Can you keep a secret? A classified airline that runs commuter flights to some of the most secretive government locations in the U.S. appears to be hiring a flight attendant for a service operating from a heavily-guarded terminal in Nevada, Las Vegas.
JANET, an airline so discreet the U.S. government has yet to even admit it exists, appears to have posted a job opening for a service that some have speculated transports workers to and from Area 51, a highly-classified United States Air Force facility long associated with conspiracy theories around unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
The airline is reportedly owned by the U.S. Air Force and operated by defense contractor AECOM. The job posting was listed on AECOM’s website, which runs a small fleet of aircraft out of a closely-guarded terminal at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS).
The ideal candidate must be a high school graduate and must have passed company-operated emergency and initial flight attendant training. Of course, “active top secret clearance” is also “highly desired.”
The posting also says applicants “must be level-headed and clear thinking while handling unusual incidents and situations (severe weather conditions, including turbulence, delays due to weather or mechanicals, hijackings or bomb threats).”
Area 51 workers are reportedly shuttled from Las Vegas’s airport every day on passenger jets owned by the U.S. Air Force, Business Insider has previously reported.
The website said the fleet is made up of at least 11 planes and is commonly referred to as JANET, which some have jokingly suggested stands for “Just Another Non-Existent-Terminal.” More likely, it has been suggested the acronym actually stands for “Joint Air Network for Employee Transportation.”
An activity log for JANET showing flights traveling between LAS and Groom Lake, where Area 51 is based, can be found on FlightAware.com.
There are also records for a flight service taking JANET passengers to and from Tonopah Test Range, a major airfield owned by the USAF Air Combat Command, with a facility boasting more than fifty hangars.
In Microsoft Flight Simulator (MFS), one can fly a “secret” Boeing 737-700 aircraft “as a new captain for a secret airline that doesn’t officially exist,” taking workers on an “early morning flight from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (KLAS) to an airbase at Groom Lake.”
On its website, MFS describes Groom Lake as a “dry lakebed in ‘Area 51,’ a government-owned tract of land in the Nevada desert that has long been shrouded in secrecy. Rumors abound regarding experimental aircraft testing, unidentified flying objects, aliens, and government conspiracies—but only a few hundred people know for sure what goes on there, and they aren’t talking.”
While the official purpose of the highly-classified Area 51 site at Groom Lake is unknown, it is believed to be used as a space for testing experimental aircraft and “black projects” weapons systems.
A black project is the term used by the U.S. and British militaries to describe highly-classified military or defense projects, such as the F-117 Nighthawk stealth attack aircraft and the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. The U.S. denied the existence of both those projects until they were ready to be announced to the public.
The existence of Area 51 itself was only publicly acknowledged for the first time in 2005.