Earlier this month, Foxtrot Alpha brought you an exclusive analysis of new satellite images that show the construction of a massive new hangar in a remote part of Area 51 . Now, high resolution panoramic photos have emerged of the base confirming just how monstrous this new hangar truly is. Shot very recently from Tikaboo Peak, some 26 miles from the base itself, and posted over at Dreamland Resort, these high-resolution panoramas give us a clear view of just how remote and tall this new facility is (look all the way to the left). They also give us a good perspective of the '2007 hangar' and its view-blocking earth berm, as well as almost the entire base. From these new images, and with consulting a few trusted sources, we estimate that the hangar will be between 70 and 90 feet tall. This figure would make it large enough to accommodate a 747-8i. The height of this structure may also be telling, as a new low-slung flying-wing test article would not need nearly this tall of a hangar to be housed. In fact, America's only known large flying wing, the B-2 Spirit, has traditionally been docked in hangars with low apertures, as the aircraft have no vertical control surfaces. So why would the USAF build a hangar tall enough to house a jumbo jet? Maybe they are hedging their investment to accommodate presently unknown future projects, or there is something in the works that has a fairly massive, and very much un-stealthy vertical tail. More via Jalopnik.
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