So Zaph, Fred and I have gotten back from our Palmdale/Edwards/Star Wars canyon trip and below is a pictorial over view of some of the sights and
sounds from this years trip.
The flight down wasn't so bad. I had a few things to look at:
I flew into Vegas so naturally I had to swing by Nellis to see who was out and about,
F-15 coming home:
F-22's coming home:
After this I met up with Zaph and Fred in Palmdale to take in the sights,
Notice the large scale construction of a RAM aplication building at the Northrop part of the plant:
NASA ER-2 doing touch and go's:
Where's Hawkeye...or there he is:
Lockheed's U-2 PDM facility at night with U-2's:
Sadly this is not a B-21. Just a lowly B-2 sitting outside at night at the Northrop facility:
Plant 42 at night.
Treading lightly is advised:
General Harris's last B-52 retirement flight doing touch and go's at Edwards:
Now onto the famous Jedi transition (Star Wars Canyon) where we learned that week that two RCAF CC-130 were to make a visit:
Some of the other player to get in on the canyon action while we were out there:
Oh, and Virgin Galactic decided to have a powered drop test of their VSS Unity as we happen to drive by on the way to Star Wars canyon:
If I can get on a stable net connection I'll add some of mine. Jedi and Palm were a blast. Had a sneak pass that Sam missed most of because it was so
fast and unexpected I jumped out and accidently blocked him in. You could just about reach up and touch the F-18 though.
The only other event that I'll comment on is some VERY interesting radio chatter going on with Joshua (local ATC callsign) that opened a few rabbit
edit on 7/28/2018 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)
iv been looking at scanners, i was messing around on the jet the other day with the radio and its just fun listing in to various calls, mundane most
of the time but there is the occasional diamond in the rough. My family is friends with the people who used to own HARRIS communications and i have
seen some pretty neat gear.
its funny you see them testing stuff on the side of the road and the roof of the building looks like if they put one more antenna up it will cave
you should bring a mini cassette recorder next time, for your own records and memories of course.
on our way to a JRT, we broke in St. Joe MS. for a day. So when our C-130 crew was flying into Sierra Vista AZ, they had to do the low levels on the
way in, and didn't have time to drop us off. So we got to ride along on the best roller coaster ride evah. It felt and looked like what your
pictures show. Made me appreciate my air frame that much more. Glad you all had fun and everyone behaved.
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