If you're driving from LAX
, allow about 1:30 from LAX
outside of peak times. Head north, I-405, I-5, I-14 (Antelope Valley Freeway) and you can't go wrong. You could stop at Palmdale (but not much there) and Lancaster Fox Field (a few museum pieces) on the way. As Royal says, take the tour with Javier - it runs whenever he is free as his "proper" job is refuelling, and it costs $10 for 30 minutes. You cannot really walk around but you can open the van doors and he knows what photographers want. There are some vantage points around the airport, but be discrete as AvTel don't like photographers round the fence - keep it nice and that helps ensure that the tours keep running. I would recommend afternoon for both tours and permiter.
About one hour from Mojave to Victorville. Very few opportunities from inside the former base, best in the afternoon from the mound Royal refers to. The main road was closed two weeks ago so a lengthy detour from the main gate to the mound, but if approaching from Mojave you'll reach the road on which the mound is situated first. Head from MHV
, and when you see the tails hand a left onto the road to Bishop. When there's a fork in the road, keep right and you'll be on the road past the mound. Don't worry that it turns into a dirt track. You can keep going past the mound and around the permeter, but in places its soft and a 4x4 might be advisable. Again, its an afternoon airport really as far as photos are concerned. Only a very small proportion of what is in Victorville is photographable from the outside and they are VERY anti-photographers inside - so do consider overflying, its a magnificent experience!
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