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User currently offlineHarvey From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 46 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

I'll be in the US in 1 months time for my honeymoon and would love to see 1 or more of the graveyards in the desert. I'm doing a driving holiday from LA to SF to yosemite to Grand Canyon to Vegas and back to LA.

Any info on what highway number I should be looking for or alternate routes would be appreciated.

Cheers from Down Under

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User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2241 times:

I wish that I could help on the highway numbers, but I live on the Atlantic coast. But, congratulations on your upcoming marriage. I hope that you are as happy after 24 years as I am. All the best!!!

User currently offlineJFKTOWERFAN From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2241 times:
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Coming back from Vegas to LA you take I-15...Victorville is off of I-15. I was there in June and it is not far off the highway. I don't recall the exit. It is in Victorville, California, the airport is called Victorville/ Southern California Logistics. If you go to mapquest.com you can get directions. If you go there make sure you drive in AND around the airport where they are cutting up the old planes. There is a dirt road that goes around the back/side of the airport which you can get pretty close to where they are cutting up the planes.


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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9623 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2210 times:
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You can also visit Kingman, AZ on your way from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. I was there last month:


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And of course, there are planes stored at LAS


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

You might also check out:

http://www.cactuswings.com

and there is also a club on yahoo.com for mojave airport, and they list various aircraft that come and gou out of storage... lots of pix too...


User currently offlineHarvey From Australia, joined Aug 2000, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

thanks for your help.

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

Mojave is north of Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert. Coming from SFO, go to Bakersfield, then hit State Road 58, through the mountains, past Tehachapi, to Mojave. The airport will be on your left as you enter the town.

Coming from LA to Mojave, go up Interstate 5 to State Road 14 (signage probably says "To Palmdale/Lancaster". Go right on 14 for quite a distance, past Palmdale and Lancaster to Mojave. Airport will be on your right.

Enjoy your honeymoon! We did Disney World on ours.

Tom in NO (at MSY)



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User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

Is it possible to photograph the planes properly at these places? Are there any fences that might block your view? Is security likely to bother you while you look at the planes? Thanks!


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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3737 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

We were in LAS in June & there were fences in the way of the UA DC-10, 737 (not pictured) & US M80s that were there (pics posted by Clickhappy), so I really don't think you can get good pics (idk how he did it). We did pull up behind where they were parked & nobody stopped us, so you may be able to do that. As for anywhere else, I have no idea.

DeltaRules



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User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1898 times:

You can go to the Pinal Air Park. Its on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, exit 232 I belive but dont hold me to that.
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User currently offlineZrb2 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 896 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

Last week I drove from Grand Canyon to Vegas and past Kingman. I noticed a couple of what looked like L-1011's from a distance but I never figured that IGM was used as a storage facility. The pics above confirmed it. My wife didn't want me to stop otherwise I would have diverted over to IGM to check it out.

User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7482 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

There is a sign at Mojave by the CO 747's , near the animal shelter , that says picture taking is illegal-I've been there 4 times and have never been approached , but I've definately been watched! My idea is to go on a Sunday. If you dare,climb up on the cement block wall that surrounds the dumpster at the animal sheter (I wouldn't try this on a weekday) and you can usually see a plane being scrapped. Also,don't try the aft mentioned manuver while security is eyeballing you  Smile
I was lucky when I went to IGM,the gate was open near the 2 TWA L's. Forget about Marana!



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User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5049 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1812 times:

How about the one in Mississippi? Has anyone visited there?


bruce



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1782 times:

Regarding Kingman, I only live an hour's drive from there...and it's best to check IGM only on Sundays. There's still 3 L-1011s there in TWA's livery. Plus a host of other various aircrafts. Some are being scrapped, but most are in long-term storage. Security-wise, the place is fairly open, but Sunday is the only day of the week I dare do any real sight-seeing there. Regards.


"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6287 posts, RR: 34
Reply 14, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1807 times:

Well the planned frive exludes MZJ, it is a long drive from GCN. I'd stop in Henderson, NV though.

I'd do this.
I-5 N, SR14 to MHV, 58 west to 99 north to Merced and spend the night. I hope your new wife loves you lots because you'll both be very tired at this point. From Merced take 140 east into Yosemite. Coming out, backtrak on 140 to 41 north then west on 120which will take you to 49. Head north and then west on 50. You will now be very tired so spend a couple days in Sacramento if you can. I-80 west will take you into the bay area (stop in Napa on the way). You will now be ready for the 4 or 5 days in the bay area. I hope you've allocated the time. SFO to LAS, just get a good road atlas, you'll find it.



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6287 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1747 times:

Can anyone tell me what a frive is though?


Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineUal747-600 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

Drove by Mojave this past weekend and it's PACKED with planes. I have never seen so many there in all the years I've driven through.

Check it out.



User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7482 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

I'll be there again next month on my trip to LAS ! I 'll check out VCV too.


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineChiawei From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 944 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

I was at mojave last week.

There are tons of plane there.

Lots of DC-10, 747 classic, 727, MD-80, DC9....

There was two Swiss MD-11 (one is in swiss asia color). CI 742-F, virgin 742 new color. Some air canada 767. A almost new looking KLM 747-206SUD (there is anothe one that has been in storage for a while). Couple Delta L-1011.

Lot of hawaiian DC-9, fed ex 727. I saw a US Air MD-80 getting chopped last week. There are one continental 747 and Korea A300 that has been put up on concrete stand.


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