The Janet Fleet


The Janet Airline was set up by the DoD to ferry workers to and from several locations in the Nevada Ranges and various plants. Contracted out to the company EG&G, and based at Las Vegas McCarren International Airport, the airline has its own dedicated terminal building and parking area, which is strictly off limits to anyone who does not work at the sites. Heavily armed security are guarding the gates at all times. Hundreds of workers get on these flights each day and the parking lot is always packed with cars.

There are regular flights in Boeing 737's from Las Vegas McCarren Airport to Groom Lake and Tonopah Test Range/Sandia Labs. The workers there are flown in in the morning, and flown back to Las Vegas in the late afternoon. The planes are easy to recognize by the red stripe and the absence of airline markings (see photos below).

In addition to the above locations, there are also flights from the Las Vegas Janet Terminal to Edwards AFB North Base and Palmdale A.F Plant 42. At Plant 42, EG&G have their own small terminal. These routes are done mostly by Beech Super King Airs, light twin engine aircraft, operated by JT3. However we have also seen Boeing 737's flying out of Plant 42.

History of the Janet Fleet: The first Janets operated by EG&G were two DC-6 aircraft that were acquired in 1972 and 1976. Both were retired in October 1981. The first Boeing 737 was N4515W, acquired in June 1980. Three months later followed N4510W, and another three months later N4508W. Three more 737s joined the fleet in 1983, 1984, and 1986. In the early 1990s most of the older Janet 737's were retired and replaced with newer 737-200's. Between November 2008 and July 2009 the 737-200's were once again replaced with newer 737-600's, which ironically were purchased from Air China.

Below is a list of all current aircraft of the Janet Fleet, with background information and, in most cases, a photo of the actual aircraft. The Beech Turboprops, although technically not Janets, are also listed. Click here for more information, photos and a flight schedule. Thanks to our reader Andrew Campbell for providing the history information!

Minor maintenance on the Janets is done in the large Hangar 18 at Area 51 as well as at TTR. Major maintenance and repairs are done at Snohomish County Airport (Paine Field, "KPAE") near Everett, WA. The Janets fly up there on a regular basis.



N288DP-  Boeing 737-600
Serial Number:  29892/1305
Built:  2001
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, 6082 Fir Ave Bldg 1232, Hill AFB, UT 84056-5820
Registration Date:  02_July 2009
Engine Type:  Turbofan
History:  Ex Air China B-5037. Used temp reg. N892SR for transfer to U.S. Arrived in Las Vegas on July 16, 2009



N365SR-  Boeing 737-600
Serial Number:  29891/1294
Built:  2001
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, 6082 Fir Ave Bldg 1232, Hill AFB, UT 84056-5820
Registration Date:  27 May 2009
Engine Type:  Turbofan
History:  Ex Air China B-5027. Used temp reg. N891RD for transfer to U.S. Arrived in Las Vegas on June 12, 2009



N273RH-  Boeing 737-600
Serial Number:  29890/1276
Built:  2001
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, 6082 Fir Ave Bldg 1232, Hill AFB, UT 84056-5820
Registration Date:  30 March 2009
Engine Type:  Turbofan
History:  Ex Air China B-5023. Used temp reg. N824SR for transfer to U.S. Arrived in Las Vegas on April 17, 2009



N859WP-  Boeing 737-66N
Serial Number:  28652
Built:  2001
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, 6082 Fir Ave Bldg 1232, Hill AFB, UT 84056-5820
Registration Date:  03 March 2009
Engine Type:  Turbofan
History:  Ex Air China B-2160. Used temp reg. N645DM for transfer to U.S. Arrived in Las Vegas on March 6, 2009



N869HH-  Boeing 737-66N
Serial Number:  28650
Built:  2001
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, 6082 Fir Ave Bldg 1232, Hill AFB, UT 84056-5820
Registration Date:  08 December 2008
Engine Type:  Turbofan
History:  Ex Air China B-2156. Used temp reg. N628SR for transfer to U.S. Arrived in Las Vegas on Dec.22, 2008



N319BD-  Boeing 737-66N
Serial Number:  28649
Built:  2001
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, 6082 Fir Ave Bldg 1232, Hill AFB, UT 84056-5820
Registration Date:  30 October 2008
Engine Type:  Turbofan
History:  Ex Air China B-2155. Used temp reg. N649MT for transfer to U.S. Arrived in Las Vegas on Nov.10, 2008



N4529W-  Boeing 737-275
Serial Number:  20785
Construction #:  335
Built:  1973
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, P.O. Box 1504, Layton, UT 84041-6504
Registration Date:  13 February 1996
Engine Type:  Turbo-Jet
Airworthyness:  Standard
Function:  Transport
History:  First flew 12/07/73, delivered to Pacific Western Airlines 12/19/73 as C-FPWB, transferred to EG&G 02/03/83 as N4529W, with ownership changing to First Security Bank of Utah 03/91, transferred to Dept of AF 12/07/95 and registered for service 02/13/96. Retired: Last flight on Nov.7, 2008



N5175U-  Boeing 737-253 (T43A)
Serial Number:  20689
Construction #:  334
Built:  1974
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, P.O. Box 1504, Layton, UT 84041-6504
Registration Date:  17 September 1992
Engine Type:  Turbo-Jet
Function:  Transport
History:  First flew 12/12/73, delivered to USAF 12/20/73 as serial 72-0282, transferred to EG&G 01/92 and stored at KPHX until 07/92 until converted to normal 737 configuration during 09/92. Retired: Last flight on August 10, 2009



