Drone Video: Marc Coppell – “Area 51 Airspace Breach And …”

///Drone Video: Marc Coppell – “Area 51 Airspace Breach And …”

Drone Video: Marc Coppell – “Area 51 Airspace Breach And …”

I’m going to file this under what not to do as a drone operator. In this 12:55 long video, Marc Coppell not only takes his DJI Phantom and flies into restricted airspace, he decides to fly into the restricted airspace above Area 51. Oh, and he also includes a personal introduction.

Area 51 airspace breach and Little A’Le’Inn’s Haunted Trailer

Area 51, United States Air Force facility, a famous not so secret base known also as Homey Airport and Groom Lake. Subject of dreams or nightmares or neither? Highly guarded without a wall or fence around its perimeter. Though patrolled regularly and watched with sophisticated intruder detection, video and listening devices. Known for its testing of spy aircraft such as the U-2, A-12, SR-71 and Stealth technology. I take a trip to the dusty, bumpy Groom Lake Road leading to Area 51. Where I pull over and fly my quadcopter in restricted military airspace. I believe I am the first to do this as when I revisited after, I noticed their patrols extended beyond the base confines and there were more guard (cammo dude) patrols.

Rachel, Nevada is a tiny town in the arid wasteland of the Southern Nevada. It has a population of 54 as determined by the 2010 census. You best have a near full petrol tank when coming out here. We park and stay at the Little A’Le’Inn. We have joined Las Vegas UFO Hunters in this region a couple of times. Staff and guests report of sounds and disturbances in Trailer unit #2. Kindly one of the staff allows my family and I to run a shielded ghost box session in here before the booked guests arrive. Even the TAPs road crew had an experience here. Apparently too recorded on camera.

Area 51 airspace breach and Little A’Le’Inn’s Haunted Trailer

Area 51 Warning Sign

Area 51 Warning Sign

About Area 51

The United States Air Force facility commonly known as Area 51 is a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the correct names for the facility are Homey Airport (ICAO: KXTA) and Groom Lake, though the name Area 51 was used in a CIA document from the Vietnam War. Other names used for the facility include Dreamland, and nicknames Paradise RanchHome Base and Watertown. The special use airspace around the field is referred to as a Restricted Area 4808 North (R-4808N).

The base’s current primary purpose is publicly unknown; however, based on historical evidence, it most likely supports development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems (black projects). The intense secrecy surrounding the base has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore. Although the base has never been declared a secret base, all research and occurrences in Area 51 are Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). In July 2013, following an FOIA request filed in 2005, the CIA publicly acknowledged the existence of the base for the first time, declassifying documents detailing the history and purpose of Area 51.

By |2017-08-31T15:24:01-08:00December 4th, 2015|Drone Videos, Drones|2 Comments

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  1. mrnewzealand December 15, 2015 at 3:42 am

    A correction to it would be that my drone did not fly over the base itself (its “DJI” controller range and flight time is very limited) and was outside the ground perimeter (where one could drive up to). The government has denied its (base) existence for a long time. Though technically a rogue plane would probably be shot down. It in no way endangered anyone, any craft nor gave away any secrets. I wanted to show it could be done.

    Thank you for the extra traffic though

  2. Sam Estrin
    Sam Estrin December 15, 2015 at 1:58 pm


    I noticed your comment after writing this new blog post containing the correction.


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