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A Day In The Life Of The Victorville Storage FacilityWith a capacity to store up to 500 aircraft, it can be quite a surreal sight at Victorville Airport. The site is often dubbed an aircraft boneyard. However, there is a lot more to it than that, with plenty of activity at the Southern Californian airport. Simple Flying spoke with John Kilmer, an aircraft maintenance technician at Victorville to find out more about what happens at the scene. (simpleflying.com) More...
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I showed up at Mojave KMHV ~2006 and asked for a tour, the nice gentleman (security) told me there are no tours and no public allowed in...but if I happen to be around the back door in 10 minutes with $20 falling out of my pocket something good might happen. He turned out to be a retired air force pilot and we drove around the field in his van for over an hour. I could have just talked to him for days the stories he had, never mind the gems in the boneyard. The 'Gimli Glider' had just arrived for scrapping (after attempts to preserve her failed), he didn't know the story so I shared it with him. His stories were way better. Best $20 I ever spent.
Il not gay but 20 bucks is 20 bucks.
I live on a fly in community near edwards AFB, Palmdale Skunkworks plant, Victorville and Mojave spaceport. The Mojave desert is a pilots paradise. Sonic booms daily, constant large transport aircraft flying over. March AFB, San Bernadino, Burbank and Ontario airports all use Palmdale VORtac as approaches fixes. Lots of activities
Wow. I know this is not likely but I wonder if they offer tours ;)
I was stationed there for 8 months after returning from VietNam in 1969. Was a crew chief on F4-E model Phantoms. I enjoyed my time there, good food, 9 hole golf course and nearby Victorville and Apple Valley. About 10 years ago I was able to enter and drive around at will. No longer, unless you know someone who can get you in.
Served there for 2 years with the F106's I would go back.
'Went through F4 Phantom RTU(pilot training) at George in 1971. It was a great base and flying area. I went back to visit in Nov. 2001 and could not believe that the gov't let base housing crumble instead of selling or renting it out to the locals. I'd fly over George on many flights from LAX to the east coast and would look down at the base covered with parked airliners.