Michiganatc
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Touring VCV, MHV And PMD

Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:51 am

This January I am going to visit Southern California and I'd like to rent a car and make a day trip to PMD, VCV and MHV for some spotting opportunities.

I know that the NASA 747-SP is based at PMD but does NASA keep it in a hangar or is it parked out in the open on a ramp? Is there still a lot of Military training at PMD? I read a previous post back in April of 2000 and it talked about a lot of military activity. I thought this was a public airport...sounds more like an air base.

I am also planning on visiting the airplane graveyards at VCV and MHV. Mostly cuz the Delta and ATA L-1011's are parked here. Has anyone had success getting tours and taking pictures? I'm hoping to get there in time before the last Delta L-1011 get's scrapped. I might be too late already though.

Any information would be really appreciated. I have been waiting so long to make this trip and can't wait! I might need to get creative in finding someone to give me a tour.

Wish me luck.

I'll make a post and share photos of my success when I get back (or failure).
 
FX1816
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RE: Touring VCV, MHV And PMD

Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:16 am

Quoting michiganatc (Thread starter):

I know that the NASA 747-SP is based at PMD but does NASA keep it in a hangar or is it parked out in the open on a ramp? Is there still a lot of Military training at PMD? I read a previous post back in April of 2000 and it talked about a lot of military activity. I thought this was a public airport...sounds more like an air base.

It is kept in a Hangar at PMD so it is not easy to see. PMD is an active military installation. It's not like it is an actual AFB but you cannot get on the place without prior approval.

Quoting michiganatc (Thread starter):
Mostly cuz the Delta and ATA L-1011's are parked here. Has anyone had success getting tours and taking pictures?

Sorry, no more ATA L1011's at VCV and there are no tours here either. MHV does have tours I do believe.

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nighthawk
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RE: Touring VCV, MHV And PMD

Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:41 am

Quoting FX1816 (Reply 1):
Sorry, no more ATA L1011's at VCV and there are no tours here either. MHV does have tours I do believe.

Mojave does have tours, however you are not allowed to take photos while on the tour.
 
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RE: Touring VCV, MHV And PMD

Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:45 am

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 2):
Mojave does have tours, however you are not allowed to take photos while on the tour

What's the procedure to set up and take the tour?
 
mastermis
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RE: Touring VCV, MHV And PMD

Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:23 am

Michiganatc,

Here is a thread and pictures I made about this a while ago when I made a road trip from LA to these places. Most of the info you need is there.

VCV, Edwards & MHV Road Road Trip (many Pictures) (by mastermis Jan 23 2011 in Trip Reports)

[Edited 2011-11-09 03:39:10]

[Edited 2011-11-09 03:39:59]
 
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jetjack74
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RE: Touring VCV, MHV And PMD

Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:25 pm

Quoting michiganatc (Thread starter):
I am also planning on visiting the airplane graveyards at VCV and MHV. Mostly cuz the Delta and ATA L-1011's are parked here. Has anyone had success getting tours and taking pictures? I'm hoping to get there in time before the last Delta L-1011 get's scrapped. I might be too late already though.

I was just in VCV about 2 weeks and there are still a few DL Tristars there, but they are far out from the ramp area and I think the best you might be able to get is the backside of the base, by the perimeter fence. Here's a few pics from our tech-stop that day:
Made from jets!
 
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RE: Touring VCV, MHV And PMD

Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:31 pm

DId mojave in a rental car awhile back...rode the fence line (outside of course) thru the desert...suggest you don't rent that buick. grin.
 
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RE: Touring VCV, MHV And PMD

Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:38 pm

The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
 
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RE: Touring VCV, MHV And PMD

Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:07 pm

If you go wandering in the desert on foot, watch out for rattle snakes.

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