Close encounter: Area 51 airline hiring a new pilot

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Close encounter: Area 51 airline hiring a new pilot

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13 August 2018

By | 13 August 2018

Secretive military airline that operates out of Las Vegas has put out a new job ad

In what must be one of the world’s worst kept secrets, the airline that serves Area 51 has put out a new job ad for a pilot.

Janet Airlines, which operates out of Las Vegas McCarran international airport, is looking for a new first officer to ferry staff and cargo to the secretive military base, according to an advert on AECOM.

AECOM are a private defence contractor who help “governments maintain stability and security”, according to their website.

The airline is said to fly a number of passenger aircraft out of Las Vegas to Area 51. Anyone who travels with them is sworn to secrecy. The planes carry no logos, and are only identifiable by a red band that runs down their flank.

The planes operated by Janet Airlines carry no logos – Chris Parypa Photography / Shutterstock Close encounter: Area 51 airline hiring a new pilot Group Created with Sketch. The planes operated by Janet Airlines carry no logos – Chris Parypa Photography / Shutterstock

It could be referred to as Janet Airlines because of the call sign used while in civilian airspace. Or, the name may be an acronym for an acronym for Just Another Non-Existent Terminal. It has been in operation since 1972.

The successful pilot will be expected to transport passengers and cargo, and to “ensure the safety of the flight”, according to the job description.

They must also hold TS/SSBI security clearance. This is a top secret Single Scope Background Investigation where the US government carries out a full investigation into a person’s past.

The first officer must also have a minimum of 3,000 fixed wing flying hours in-seat and experience flying a Boeing 737 and high-performance jet aircraft.

Janet Airlines is thought to fly from a private terminal at McCarran north-west into the most restricted airspace in the world – the Nevada Test and Training Range.

Janet Airlines operates out of a private terminal at Las Vegas McCarran international airport – Olga Yudina / Shutterstock Close encounter: Area 51 airline hiring a new pilot Group Created with Sketch. Janet Airlines operates out of a private terminal at Las Vegas McCarran international airport – Olga Yudina / Shutterstock

Nick Pope, the author of Encounter in Rendlesham Forest and the man who claims to have investigated UFOs for the British Ministry of Defence, told MailOnline: “Area 51 exists – it’s part of a military testing range in Nevada – and because of the remote and sparsely-populated location, it’s where various secret prototype aircraft and drones are developed and test flown.

“The UFO and conspiracy theory community think it’s the place where crashed UFOs are kept and where the US military are trying to back-engineer this alien technology.

“Sadly, despite the rumours, I’ve seen no evidence that we’ve recovered any extraterrestrial technology.”

Recently, Janet Airlines posted a similar ad looking for cabin crew to work on their fleet. This required applicants to “be level-headed and clear thinking while handling unusual incidents and situations (severe weather conditions, including turbulence, delays due to weather or mechanicals, hijackings or bomb threats)”.