LGW340 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 315 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4457 times:
I REALLY would love to go to Victorville. I want to see the Delta Tristars, FedEx 727's and other oldies. Is it possible to get any good pics from the outside? Also is it possible to fly into Victorville, if not how would you reccomend getting there? Im planning to do a big trip next year and I had Russia in mind as part of an aviation group but I would love to do Victorville desert.
Thanks Very Much
NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (3 years 12 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4417 times:
VCV is not the most spotter friendly airport but pics can be had with a little patience and a step ladder. Being such a vast boneyard many of the aircraft sitting in the desert are too far to get but depending on what is where you can get something in a good position near the fence you can get. As for flying into I am sure you could. Million Air is the FBO there give then a shout.
It is entirely possible to fly in. However, don't expect them to be friendly if they see you with a camera on the ramp - they are very anti-photography and last time I flew in I was challenged carrying a camera out of the bag (did get a few pics whilst we were "hidden" behing a/c, but very few). And of course, flying in does't get you anywhere near most of the stored a/c.
Furthermore, last advice I had in late November was that air traffic at VCV were making things very difficult to overfly the storage areas - decent below 1500' AAL not approved except for approach/landing/takeoff etc, no none-standard patterns, and no orbitting etc
PeterSpence From United States of America, joined May 2009, 45 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (3 years 12 months 1 hour ago) and read 4285 times:
Hello! VCV is really not as difficult to fly over as some people think ... when approaching I had a conversation with the controller (yes, it was dead enough to chat with him) and he said I could fly around in circles over the airport as much as I wanted about 1000' AGL. Try to fly in around sunset or maybe about 2 hours before it, the light angle is great for the yard area and the arriving traffic is almost none. The only traffic I had was an Allegiant MD-80 that came in on the radios, not sure why. If you need a flight, I fly out of Santa Monica airport and have taken many people up to VCV.
As for on the ground shots, that same friendly controller over the radios said they are quite strict with that unless you get a ground worker to take you around. I didn't care so much about ground because those planes are jammed in so close together, but the lady operating the front desk at Million Air said it's possible to get one of her coworkers to do so. It was freezing and getting later so I declined. So, walking around is no big deal if you want but not so sure about ground photos.
I know that was quite a bit, but I hope it helped coming from a SoCal private pilot who flies this area quite a bit. Best of luck to you in your trip here or anywhere else.