers such as the US Air Force, the US Navy, and numerous corporate entities seeking technological tradecraft existing only at Area 51 – MiGs Over Nevada by TD Barnes
4) Soaring with the Eagles by Thornton D. “TD” Barnes, a veteran of the NASA High Range and Area 51, tells of the behind the scenes of his and others as they pioneered the NASA X-15, XB-70, and Lifting Bodies. Barnes was recruited for the CIA A-12 Oxcart at Area 51 where he remained as Special Projects cadre for the Soviet MiG exploitation programs, the early days of stealth. – Soaring With the Eagles by TD Barnes
5) By Paul A. Suhler – Based on interviews, memoirs, and oral histories of the scientists and engineers involved, recently declassified CIA documents, and photographs, reports, and technical drawings from Lockheed and Convair, this is a technical history of the evolution of the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird – Rainbow-Gusto-Stealth-Lockheed-Blackbird by Paul Suhler
Written by Angella Raisian
BOOKS BY TD BARNES
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