Did Satellites Expose A Secret American Drone Hangar In A Saudi Desert?

Tyler Durden's picture

Buried deep in the heart of one of the most barren deserts in Saudi Arabia, and the entire planet for that matter, a commercial satellite happened upon what appears to be a very modern airport that suddenly appeared out of thin air from one year to the next.  What makes the airport even more mysterious is the fact that there are no planes on site and no government claims ownership of the facility.  So, is this airport a mere "Border Guard" facility, as Google Maps would suggest, or did this satellite just happen to reveal the location of a secret U.S. military airport used to conduct drone operations in Yemen?


Certainly, the proximity to the Yemen border would make this an ideal location for drone operations.

Saudi Airport


And it does seem somewhat odd that such a massive airport, with 3 large hangars, would be required to conduct "border operations."  Moreover, while we understand that the Saudi border police are probably using some pretty sophisticated prop planes to conduct their operations, it does seem a bit odd that not a single plane would be visible at the airport. 



While we may never know the true owner/function of this mysterious facility, we're almost certain that Russia hackers are behind the leak of it's location.

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Joe Davola's picture

Don't drone me bro!

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Best ask General Colin Powell to interpret aerial photograph.

NoDecaf's picture

The thumbnail photo, at first glance I thought I was looking at a cross section of toilet plumbing...Then I read the headline about something in Saudi Arabia.

cyberfossil's picture

If Colin stumbles again, can ask his nemesis Podesta if perhaps this is the subject of that mysterious "Pizza related map" that he remains mum about while blaming the Russians in his only statements since WikiLeaks went viral.

BennyBoy's picture


Where's the Duty Free Shop?

Badsamm's picture

Loses a drone sub and a drone base in one day, when does Barry Danger leave?

Milton Keynes's picture

There are no airplanes visible because the Saudi's are busy flying them into skyscrapers.

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Milton Keynes Dec 16, 2016 10:15 PM

Those camel humpers couldn't fly a Cessna let alone a sophosticated jet with pinpoint accuracy

ChaoKrungThep's picture

The Saudi drones are piloted by American kids out of Nevada. 

BabaLooey's picture

Soetero's legacy.....


HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Dec 16, 2016 10:12 PM

Djibouti, Africa. Never heard of it? Me either until I found out my neighbor served there as an infantryman. Or so I was told. Do I believe that was the dudes MOS? No.

Is there a US military presence in Djibouti? Yes. Not that they advertise, much. http://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnreurafswa/installations/camp_lemonnie...

Of course the CIA is the ultimate fact checker: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/dj.html

But Wiki is always no nonsense: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djibouti

Txpl9421's picture

That's not a secret at all. That is the center of east Africa operations. From there units are deployed deeper onto the continent.

My mil friends have been rotating out of the for a couple of years.

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Txpl9421 Dec 16, 2016 11:04 PM

Yep. I know. Thanks for your work.

SoDamnMad's picture

And now the Chinese have bought into a naval facility in that same port.  It's going to get crowded at the McDonalds there.

ChaoKrungThep's picture

First, the airstrip and facilities are too clear. Google routinely blurs "secret" CIA areas. Aand what's with the blue tint? CGI image of non-existent base?

Second, Djibouti is the US's main drone base and it's closer to the action in NW Yemen.  

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) ChaoKrungThep Dec 16, 2016 11:05 PM


katagorikal's picture

Agreed this place is 750km from Sana'a, Houthis and the Saudi/UAE invasion in the west, but it is close to AQAP in the Hadhramaut. For example, see drone stikes in Battle of Al Mukalla (April 2016).

Conax's picture


Look, three Big Tops!  Obviously the circus is in town, and they have plenty of free parking.

Just ask the See Aye Ehhhh.


HowdyDoody's picture

There are 4 hangars, three 60 m x 25 m in a line and a smaller 45 m x 23 m one to the southwest. The main runway is ~3000 m. The original 1600 m runway now lies underneath the approach road north of and parallel to the new runway.

The hangars look like US air-conditioned hangars used for drones and stealth aircraft (to prevent the stealth coating liquidising).

The whole thing is surrounded by a perimiter road and adjacent sand berm about 10 km long east-west and 5km long north-south. Somebody somewhere has made a shitload of money shovelling sand.

There is an inner fenced compound 5000 m x 600 m immediately around the runway and main buildings. There are two ramps, one with no addittional protection (presumably for visiting a/c) and the other with the hangars surrounded by a high solid wall some 300 m x 250 m. There are also about 24 12 m x 10m buildings (for crew?). Those hangers are seriously protected. They have shit the US really does not want to lose.