N5176Y-  Boeing 737-253 (T43A)
Serial Number:  20692
Construction #:  339
Built:  1974
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, P.O. Box 1504, Layton, UT 84041-6504
Registration Date:  17 September 1992
Engine Type:  Turbo-Jet
History:  First flew 02/06/74, delivered to USAF 02/09/74 as serial 72-0285 transferred to EG&G 01/92 and stored at KPHX until 07/92 then converted to normal 737 during 09/92. Retired: Last flight on July 17, 2009



N5177C-  Boeing 737-253 (T43A)
Serial Number:  20693
Construction #:  340
Built:  1974
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, P.O. Box 1504, Layton, UT 84041-6504
Registration Date:  17 September 1992
Engine Type:  Turbo-Jet
History:  First flew 02/07/74, delivered to USAF 02/27/74 as serial 72-0286, 09/86 leased by Keyway AT registered as N99890, 10/87 registered as N57JE by Keyway AT and operated by the CIA based in Frankfurt, 12/89 returned to USAF as 72-0286, 01/92 transferred to EG&G and stored at KPHX until 07/92 then converted to normal 737 during 09/92. Retired: Last flight on March 6, 2009



N5294E-  Boeing 737-253 (T43A)
Serial Number:  20691
Construction #:  337
Built:  1974
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, P.O. Box 1504, Layton, UT 84041-6504
Registration Date:  17 March 1994
Engine Type:  Turbo-Jet
History:  First flew 01/24/74, delivered to USAF 01/31/74 as serial 72-0284, transferred to Dept of AF 03/94 and stored at KPHX until 05/27/94 until converted to normal 737 and was stored until 07/26/94, during which time it remained in USAF colors. Subsequently repainted in 'Janet' red & white livery. Retired: Last flight on April 17, 2009



N5294M-  Boeing 737-253 (T43A)
Serial Number:  20694
Construction #:  343
Built:  1974
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, P.O. Box 1504, Layton, UT 84041-6504
Registration Date:  17 March 1994
Engine Type:  Turbo-Jet
History:  First flew 02/28/74, delivered to USAF 03/15/74 as serial 72-0287, transferred to Dept of AF 03/94 and stored at KPHX until converted to normal 737 by 04/15/94 during which time it remained in all white color. Subsequently repainted in 'Janet' red and white livery. Retired: Last flight on Jan.26, 2009.



N20RA-  Beech 1900C
Serial Number:  UB-42
Built:  June 1985
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, P.O. Box 1504, Layton, UT 84041-6504
Registration Date:  28 July 1988
Engine Type:  Turbo-Prop
History:  Transferred to Rio Airways as N20RA 06/25/85, then repossessed and stored at the Beech facility 03/87, transferred to EG&G on behalf of the USAF 10/30/87, leased to EG&G by Dept of AF 11/30/87 and registered to Dept of AF 07/28/88



N27RA-  Beech 1900C
Serial Number:  UB-37
Built:  March 1985
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, P.O. Box 1504, Layton, UT 84041-6504
Registration Date:  28 July 1988
Engine Type:  Turbo-Prop
History:  Test registration of N7214K, transferred to Rio Airways as N27RA 10/11/85, then repossessed and stored at the Beech facility 03/87, transferred to EG&G on behalf of USAF 10/30/87, registered to Dept of AF 07/28/88. Destroyed in crash en-route from Las Vegas to TTR after a stop at Area 51 on March 16, 2004. Accident Report



N623RA-  Beech 1900C
Serial Number:  UC-163
Built:  1991
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, P.O. Box 1504, Layton, UT 84041-6504
Registration Date:  05 January 2006
Engine Type:  Turbo-Prop
History:  Replacement for N27RA, which crashed enroute from Area 51 to TTR on March 16, 2004. Photo by Jim Bob, with friendly permission.



N654BA-  Beech King Air B200C
Serial Number:  BL-54
Built:  1982
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, P.O. Box 1504, Layton, UT 84041-6504
Registration Date:  30 May 1989
Engine Type:  Turbo-Prop
History:  All three B200C's originally delivered to USAF as 'C-12 Huron' configured aircraft between 05/84 - 12/84. Specifically C-12F, UC-12M and C-12R variants. With an operational ceiling of FL350 and a range of 1,974nm @ 294 kts, these aircraft are ideally situated for discreet operations within the continental USA.



N661BA-  Beech King Air B200C
Serial Number:  BL-61
Built:  1982
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, P.O. Box 1504, Layton, UT 84041-6504
Registration Date:  31 May 1989
Engine Type:  Turbo-Prop
Airworthyness:  Standard
Function:  Normal transport
History:  See N654BA



N662BA-  Beech King Air B200C
Serial Number:  BL-62
Built:  1982
Owner:  Department Of The Air Force, P.O. Box 1504, Layton, UT 84041-6504
Registration Date:  30 May 1989
Engine Type:  Turbo-Prop
Airworthyness:  Standard
Function:  Normal transport
History:  See N654BA. Photo by Jim Bob, with friendly permission.


N6583C    -   Douglas DC-6B
This was the first "Janet" operated by EG&G. The DC-6B, tail number N6583C, transported workers from Las Vegas to Area 51 from March 1972 until October 1981. A second DC-6, N6587C, flew from December 1976 until October 1981. Photo with friendly permission by AirNikon Collection - Pima Air and Space Museum


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