America’s Secret Airline To Area 51 Is Now Hiring Flight Attendants

JANET airlines, flying non-stop to Area 51, Tonopah Test Range and other “sensitive locations” is hiring.

Janet (that unofficially stands for “Just Another Non Existent Terminal”), is the name of a small fleet of passenger aircraft operated by AECOM, a private defense contractor, from Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport.

Actually, the name and callsign Janet come from the wife of the Area 51 base commander circa 1969-1971.

Every day, Boeing 737-600 jets, sporting the peculiar overall white with red cheatline livery, fly non-stop to several key military airbases used for R&D (Research And Development), including the famous Area 51, in the Nevada desert, the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale CA and Tonopah Test Range, Nevada.

Janet apron at Las Vegas – McCarran airport (Photo: David Cenciotti).

The secretive airline, allowed to fly where most of the military and civilian aircraft are not allowed to, has recently posted a job for a Flight Attendand to be based at Las Vegas.

The job does not require any previous experience requirement and the  most interesting part of the job is the one we highlight in the following chunk of the original summary:

High School graduate or equivalent. Must pass Company operated jet aircraft Emergency Training and Initial Flight Attendant Training and maintain currency as a Flight Attendant. Must be able to effectively perform all assigned physical duties without difficulty and without assistance. Must be able to push and pull heavy hinged aircraft doors weighing up to 80 lbs. Must comply with Company specified dress code and uniform guidelines. Must possess effective oral communication skills, including good public speaking abilities. Possess basic math knowledge and basic computer skills. Must qualify for and maintain a top secret government security clearance and associated work location access. Possess a current State issued driver’s license.

So, if you are thrilled to work for America’s most secret airline on extremely rare routes and destinations, here’s your chance.

By the way, as often highlighted in the past, in spite of the “clandestine” nature of its operation JANET flights (that, use “Janet” as radio callsign) can be tracked online on Here’s just an example:

Image credit: Wiki/Alan Wilson

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.


  1. Looks like AECOM has delisted the job and removed the link. Probably because of all the media attention. I see even Newsweek has an article with a hot link to AECOM’s website. FYI, there’s more than that job with AECOM that may or may not be Groom Lake related. Go to and put “Las Vegas” in the Where box.

  2. Now Here’s something that has probably been flying out at Area 51. Pictures of a mysterious aircraft photographed by Google Earth in Florida. Could this be Lockheed Martin’s reported working prototype of the SR-72? Possibly. No, probably:×622/1197588.jpg

    Once again, more proof of U.S. dominance in aerospace technology. Absolute, unchallenged dominance! I guarantee you China and Russia have nothing like it.

    Let’s see if S400/500 can catch up to it when it flies in Russian and Chinese airspace. Remember how the SR-71 could outrun Russian surface-to-air missiles? Well, this bad boy will probably leave 400/500 in the proverbial space-dust. Catch it if you dare try RuAF or PLAN AF! You can’t. More here:

    Is this USAF’s 4,602mph HYPERSONIC warplane? Google Earth snaps mystery craft in Florida

    A MYSTERIOUS aircraft snapped in a Florida airbase could be the US Air Force’s top-secret hypersonic warplane, according to huge claims.

    “Defence firm Lockheed Martin is understood to be working on a state-of-the-art spy plane for the US Air Force, which could reach over 4,600mph.

    Google Earth images have now surfaced of an object bearing a startling similarity to artist’s impressions of the plane.”

    Impressive! US Superiority! DOMINANCE!!

    • Unlikely. Don’t forget high mach comes with a high fuel tab in the form of a lot of fuel. That’s a very small craft. Not enough fuel. If you’re right, I’d speculate that it’s a radar model, or a wind tunnel model. It’s just too small compared to those cars. A high mach aircraft will be big because the fuel tanks will be big. Every time you double the speed of an aircraft you need to increase its fuel volume by a factor of 4, at least. The energy content of hydrocarbons is pretty much the same across the board, so the tanks will need to be 4 times as large as a more conventional high speed aircraft.

      • Reports out indicate that LM has a less-than-full-size demonstrator already flying. Perhaps this is it. Perhaps there’s a reason why the gov wanted foreign agencies to see it. And Boeing just unveiled a concept drawing of their hypersonic vehicle:

        Boeing Unveils Hypersonic ‘Son-Of-Blackbird’ Contender

        “Amid continuing signs of a significant upswing in U.S. hypersonic research and development, Boeing has revealed first details of a reusable Mach 5-plus demonstrator vehicle design that could pave the way for a future high-speed strike and reconnaissance …”.

        A lot of “perhaps’es” I know, but perhaps this is the real-deal Lockheed Martin flying scaled tech demonstrator?

        • Subscale, and unmanned … Maybe. If so, I’d say it’s for acceleration to speed and not much else. Maybe reach cruse speed and stay there long enough to reach thermodynamic equilibrium. That would be a very important test point. In other words, it can climb to altitude, reach cruse speed, and enter a steady state of heat exchange between the engine, airframe, and surrounding air, and that’s it. There’s not a lot of volume for fuel in that image after estimating volume for engine(s) and avionics.

      • But…. what if the propulsion system is NOT “hydrocarbonic”? What if is some sort of “self feeder”? Remember, this is NV…. think out of the box.

  3. More Area-51 type aircraft being flown by the US. First the SR-72, now this – Boeing’s entry into the Navy’s tanker UAV competition, or MQ-25A (you might have to click on link to open):

    Exclusive: New Photos Of Boeing’s MQ-25 Tanker Drone On The Ramp In St. Louis

    Impressive and as I surmised – stealthily shaped for future mission expansion into an attack UCAV (not to mention LO refuelling). Nicely done! Now that this is out I hope Boeing provides some better pics.

  4. It’s interesting to note that within a day or two of reading this article I began noticing
    their aircraft for the first time on the ADS-B website…they’re listed as Janet Airlines.
    When using the military aircraft filter they appear as USAF/Janet Airlines.

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