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Base Hopping 2015

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posted on Jul, 11 2015 @ 11:15 PM
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So last week, Sammamishman and I met up for a big base hopping trip. We started in Victorville, since it was close to where we met, then on to Palmdale/Mojave/Edwards for the weekend. The weekend included crash site visits to the 2009 F-22 crash site, and the SpaceShip Two crash sites.

So here are the first round of pictures from the weekend. There are a LOT more to come, and more bases to hit and things to see.

Blackbird Air Park (Sorry imagewerx!):





















F-35 shooting approach at Palmdale:



Rare Janet 737 going to the Northrop Hangar:




NASA B-52B outside Edwards gate:







Test where the hook failed, and the test article dropped to the ground:



Test article dove into an Alfalfa field:





Rest Area near Rocket Ridge:

Zoom in and you can see the nose gear doors are hanging partially open on the F-35:




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posted on Jul, 11 2015 @ 11:17 PM
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Man, that sounds like it would be a fun trip. Those pictures are awesome! I can't wait to see more!
S&F



posted on Jul, 11 2015 @ 11:23 PM
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a reply to: admirethedistance

We're off to the next location tomorrow. Three more bases to go before getting back on Wednesday.



posted on Jul, 11 2015 @ 11:28 PM
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a reply to: admirethedistance

Oh it is.


.....and there will be lots more to come.



posted on Jul, 11 2015 @ 11:43 PM
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a reply to: Sammamishman

Yeah, it's going to take me about a week to finish resizing and uploading just from this weekend. Heh.



posted on Jul, 11 2015 @ 11:43 PM
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Two of my favorite airplane guys roadtrippin' together...

Have fun guys.



posted on Jul, 11 2015 @ 11:49 PM
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a reply to: seagull

Thanks. This trip has has already been blast and were only half way through.



posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 12:17 AM
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You guys know a ton more about all things aviation than I do, so maybe you can answer something...

I live in the Albuquerque area, and do a lot of hiking/4-wheeling out in the Rio Puerco, west of town, so I've spent a good bit of time going over the area on Google Maps/Earth.

Anyway, west of Albuquerque, along I-40, a little ways North of (what used to be) Route 66 Casino, there's an airstrip. It's a good ways out into the Puerco, with only unmaintained dirt roads leading to it, and nothing else around it, but it's obviously maintained. There are two runways, but each is only about 800ft long. I'm on my mobile at the moment, but here's some pictures from Google Maps. You can see the airstrip I'm talking about in the upper half of this picture:

And for scale, here's nearby Double Eagle Airport at the same zoom level:

I have screenshots of the SunPort also at the same zoom, for scale, and of the airstrip in question at a much closer zoom, but my phone doesn't seem to want to upload them. Go figure. Route 66 casino is visible in the bottom of the first picture, so it should be easy enough to find, should anyone want to zoom in for a better look.

Anyhoo...Any idea what it might be for? Surely it's too small for any sort of manned aircraft, right? I've looked online and asked a bunch of other locals I know, but haven't been able to find an answer.

My best guess is that it's for model planes. We do have a model plane club, that has a runway further West that they fly out of that's about the same size, but it's not nearly as well maintained as this one.

I don't mean to derilail the thread, but with the two of you here, I figured this might be the best place to (maybe) get some sort of answer. Thanks!

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posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 01:18 AM
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posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 06:40 AM
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Oh man LUCKY, Im still waiting to see the F-22 in person and you guys get to see the F-35 already.

Nice F-101 catch, not to many of those anymore.



posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 06:53 AM
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Beauty! One day I hope to have some time off to go farting around here too, there's all sorts of crap to go see.



posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 08:26 AM
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Thanks for the memories. Base hopping . Used to do it for real just to get home on leave.Used to be taking a pic of a BUFF was a MAJOR no-no...

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posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 09:22 AM
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hey zaph or Sammamish,

question on the close up shots of the b52 there is a shot with markings of all the sucessful test flights doing the mother ship thing.

first of all do those markings have a formal name like ensign or something?

actual question though. there is a interesting shaped aircraft about two up from the bottom of the markings surrounded by boxes. the aircraft its self is sorta dagger shaped or looks kinda like a hammer. I've tried zooming in and can't read the markings. any idea what drone that's supposed to be depicting?

also, have fun guys, hopefully neither of you will have to deal with la traffic on the return leg of the trip.



posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 09:42 AM
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a reply to: Bedlam

Yeah there is. We have trips to project faultless nuke test site and at least one ghost town while we're out there.

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posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 09:48 AM
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a reply to: BASSPLYR

Shuttle SRB recovery chute testing.



posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 09:53 AM
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a reply to: BASSPLYR

There are several really interesting things on the side of that bird. Also they show the unsuccessful test too. The alfalfa field impact test wasn't actually supposed to impact an alfalfa field. And the one with the red flame under the B-52 making with the "TFHB" is an interesting one.
There are some bat man looking markings that have no project name on them that we are investigating too.
The history of that plane is awe inspiring. An interesting fact about that B-52 is that it has the least amount of fight hours of any B-52 built, despite it being a B model.
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posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 10:18 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

thanks zaph.

looking forward to the other pics once you get them uploaded. im about to head the same direction for a fishing trip near independence peak. any cool places to pull over along the way where I can try and get some shots for ats? i know ill be passing by china lake etc. maybe helendale etc.. I'll be taking the 15 to the 395.
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posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 10:21 AM
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a reply to: Sammamishman

thanks Sammamish,

batman like markings? interesting I'm sure ats will be interested in any findings regarding.

glad you too are getting a chance to get away for a bit and have some fun.



posted on Jul, 12 2015 @ 11:45 AM
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I think you two should write a book on the places that you have been.




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