I am going to a conference in Tucson at the end of July and wanted to add some personal time for some spotting in the area. Obviously, I will spend some time at Pima and hope to take the bus tour of Davis-Monthan's graveyard.
In addition, I would like to take a sightseeing flight out of one of the Tucson airports and hopefully take some air-to-ground shots of the graveyards at the Pinal Airpark and at Davis-Monthan's AFB. However, I have a few questions:
- I heard that the AFB no longer allows "loitering" flights over the graveyard. Is that rule still intact? If so, what about a single crossing on departure out of TUC and one crossing before landing? At least that would yield some pics...
- What time of the day would be best for such a flight in July? Since it will be very hot, I assume the best time might be early in the morning, maybe right after sunrise. Any thoughts/experience with that?
- Can anyone recommend a flight school/charter service that does sightseeing/photo flights? Preferably one that allows you to open the window during the flight.
Any tips and recommendations are greatly appreciated.