NEOCON1's picture

That's Saudia Arabia's newest airport, the Hillary Clinton International Airport, with the Barack Obama Terminal.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

Where's the unlimited wine bar and golf course?

GRDguy's picture

That's what I like about ZH; there's usually something I didn't know before, whether old news or not, and some comment appears that makes me smile. Thanks ZH and commentators. Much appreciated.

ebworthen's picture

What!?  America and drones in the Middle East!?

How can it be!?  "No boots on the ground." !!!

diogi23's picture

This has been on Google Earth for years..... YAWN......

TalkToLind's picture

The Russians did it.

Snaffew's picture

BTFD...buy the fucking drone

Boomberg's picture

So that's where the US safe zone is for all the thousands of Yemeni children being sheltered from Saudi genocide. I knew the US was good at heart. All those leftist "activists" in Aleppo can relocate to Yemen now, for the children.

Golden Showers's picture

Um, that's not as cool as what also is on the Planet Earth...


Y'all need to know that there is so much more to you than what people tell you that you are.

So, do yourself a favor and chill the fuck out about your money because you're already dead. All you have is an hour glass window to look out of.

Remember: You have an eye to see the world and a hand to feel it. All that exists, exists in the mind.

-A. Schaupenhauer.

just the tip's picture

i get a kick out of some of these people in videos and in articles, when they claim this is the front line in the fight against al-queida.

dumbfucks, the front line in that fight is in langley.

DirtySanchez's picture

Fake news!!!
Drone airport front line against al qaeda my ass.
Isis and al qaeda headquarters are in DC and Jerusalem.

speconomist's picture

Actually ISIS and Al Qaeda are on the same side as the Saudi Arabian government: fighting Yemen, the woman on the video is totally wrong

Colonel's picture

"Fighting" Yemen. Talk about bullies.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Tyler, bro, glad to see we have similar tastes in TV programs, and that you too watched that episode of "What on Earth?"

For those not familiar with the show, it shows all sorts of anomalies on earth, that can be seen with space satellites.

This is why I once reported on ZH (months ago), that the Chinese have a copy of the US Stealth Bomber -- sitting in a walled yard of a Chinese industrial complex. No doubt it was Putin and the Russians who put it there.


MEANwhile in Aleppo CATZ

There is also this recent report that cats were killed in Aleppo.

#BREAKING - Activists: All residents and guests of last cat shelter in Aleppo killed in Hezbollah gas attack. =============================================

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQLu-icHCd4 for example?


Published on Dec 10, 2016

Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett exposes how the Western media lies about Syria. MUST SEE!

========== Max Webster

Here Among The Cats


konadog's picture

So that's where Saddam was hiding his WMDs. Better get the highly credible CIA to investigate ASAP.

any_mouse's picture

Maybe it is Amazon expansion into the Arabian penis.

Gateway to one hell of a cheese pizza party?

Nuke it from orbit to see who gets upset?

Admiral Josh Painter: "This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it."

SmittyinLA's picture

Maybe it photoshop airport to scare Yemeni bad guys

Fireman's picture

Shouldn't be too hard for the Yemeni Freedom Fighters to get some of their Scuds in there and return the favor.



enfield0916's picture

So, that's what the inside of Killary's vagina looks like AFTER the Saudi money has "flown into" The Clinton Foundation?!


Fuck me!

smacker's picture

The article contains no info about how long the runway is at that desert airport which would give some idea of what types of planes are using it. Is it long enough for a regular commercial/military plane to take-off/land?

Also, there's no info about road infrastructure leading to/from the airport. Again, that might give some idea of who is using it, what for and what its supply-lines are.

Luckhasit's picture

Your not taking the family minivan to work in that location, that is a government facility. 

And this info is two years old, slow news day eh Tyler?

WTFUD's picture

Most likely twinned with Arkansas, maybe Kabul for the Afghani Poppy distribution.

smacker's picture

ok, thanks. Looks like it is for drones.

Grandad Grumps's picture

The photo looks fake if nothing else. Maybe there is a base and likely bases, but I think they are throwing bullsh*t out to see what gets run and then later will point out it us fake... But they started it.


wstrub's picture

lousy acting.....

south40_dreams's picture

They need to drone the fuck out of south Chicago

Squidbilly's picture
Squidbilly (not verified) Dec 17, 2016 6:19 AM

wow...bfd...more war, moar money to be made

WTFUD's picture

. . . . but every ounce of energy stolen is costing two. I suppose when the bankrupt governments of the UK/US give sweetheart deals to their MIC's, a subsidy on the Public Teat as such, it's AOK.

lakecity55's picture

OK, ZHers, you never read this story.

In fact, you never saw this story!