Callsigns used in Dreamland Missions (Area 51, TTR, NTTR)


The following is a list of radio callsigns used in the Dreamland airspace (NTTR and surrounding MOAs). Aircraft include flights out of Area 51 and TTR, as well as various other locations such as Edwards AFB, Travis AFB (tankers) and others. My logs only go back to 2019, so where "first heard" shows a month in 2019 the callsign may be in use much longer.

Last updated: 06/13/2024

Callsign colors: Area 51/60's Ranges || TTR/70's Ranges || AAR/MOA || Edwards / Plant 42 || NNSS || China Lake || Misc./Unknown; Underlined: Controllers

CallsignNotesLast heardFirst heard
Acme 1-3German Tornado IDS in R-4807A04/2104/21
Acme 5German tanker in Reveille MOA04/2104/21
Apollo 11,12British jets operating in EW ranges, from TTR07/23mid-2000's
Arris 40KC-46A from Edwards AFB07/2204/22
Arris 10C-17A from 412FLTS, Edwards AFB in R-250809/2209/22
Baca 92Probably a B-2, from Edwards or Palmdale01/2101/21
Baja 21Tanker in Reveille MOA08/2008/20
BanditGroom adversary F-16 during proficiency training12/2012/20
BandogAWACS in eastern R-2508 during Black Flag exercise09/2309/23
Bandy 13, 14Aircraft from TTR talking to Ranch House07/1907/19
Bany 21Mission aircraft from TTR with Strike 0104/2204/22
Basker 42,63Drops at Chicken DZ, flying from TTR09/2109/21
Bat 11Tanker from 174th ARS, IA ANG (62-3566)09/2009/20
Bird DogNNSS Air Space Controller06/2410/07
Bird Light?Airborne? Controlling UAV in Pack Rat Canyon and Chicken DZ, based at TTR?02/2102/21
Blond GirlR-4807A Airspace Controller, based at TTR06/2406/08
BloodhoundAirborne command center and data gathering phatform during Black Flag exercise09/2309/23
BluebirdMOA Airspace Controller (AAR, drops)03/2406/08
Bob 1-3N654BA?, N661BA?, N662BA from TTR, 60's ranges and Desert MOA09/2309/23
Bolt 1,2Exercise Aircraft, practice approach TTR04/2108/20
Bolt 1-6F-35A from 422 TES, Nellis AFB and 31st TES, Edwards AFB with Death 7205/2202/21
BreachAirborne Mission Controller10/2307/19
CatalinaArea 51 test controller/monitor?08/2108/21
Chaco 11, 12From China Lake talking to Ranch House07/1907/19
Chaos 1EA-18G from VX-9, operating from TTR03/2203/22
Chopper 61,62Mission in 4806W with Predator, Crazy05/2105/21
Choppy 44Prop plane from TTR flying racetracks in Coyote Charlie MOA02/2302/23
Coffee TreeR-4806W Airspace Controller based at Area 51 (controls WTR)06/2405/19
Condor 92B-2 from Whitman AFB05/1905/19
ControlArea 51 Approach/Departure07/23?
Copper 04Tanker from AZ ANG with Knight 20,2103/2403/21
CorvetteSystem in the back of Sabre 4106/2106/21
Coso 11Aircraft doing air-ground strike mission in EW range or R-480707/2307/23
Coso 52Aircraft from TTR12/2012/20
Coso 51Aircraft doing air-ground strike mission in EW range or R-480710/2310/23
Coso 61Aircraft from Edwards in R-4807A07/2007/20
Crazy 81,82Mission in 4806W with Predator, Chopper05/2105/21
DaggerF-117 Crew chief or technicians03/2406/21
Dagger 99Configurable command testbed (#11-3013) from Henderson Executive
likely related to Tron flight during Black Flag; orbits over TTR and Goldfield
09/2309/23
DarkstarGroom AWACS during proficiency dogfight07/2312/20
Death nnB-2 from Whiteman AFB06/2407/19
Dragon 1,2,3Aircraft out of TTR, maneuvering (Brits)06/1905/19
DreamlandDreamland Air Space Check-in06/242003?
Energy nnNNSA Aircraft (ENRGY)11/2010/07
Extender nnTanker from Travis AFB09/2302/20
GearboxArea 51 tower for mission aircraft06/2409/19
Ghost nnTanker from 370th FLTS, Edwards AFB10/2306/19
