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On January 26, 2011 Dugway Proving Ground was placed on lockdown. Al Vogel, a public affairs specialist for the installation, would only say that the lockdown began at 5:24 p.m. Employees were not allowed to leave, and those coming to work were not allowed in. Vogel said there were no injuries, no damage and no threats reported at the proving ground. There were about 1,200 to 1,400 people at Dugway when the lockdown occurred. It was later announced that the lockdown was in response to the temporary loss of a vial containing VX nerve agent. The lockdown was lifted on January 27 following recovery of the material
The Army and civilian employees at Dugway conduct tests on systems to defend against chemical and biological weapons, as well as tests on smoke and obscurants. They also test meteorological devices. Several thousand sheep mysteriously died in Skull Valley in 1968, with nerve gas from Dugway the suspected culprit.
The U.S. Department of Defense Transportation Command awarded Phoenix Air a four-year competitively bid $23.5 million contract on March 24 to provide passenger and logistics services at three California military bases; Point Mugu Naval Air Station, San Nicolas Island off the California coast, and China Lake Naval Weapons Proving Facility. Phoenix Air had previously twice won this same competitively bid contract beginning in 2005. Under the DOD contract, Phoenix Air maintains a fully-staffed base inside Point Mugu Naval Air Station, located 30-miles north of Los Angeles, where its pilots, flight attendants and maintenance personnel maintain and operate three Embraer 120 aircraft. These 30-passenger aircraft move an average of 220 government employees daily between these Naval facilities, totaling over 37,000 passengers flown annually.
originally posted by: HomeyKXTA
a reply to: gariac
Really appreciate this find Gariac, as well as the follow up info Zaph.
And Since we're on the topic of West coast charter flights...
Would anyone happen to know anything about the flights with callings beginning with "BYA" and finish with a three digit number?
No registration info provided.
Another one is "RTS" followed by 2 digits.
Both usually fly from San Diego(can't tell if it's the NAS in the north bay, or if it's San Diego international) to San Nichols or San Clemente islands.
originally posted by: gariac
a reply to: HomeyKXTA
Hopefully that crazy link will work. The plane is N8300F, photographed at Henderson. It is a Dynamic plane used by the US Army. There are Army helicopters photographed at Henderson, but I'm having trouble tracking them down. Too many false hits
Depending on wind direction, the Town Center shopping complex near Fry's has good photo of for Janet. You can shoot from the parking lot or from some 2nd story structure that escapes my memory. It never hurts to buy lunch in the shopping center and have a receipt handy in the event security gets over zealous in their job.
You can also shoot the Janets from the long term parking garage at McCarran. Amazingly I have never been bugged by security when photographing from that structure. The place is full of bicycle cops, but they don't seem to be concerned about photography.