The airfield, located in Yucca Lake, Nevada, has been analyzed and is said to contain a 5,200 foot runway with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs, or drones) on the parking ramp, as well as hangers, a parking lot, a security perimeter and a special clamshell hanger used for housing special drones, called “Beasts.”
Beasts — official name “RQ-170 Sentinel” — are especially advanced drones, featuring high-definition cameras and a stealth shell. Iran recently claimed to have captured a Beast spying on Iranian nuclear activities.
The airfield is technically located on land owned by the Department of Energy, though it’s still not clear which government agency controls the base. Despite reports from the DOE that UAV as well as manned flights take off from the field daily, speculation says the site may be a secret drone testing ground for the CIA.
This isn’t the first time Google has done some unintentional spying of its own. In 2009, Google captured pictures of American Predator drones based in Pakistan — despite American claims to have no drones in the country.
An aircraft of some kind can be seen in the foreground on the left in the picture below:
Looks like another “RQ-170 Sentinel” is on the ground, just to the right of the three tower cranes.