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User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2647 posts, RR: 17
Posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7688 times:
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I am very interested in going out to Nellis for the Red Flag at the end of February/beginning of March. Since there will be no media days for this exercise I was wondering if anyone can tell me of possible locations to spot from the outside of the base. I see some interesting aircraft will take part like VC-10s and F-111s and I really want to catch these. I have a Canon 100-400mm lens. Any advice?

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User currently offlineDbudd From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 228 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7633 times:

www.nellisspotters.com

or read thru fencecheck.com

Dave


User currently offlineCaliSam From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7612 times:

I was interested in this as well, but after seeing some of the spots for spotting and how distant they are I'm inclined to cancel my roadtrip there

User currently offlineKarlADrage From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7599 times:

Doing Nellis from the outside has to rate as one of the most frustrating aviation photography experiences I've had.

Great if stuff breaks right, desperate if it breaks left, and you won't know who's going to do what till you see them arriving in the overhead.



Cheers,
User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 7574 times:



Quoting CaliSam (Reply 2):
I was interested in this as well, but after seeing some of the spots for spotting and how distant they are I'm inclined to cancel my roadtrip there

It can be a real hike. I did four days of photography there back in August 08. Three days I used the bus, the fourth, I rented a car. Walking did enable me to meet some friendly photographers that gave me a lift back to the bus stop near the Nellis main gate from the race track.

Gary
Cottage Grove, MN, USA



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User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2647 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 7482 times:
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Thanks for all the advice, hopefully I can go out there and get some photos.

User currently offlineBO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7411 times:

That is a cool link.
I never knew that the photographer on that site is only a 13 year old kid!
Wow, I remember when I was 13 I was learning to use film on my old beater camera..
For a youngster, he has some wonderful photos of jet fighters and shoots with an expensive gear.

This is useful for me as well as I am thinking about visiting Las Vegas and Nellis in March just in time for the final sorties of Red Flag before breaking off until summer..

Is the runway repavement at McCarran done yet?



Chance favors the prepared mind.
User currently offlineDbudd From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 228 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7401 times:

Don't believe everything you read...

User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2647 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7354 times:
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Does anyone know of any hotels/motels in the immediate vicinity of cheyenne street next to nellis?

User currently offlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1296 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7352 times:

There is a Super 8 across the street from the base.
4435 Las Vegas Blvd North
Las Vegas, NV 89115 US
-Matt



Jetwash Images - Feel the Heat!!!
User currently offlineDbudd From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 228 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7348 times:

Most people stay in the Craig/L.Vegas Blvd area and there are several motels around there. The Super8 there is very popular and has about a $50 a nite rate.

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=3...spn=0.040015,0.090981&z=14&layer=t

You can get hotels in downtown Vegas for way less...

Just depends on if your renting a car or plan on walking a lot!!


Dave


User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2647 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7344 times:
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Wow thanks for the quick replies. I thought downtown hotels are more expensive. I can't rent a car because you must be 25 to rent a car and I'm only 21. Walking is fine actually, it seems that the super 8 motel is about a mile or mile and a half walking distance to cheyenne. I assume there is nothing closer than that super 8?

User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2647 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 7341 times:
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Also, does anybody know if the F-111s and VC-10s will be there all three weeks of this red flag?

User currently offlineDbudd From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 228 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7321 times:

Lets see if this link works for you..(listing of all area motels)

http://maps.yahoo.com/map?q1=2112%2B...%2520Blvd%2520Las%2520Vegas%2520NV

Listing of local Hotels!!

http://maps.yahoo.com/map?q1=2112%2B...%2520Blvd%2520Las%2520Vegas%2520NV

If you did stay downtown..I'm finding rooms from $18-23 on Hotels.com.(mid-week)
Then you can catch buses that will take you up to the Cheyenne area and you can walk the last mile or two..(Max or the 113)

http://www.rtcsouthernnevada.com/transit/sysmap/SystemMap1-09_web.pdf

It would save you $30 a night and that would but you a nice dinner after a hard day chasing jets!! *grin*

Dave

[Edited 2009-02-07 17:24:51]

User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2647 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7289 times:
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Thanks a lot Dbudd! Looks like I'll be going. I am just figuring out final dates now. Do you know anything regarding the F-111s and what days they will be there?

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