Having been to both MHV
, I'll say that both visits were very pleasant and I sure did take more photos than I had film for!
At Mojave, we came on a weekend and there was nobody handy to watch the desk AND
drive some photopgraphers around, but he was kind enough to tell us where to go get some good angles. There are many many many areas along the fence that will give you great angles on some of these jets. Really there's 3 "pods" of aircraft there, and all are reasonably easy to get shots of. Just look for breaks in the fence between hangars, somewhere where you can get your lens through...that'll even afford you good angles of the F-4 drones out there!
Walk along the railroad tracks along one of the perimeter fences, right along where the Virgin 747's are....even with an 80mm lens, you'll be able to capture these jets as if you were right up next to them. I walked along those tracks and took probably 15 photos, having oriented my body the same way along the fence. I was able to take all those photos and tape them together to form one long panoramic photo, about 8 feet long, of that whole pod of heavies..pretty cool!
Victorville is about the same, plenty of fence line you can go along. Off the base, to the west, is a long dirt road that parallels the fence, which leads to a huge dirt mound...follow it, and you can get some excellent angles of the scrapyards. The people in the development office were very helpful and very nice, there was a man there by the name of Rich/Richard (memory is foggy now!) I believe, he toured us around there and put up with our annoying questions lol.
Definately go make the trip, it's worth the hot desert drive!
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