Those Secret Jets – Area 51

The Secret Jets of Area 51

By Tomás Del Coro from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - (EG & G) N288DP Boeing 737-600 C/N 29892, CC BY-SA 2.0,


The Area 51 Jets – Also known as “Janet Airways” – People are always talking about them.  Some even want to go out and see where they land.  Others joke about how the planes are nicknamed Janet Airways.  But they are real and they do exist.  Just look for the white 737’s with a red stripe going down the fuselage.  No other markings are visible from the air or during landings, but they are real planes that take the civilian workers out to “Area 51” as well as other top-secret military installations in the desert.

The fleet is collectively known as “Janet Airways” with terminal and jet services located on the west side of McCarren International Airport.  Being operated for the United States Air Force, they used to get priority takeoff and landing privileges.

You can often see them taxiing to and from the terminal from the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.

JANET is said to stand for “Just Another Non-Existent Terminal” because up until a few years ago, the military never even claimed the aircraft or the terminal existed and since they did not exist, they always had priority take off and landings at the airport.


The Secret Jets of Area 51

This photo was taken as we were flying out from Maverick Helicopters.  Janet airport terminal is on the left, the blue-trimmed planes next to “Janet” on the right, are part of the fleet of private aircraft belonging to Sheldon Adelson/Las Vegas Sands/Venetian Hotel.



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