GodfatherTTR (EW Range?) Mission Controller07/2310/17
Greyhound 1N654BA out of TTR in Range 71&76; calibration runs before mission;
also: N661BA in X-Ray MOA and N662BA in R-2508
08/2306/08
GrizzlyArea 51 Security? Controller07/2110/19
GopherGroom mission technicians02/2302/23
GroundhogArea 51 Tower for chase/mission aircraft06/2407/19
Gucci 32,99KC-10A, 60th AMW, Travis AFB, CA01/2409/21
Hobo 01N654BA flying E-W racetracks in Reveille MOA08/2308/23
Husker 55Tanker from Lincoln, NE refueling Jester 61 in EC South08/2109/20
Impac 71-73Drops at Chicken DZ & Keno DZ, operating from TTR09/2309/20
Indy 51F-22 from Edwards AFB (#08-4159, 27th FS)07/2007/20
Iron 91Mission aircraft with Ramrod02/2302/23
Jester nnF-35 from Edwards AFB (461st Flight Test Squadron)10/2302/19
JackalUnknown, during Black Flag09/2309/23
Juliet 41N99NG registered to Northrop Grumman, chase plane for Romeo07/1907/19
Killer 52,53F-22? from Nellis, with Sour 5504/2104/21
Kite 61,62German Learjets (owned by GFD, Aerial target simulation) in 70's ranges; controller Loki; with Shock 31-3302/2302/23
Knight nnF-117A from TTR06/2407/19
Knight 01F-117A from TTR, #83-0807, mission with Sabre 01 from Groom08/2308/23
Lehi nnB-2 from Plant 42 in Palmdale maneuvering at different roll/pitch/speed07/2112/19
LokiGerman controller for Kite flight02/2302/23
Lone StarController f. Shiner 40, RC-135W from Beale AFB during VX-9 mission03/2204/21
Medusa 89KC-46A from Altus AFB, OK refueling VX-9 "Vampires" during night exercise08/2108/21
Mig nAircraft from Area 51 in RF 22-307/2207/22
Mongus 1HH-60G #05-27046 from the 422 TES Nellis10/2110/21
MustangJoint Terminal Attack Controller (simulated weapons drop)07/2303/21
Mullet 01,02Aircraft from China Lake01/2001/20
Oger 1Test aircraft from Area 51, different roll and pitch12/2005/20
OutlawArea 51 Mission Controller03/2405/20
Predator 41Mission with Knight/Sabre in 4807A05/2205/22
Predator 61,62Mission in 4806W with Crazy, Chopper05/2105/21
ProjectMission controller, Dragon 1+2 (British)06/1906/19
Quake 11-13Test aircraft from TTR07/1907/19
RainbowArea 51 Helicopter Control06/2404/19
RamrodNTTR Master Mission Controller / SOF?, based at TTR06/2406/08
Ranch HouseTTR Mission Controller07/1910/17
Rancher 1,2,3Area 51 ground system? to Outlaw, Gordo7107/2205/20
Raptor nnF-22A, 422 TES, Nellis AFB or Edwards AFB10/2304/21
Rat 41Test aircraft out of Area 5105/1905/19
Rat 55USAF NT-43A (#73-1155), airborne IR and radar test bed operating out of Area 5110/2008/20
Raven 91/92Probably V-22 Ospreys03/0803/08
Rearm 72B-2 in night mission in NTTR06/2403/24
Reaper 99N99NG (testbed for B-21) operating from Plant 4212/2209/22
Red Horse 01Army UAV from Fort Irwin talking to Dreamland & Bird Dog
entering R-4809A, then transitioning to mission area in R-4808C
06/2406/24
Rico 92B-2 from Whiteman AFB07/2004/20
Rogue 11,12Vis.conf. took off from TTR, F-15 sized jets, classic wings, came from "canyons"11/1911/19
RomeoTest aircraft, likely Northrop (B-21??), referencing target/test points "Tango"07/1907/19
Sabre 01,02,03Groom F-16D in R-4806W, Caliente MOA; mission/proficiency flight06/2406/08
Sabre 01Groom F-16D, #88-0152, mission with Knight 0105/2408/23
Sabre 21Aircraft in 60's ranges talking to Grizzly04/2010/19
Sabre 22Aircraft in MOA on VHF02/2302/23
Sabre 3nArea 51 Chopper06/2404/19
Sabre 4nArea 51 Mission or Chase aircraft (N654BA as Sabre 41)06/2406/19
Sabre 5nArea 51 Mission aircraft05/2208/20
Sabre 6nArea 51 chase aircraft in 4808A06/2409/19
Sabre 69Area 51 mission aircraft in 4808A06/2409/19
