harvey
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Aircraft Graveyards?

Sun Sep 08, 2002 8:46 pm

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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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Sun Sep 08, 2002 10:44 pm

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!!!
 
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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Mon Sep 09, 2002 12:02 am

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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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Mon Sep 09, 2002 12:09 am

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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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Mon Sep 09, 2002 1:15 am

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...
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harvey
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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Mon Sep 09, 2002 3:06 pm

thanks for your help.
 
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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Mon Sep 09, 2002 11:43 pm

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.

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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Mon Sep 09, 2002 11:54 pm

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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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 5:20 am

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.

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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 5:35 am

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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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 5:47 am

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.
 
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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 7:59 am

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
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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 11:46 am

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


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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 1:20 pm

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.
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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 1:53 pm

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.
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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Tue Sep 10, 2002 2:05 pm

Can anyone tell me what a frive is though?
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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Wed Sep 11, 2002 12:25 am

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.

 
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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Wed Sep 11, 2002 1:32 am

I'll be there again next month on my trip to LAS ! I 'll check out VCV too.
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RE: Aircraft Graveyards?

Wed Sep 11, 2002 5:45 am

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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