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.


Hanson's War - The POW
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 84,470. Language: American English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » War & military
In Book l, Hanson's War - The Wildcatter, Islamic jihadists threatens oil wildcatter Hoot Hanson's family and his company. In this book 2, the threats intensify, leading to a family member being abducted as a prisoner of war. Hanson declares his personal war against the jihadists, gaining support from the FBI and others when the US president refuses to recognize Islamic jihad reaching the US.
Hanson's War - The Wildcatter
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 102,210. Language: American English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » War & military
The notoriety from oil wildcatter Hoot Hanson striking it rich attracts an unscrupulous attorney seeking to finance Islamic jihad in the United States. The attorney, acting as an intermediator between the Department of Homeland Security and Middle East combatants uses his connections in a failed attempt to gain control of Hanson Oil Company’s new oil discovery and resorts to violence.
EMP - Nuclear Summer
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,490. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
After four years, the EMP and nuclear winter survivors leave their underground refuge in Yucca Mountain where they battle Islamic jihadists seeking to control Hoover Dam for an Islamic State in Arizona. Global weather changes and radioactive dust from an El Nino storm forces the survivors to seek cover where some released from martial law oppose the newly established civilian society.
MiGs Over Nevada
Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 78,610. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » Acoustics & Sound
MiGs Over Nevada describes Area 51 operations where a small group of CIA personnel and contract specialists served customers such as the US Air Force, the US Navy, and numerous corporate entities seeking technological tradecraft existing only at Area 51. The book also provides a view into the recruitment of this secret cadre and how living under a cloak of secrecy affected their families.
EMP - Nuclear Spring
Series: EMP, Book 2. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 96,800. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
The survivors of a global EMP and nuclear exchange are finally able to venture out of their underground refuge in Yucca Mountain only to face hostilities with the arrival of foreign survivors. An embedded terrorist causes considerable death and ignites military action where Colonel Bradley’s daughter tests a new weapon. The survivors prepare for the next radiation storm and their return outdoors.
EmP - Nuclear Winter
Series: EMP, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,960. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Regional war in the Middle East becomes WW III when an atmospheric EMP attack takes the world back to the 7th Century except for a chosen group sheltered inside the Yucca Mountain underground complex under the command of Colonel Bradley. This mismatch of personalities struggle to survive living confined inside a mountain while under siege by a rogue army seeking their food, weapons, and women.
My Odyssey To Area 51
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 79,330. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military, Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
The autobiography of an Area 51 veteran selected to serve with a 23-man special projects team for the CIA, and how the secret life affected his family. His odyssey starts with Army intelligence in Korea, Army missiles and radar in Europe, to NASA X-15 flights, the CIA A-12 surveillance plane, exploitation of Soviet MiG planes, Soviet radar, the early stealth prototypes at Area 51, and today.

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