Chrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2162 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7135 times:
Quoting 4holer (Reply 1): I wonder who contacted who first to get this story published?
We did a story on the increasing number of planes coming in to Marana as a Sunday business centerpiece a few weeks ago. AP picked up on it and expanded the story, which the Republic ran. Usually these types of articles are started by the company sending out a press release, or us finding some info from their stock forms, or even the reporter hearing/knowing about it.
I've been out at Marana before working on various stories and it's really amazing to drive around out there. It's not quite as easy to get in as Victorville where it took me a case of Bud Light and some sandwiches to get a "private tour" of the place. At Marana they stick an escort (with a gun!) in front of your car and have cameras everywhere.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6421 times:
Marana has an interesting mission . . . aside from the obvious.
Some of those a/c parked there may look 'non airworthy', but I know - from experience - the US launches quite a few 'black ops' from there. And the US Military has a training center there for Counter Narcotics ops.
Don't ask me why and I won't have to hunt you down.
I always found it fascinating visiting Marana . . .
Probably moreso now . . . there are, so some reports say, new planes sitting there. Which begs the question of course . . . with so many planes sitting in the desert . . . why are we continuing to build new ones?
N471WN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1583 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6381 times:
Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 6): Which begs the question of course . . . with so many planes sitting in the desert . . . why are we continuing to build new ones?
I started a thread on this a while back and folks took my head off. But I agree with you that it is irresponsible for airlines that need to make money to survive (and not all do) to buy new aircraft with so many perfectly serviceable models parked. I mean prices are so low that now would be a great time for airlines to update their fleet or start another airline (like one needed to fly from the US to Hawaii). Allegiant has this figured out and are making money as the cost to acquire their aircraft is so low.