Thornton Barnes


Thornton D. Barnes
DOB: January 25, 1937
Place of Birth: Dalhart, Texas
Current Address: 468 Palegold St., Henderson, NV 89012
Phone: (702) 566-4168, Fax: 566-4168, e-mail:

Served ten years in U.S. Army. Served in Korea as Intelligence Specialist. Attended a total of 126 weeks in various air defense missile schools and counter-measures and counter-counter-measures training. Served in Germany with Hawk missile unit during Berlin Wall crisis in 1960. Attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill upon return from this assignment. Served with JAG at Fort Sill until discharged from injuries suffered during training exercises in OCS. Am rated 100% service-connected disabled.

Upon discharge from U.S. Army, served as field engineer and technical advisor at NASA High Range Tracking Station in Beatty, Nevada. Participated in flight operations of the X-15, XB-70, YF-12, SR-71 Blackbird and various lifting body craft. Participated in NASA’s NERVA project at NRDS, Nevada at Jackass Flats to develop and test nuclear rocket engines for space travel to Mars. Assigned Senior Research Engineer at the Flight Dynamics Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson AFB for testing of the Apollo space capsule. During the mid to late 1960’s was engaged in Department of Defense and CIA Special Projects at Groom Lake. Also during this interval, was participant in several underground nuclear tests at the Nevada Test Site. In this regard, received extensive training in drilling operations, underground excavation, geology, etc. to supplement electronic knowledge in order to conduct various DOD and AEC experiments. This training was later applied to private business ventures.

In 1970, formed a family oil and gas exploration company and served for 18 years as president and CEO employing up to 56 employees. In 1978, diversified family company into mining industry. Though semi-retired since 1988, am still 20% owner and CEO of Startel, Inc., corporate owner of 109 acres commercial property near Searchlight, Nevada that is source of decorative landscape rock supplying southern Nevada, and a producing gold mine.

Served as 1976 Republican delegate at the Oklahoma Presidential Convention, and was Delegate in 1984 Colorado Presidential Convention. Served on San Miguel County Planning and Zoning Commission at Telluride, Colorado for three years.

Currently president of Roadrunners Internationale, an association of former Air Force, CIA, and contract personnel serving at Groom Lake and Kadena, Okinawa during CIA U-2 Project Idealist and A-12 Oxcart program. Am affiliated with the U-2 Dragon Lady Association, the SR-71 Blackbird Association, and the NTSHF Atomic Museum.

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Barnes on Area 51 discussion panel for C-Span
Author T.D. Barnes discusses his military background that brought him to Area 51 on the CIA Project OXCART

TD Barnes discusses Area 51
Author Barnes participates in a Panel Discussion about Area 51

TD Barnes on National Geographic Channel Documentary
TD Barnes, joins with former CIA DDS&T discussing Area 51

TD Barnes on National Geographic Channel Documentary
Barnes and former CIA discussing secrecy at Area 51

Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame Open House Event
NVAHOF Director TD Barnes and his staff join with the Clark County Aviation Association and others to participate in a public open house at the legendary North Las Vegas International Airport. The event focused primarily on the youth of Nevada.


Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 102,610. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The wildcat well discovery of a new oil basin brings oil wildcatter Hooter Hanson's small independent oil company unimaginable challenges when he and his company become entwined with the federal government falsely accusing him of financing Islamic jihad in the Middle East. He becomes intwined in litigation with an unscrupulous attorney representing a bank taking advantage of his federal problems.
EMP - Nuclear Summer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,290. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Four years after taking refuge, the EMP and nuclear winter survivors leave the mountain where they battle Islamic jihadists seeking to control Hoover Dam for its electricity generating capability for an Islamic State. Global weather changes and an El Nino storm carrying radioactive dust forces the survivors to seek cover. Some survivors oppose their role in the newly established civilian society.
MiGs Over Nevada
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 72,960. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » Acoustics & Sound
An Area 51 veteran's account of the exploitation of Soviet MiG aircraft at Area 51 that reversed the dismal kill ratio of American air crews in the Vietnam War and was the genesis of the Navy Top Gun Weapons School, the Air Force Red Flag exercises, the Red Hats, and the Red Eagle MiG squadron based in Nevada. The author was a member of the secret Special Projects team at the CIA Area 51 facility.
EMP - Nuclear Spring
Series: EMP, Book 2. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 96,900. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
EMP - Nuclear Spring is Book 2 of the EMP series realistically depicting life post World War III.The survivors of a global EMP and nuclear exchange are finally able to leave their refuge only to encounter hostilities by outside foreign survivors. An embedded terrorist causes considerable death and ignites military action. The survivors increase technology & resupply before the next radiation storm
EmP - Nuclear Winter
Series: EMP, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,110. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
EMP brings to reality the aftermath of an actual EMP and nuclear attack, accurately depicting how a mismatch group of survivors confined to the tunnels of the abandoned Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository at Jackass Flats, Nevada conform to rule by martial law while fighting the elements of a nuclear winter, and attacks from a rogue army seeking their food, weapons, and women.
My Odyssey To Area 51
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 80,010. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » History » Military
An account by an Area 51 veteran on how he became selected to serve at Area 51 with a 23-man Special Projects team for CIA A-12 Project OXCART, America's first stealth plane and still the fastest and highest flying air breathing plane ever flown. His odyssey covered X-15 flights on the NASA High Range, the A-12, Soviet MiG exploitation programs, and the early stealth HAVE BLUE prototype.

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