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Mojave / Victorville Access

Wed May 29, 2002 7:36 am

Can anyone tell me how to obtain access to the a/c storage sites at Victorville & Mojave, i.e. which airports to fly into, how to obtain permission to tour / photograph at the sites?

I've noticed some nice photos taken at these locations in magazines in the past, and have heard that you simply turn up at one of them and pay for them to give you a tour - is this really the case??

I'd really like some advice from anyone who has actually been there.

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RE: Mojave / Victorville Access

Wed May 29, 2002 8:13 am

I've read that there is a tour at Mojave for like $10,but you stay in the van. If anyone knows how to arrange this I'de like to know. I've been to MJV 3 time and VCV twice. IMHO Mojave is alot more interesting!
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RE: Mojave / Victorville Access

Wed May 29, 2002 10:05 am

Went to VCV once and checked in at the Operations Center. They did not offer tours but they siad that as long as I stayed outside the Fence I could photograph and write down whatever I wanted to. The only tours they offered were to school groups and that was about it. As far as Mojave, have not been there yet. The airport I flew into was LAX and rented a car and made a stop in VCV on the way to LAS. But the easier airport would be ONT, for VCV.
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RE: Mojave / Victorville Access

Wed May 29, 2002 10:59 am

I've heard of people being giving a hard time if they hang around on the internal airport roads (but outside all fenced/restricted/private areas) at MHV.

That said, I was at MHV about a month ago...just went by on a Sunday on the drive home from LA back to the Bay Area (not that much of a detour), and wasn't hassled by anyone. I didn't spend that much time stopped, though, more like driving slowly from one point to another, then I'd hop out of the car and take a few pictures (my fiance was driving and stayed in the car), then hop back into the car and head along a bit farther.

There's also some decent vantage points just from the public roads, and possibly more if you've got a vehicle that can handle dirt roads (we didn't) -- not bad roads, but expect for branches to lightly scratch the paint types of things.

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RE: Mojave / Victorville Access

Wed May 29, 2002 11:05 am

It has been years since I walked around the planes at Mojave, but I just kept a low profile and asked the airport mgr if I could go look at the 880s (when they existed there). They got on the radio and called a guy named Paul who was kind of a guard. Paul escorted me to where I wanted to go. Perhaps he drove me in his little pickup. There were several other craft there too. I stayed about an hour and then I left.

I repeated this on two other occasions as I recall. But with increased interest in doing this, another format might be used today (officially paying a fee and getting a tour, etc).

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RE: Mojave / Victorville Access

Thu May 30, 2002 10:16 am

When I was there in Dec,the road that led down to where the 727's of USAie Shuttle were in Sep was closed. I noticed a sign near that CO 747 that said photoghraphy is prohibited,but,even though I know I was being watched by someone in a white Ranger-I wasn't approached. IMHO,the best vantage spot is by the veteranarian (sp?) office-nice cement block wall around the dumpster where they scrap planes. See my pic's at www.planepics.com and search under 'kerhaert'.
I also got a nice pic of CO DC-10's from the side of the highway!
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RE: Mojave / Victorville Access

Thu May 30, 2002 10:22 am

You can arrange a private visit to either MHV or VCV by calling the airport manager ahead of time and explaining the reason for your visit. If it is legitimate business (and no, spotting does not count), there will be no problems.

The number for the MHV airport manager's office is (661) 824-2433. Dan Sabovich retired last month from that position and was succeeded by Stuart Witt.
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RE: Mojave / Victorville Access

Thu May 30, 2002 10:28 am

Isn't there a road named after Mr Sabovich now that I think about it ?
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RE: Mojave / Victorville Access

Thu May 30, 2002 1:48 pm

Sabovich Street runs parallel to runway 8-26 on the south side of the airport, and is where most of the offices are located.
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