Sabre 7nArea 51 chase or mission aircraft in MOA/70's ranges04/2412/19
Sabre 8nArea 51 mission aircraft10/2312/21
Sabre 9xArea 51 chase or mission aircraft07/2206/19
Sabre 98Frequently used by RATT55 (N165W, radar test bed)03/2406/19
Scan 04,05Two modified Bombardier CRJ7 registered to Northrop (N804X, N805X); Avionics test beds02/2102/21
Selfie 1AirTec DC-3 C-GOOU flying tight patterns over Area 51 and TTR08/2008/20
Shiner 40RC-135W from Beale AFB during VX-9 radio mission; with controller Lone Star03/2203/22
Shock 01Weapons drop at Chicken DZ (A-10 from 422 TES?)09/2109/21
Shock 31-33GAF Eurofighters from TLG-31 in 70's ranges; controller Thor02/2302/23
Sierra 98,99Tanker from Travis AFB / Fairchild AFB03/2406/08
Skull 36Unknown type aircraft landing at Groom03/2403/24
Slayer 01,02F/A-18 or EA-18G from VX-9, China Lake03/2212/21
Sniper 31-42F-5N fr.VMFT-401 (USMC Aggressors) at TTR10/2110/21
Sour 55From Edwards, with Killer 52, 5304/2104/21
StagecoachArea 51 Ground Test Controller08/2103/20
Stoke 11Aircraft out of TTR; jumps (Chicken DZ)10/2109/21
Storm 51Mission aircraft (F-35B, 461st FLTS, Edwards AFB, tail #168313)04/1904/19
Strike nnF-15E's (from 422TES, Nellis AFB) with Blond Girl02/2404/22
Swan 61-63Test aircraft (61 and 62 from Area 51, 63 from Nellis, "Raptor 1" on Dreamland freq07/1905/19
TahoeArea 51 mission controller (with Sabre 81-83)10/2312/21
Tahoe 31Tanker in Reveille MOA02/2402/24
ThorGerman controller for Shock flight02/2302/23
Thunder 11,132x EA-18G fr.VAQ-135, NAS Whidbey Island09/2109/21
Thunder 92B-2 from Whiteman AFB01/2109/20
Tiger 11,12,72B-2 from Whiteman AFB, weapons test or drop in R-4809A08/2307/20
Toga 79Tanker during exercise02/2108/20
Tron 01-06F/A-18 from TTR during Black Flag09/2309/23
Ugly 21Area 51 chopper flying mission in R-4807A11/2011/20
UnclogArea 51 WTR Mission Controller06/2405/19
Utah 81Tanker (191st ARS, UT ANG) refueling Raptor 109/2304/19
Vampire nnF/A-18 or F-35C of VX-9, China Lake06/2406/08
Viking 51F-22 from Edwards AFB in EC South09/2009/20
Viper 1,2F-16's from 422 TES, Nellis AFB02/2408/20
WizardR-4806W Mission Controller06/2404/20
Workout 11,12Mission in R-4807A or northern MOA, "Music on, music off"08/2308/23
Xray 05N99NG (Northrop) from Plant 42 with Ramrod06/2206/22
YukonUnknown, during Black Flag; ground radar or AWACS?09/2309/23
ZagsKC-135 from 116th ARS, WA ANG in AR-641 and Reveille MOA10/2306/21


Area 51 Callsigns

Before 02/2021 aircraft talking to Area 51 tower or control used an alternate call sign. There were two "call signs of the month," one for Janets and one for mission aircraft. Both call signs changed every month. Since 02/01/2021 these alternate call signs are no longer used. Janets now identify as "Janet" on the Area 51 tower frequency and most Area 51 mission aircraft now use the "Sabre" call sign. For historic purposes below is a list of alternate call signs used in the past.

MonthArea 51 JanetsArea 51 Mission
02/2021 and laterJanetSabre
01/2021RainyCappy
12/2020CherryGrinch
11/2020BerryBoiler
10/2020AcornPetty
09/2020LinerDoctor
08/2020SoonerZippy
07/2020TitanFreedom
06/2020LillyOscar
05/2020ArcherGordo
04/2020RobinHawk
03/2020WillowStage?
02/2020RangerOscar
01/2020LionBeerat
12/2019WinduBuddy
11/2019DataGravy
10/2019YodaScary
09/2019SuluDoctor
08/2019PadameDoctor?
07/2019KyloFreedom
06/2019McCoyBotox
05/2019VaderHawk
04/2019ScottyKeeper
03/2019Dooku
02/2019Ryker
01/2019Jabba


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