A top secret airline is searching for a flight attendant. (Source: Airlineguys)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A job posting for a flight attendant on a top-secret airline made its way around the internet this week. Military contractor AECOM posted an ad for a flight attendant. That person would work on the airline that's known to fly people from Las Vegas to Area 51 and other high-security locations.
Janet Air is the nickname for this top-secret flight. The ad calls for a local person with experience and states “active top secret clearance is highly desired.” Glassdoor projects the salary is around $60,000 per year.
“I think someone goofed when they did that cause you don't advertise like that, so someone's still getting chewed for that,” former CIA and Area 51 specialist TD Barnes laughed.
Barnes was part of a select group of people that worked for the CIA at Area 51 during the Cold War. He says Janet Air wasn't around when he was there.
"We flew in Queen Air. We had it stashed on a little building on the rear end of McCarran, right off of Sunset. We went in through a little gate right off of Sunset Road and we'd open the doors, push it out, that Queen Air, shuffle aboard and we'd take off, we were gone," Barnes said.
McCarron spokesperson Christine Crews confirmed Janet air has a small private spot on the west side of McCarran that houses the red-striped planes.
However, a lot of mystery still surrounds the area.
“Eisenhower gave the job to the CIA to develop the spy plane, and the CIA picked Area 51 as the place to do it because at that time Nevada was the west coastline of defense,” Barnes explained.
He had to hide what he did from friends and family. He wasn’t able to tell his wife about his work until 2009. Even coworkers in different departments couldn’t discuss what their day to day duties were.
“They referred to us as spooks and they knew that any day we would disappear and they didn't know anything about us cause, you know, we didn't exist,” Barnes said.
He said day to day life at Area 51 was pretty normal, sometimes even boring.
“We played poker and we put up a little three-hole golf course up there, we had a swimming pool, an Olympic size swimming pool, even had a bar with three stools in it,” Barnes laughed.
He said people didn't even really know Area 51 existed until the CIA turned it over to the Air Force.
“That's when people got wind that there's something going on out there and then they wondered what have they been doing out there for over 20 years that we don't know about?”
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