We made a quick trip to LA a few days ago and on the way back we ventured up through Palmdale, Plant 42, and the Mojave airport. Nothing much was
brewing so decided on the fly to drive through Death Valley (our initial intent was to drive out to the Racetrack Playa which much to our
disappointment the road was way to rough for our MDX) however, we did venture up Hwy 190 and made a stop at one of my bucket list aviation sites.
Rainbow Canyon. It was hot well over 100, no shade and a lot of really hot wind. We waited for about 25 minutes and we were soon rewarded: The
pictures were taken with a Nikon D3100 and a AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED lens The time stamp in the metadata is off as the
batteries died and I forgot to set the date. Resolution was also downgraded to post. It looks to me to be the same F-18E and the second pass was lower
than the first so I may have been the pilots first time though..... Edit: The video was shot by my son on an Iphone 6S
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No other aviation types were there and that was all we witnessed. You may be better suited renting an RV and parking it at the overlook which is paved
and has a bathroom. Down the hill on the Playa is a place but it looks pretty spartan
yeah I was hoping. But felt lucky to catch anything. we had about an hour there before the family runs out of patients. The road at the base in the
C-17 pic can be driven out of from the rest area its about 100 yards and it gets you away from the selfie types
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We left the car in the lot, and walked about halfway down that road and parked our butts on some rocks. Caught a Viper or two, and a Hornet dropping
in. One of the Vipers was out of Edwards and looked to be testing AGCAS.
a reply to: Zaphod58 thanks gives me something to look into for further travelling ideas. I follow a guy on facebook who's a
radio controlled plane flyer and aviation photographer. He sent me some details on a place in Switzerland. The apartment over looked a Swiss airforce
base and he spent all day watching F-18s take off
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