posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 02:08 PM
I used to live about 3/4 of to a mile from the 'end' of the Skunk Works/Plant 42 runway and saw this and many other planes all the time.
The FIRST time though...O...M...G I was driving with a friend at the 'top' of the runway going toward Lancaster from Palmdale 90something st east
and this HUGE monster plane like nothing we'd ever seen before comes flying overhead and we pulled over to the side of the road. it was RIGHT over
It was so close we could feel the heat and the displaced air was crazy. So it goes in for a landing touches down and then ZOOM looks like it does a
90% angle straight up and is GONE so freaking fast we just stood there drooling and wondering if we were being invaded lol.
Then like 20 seconds or so later 2 fighter jets come SCREAMING by trying to catch up to that thing and we looked at each other and just laughed. Later
I asked a friend of mine that worked at Skunk Works what it might have been and he told me and gave me a book about it and Tshirt with it on there.
This would have been in the early 80s. I also somewhere around here have videos of the SR71, the shuttle on top of the 747, lines of those huge
transport planes (I don't know what they were, but like troop/equipment ones) that flew overhead for DAYS at the start of the first Iraq war, the
stealth fighters and bombers, those were a hoot too let me tell ya. I still see those actually occasionally. Man I can't even remember all the planes
I saw fly out of that place. I loved it.
Zaph when you were going by there at ave N and Sierra Hwy right at the end of the runway where you took your pics, did you see a empty lot where
people were parked plane watching? I used to be about a mile straight back from the plant/airport from there. So everything flew right over my house
and I loved it lol.
I never really post in the airplane section but I love reading what you guys say so thanks!