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dc8jet
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If You Could Tour Any Base.

Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:36 am

If you could be given the grand tour of any military airbase which one would it be? I would pick Fairchild or McConnell because I am a KC-135 nut. Edwards would be great because of all of the interesting aircraft based there.
 
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:19 am

Area-51...

Who wouldn't ???

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:08 am

Quoting Dc8jet (Thread starter):
Edwards would be great because of all of the interesting aircraft based there.

Public tours of Edwards Airforce Base are available, information on the tours can be found at http://www.edwards.af.mil/
 
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:35 am

Quoting MigFan (Reply 1):
Area-51...

Who wouldn't ???

I think most bases you at least have a general idea of what you will find/see there. The intrigue of Area 51 makes this a no brainer for me. I would absolutely not expect to see a UFO, but they've got to have the most interesting cutting edge stuff there is to see.
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Thu Jul 20, 2006 12:10 pm

Quoting MigFan (Reply 1):
Area-51...
Who wouldn't ???
/M

Several bases are well ahead of Area 51 on my list. Id love to get access to the Japanese F-4 bases!
 
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:57 pm

Quoting YeahitsK (Reply 3):
I think most bases you at least have a general idea of what you will find/see there. The intrigue of Area 51 makes this a no brainer for me. I would absolutely not expect to see a UFO, but they've got to have the most interesting cutting edge stuff there is to see.

 checkmark  Very true. It would probably be the only place to see a Mig-29/Su-27 in the US...

Quoting Maiznblu_757 (Reply 4):
d love to get access to the Japanese F-4 bases!

Why?

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:20 pm

Quoting Migfan (Reply 5):
Very true. It would probably be the only place to see a Mig-29/Su-27 in the US...

They may have a couple of those at Nellis. I know as of last year, they were still operating Hind's out of Nellis.

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:16 am

Quoting Checksixx (Reply 6):
They may have a couple of those at Nellis.

I don't think they live there, they may operate and refuel @ Nellis, but I think they live at another location. Many of the Army's Hinds/Hips came from Ft. Polk, and spend time out west training and turning heads. A hind is an impressive aircraft to see, regardless of your feelings.

I understand, the closed US portion of Red Flag involve these aircraft that operate out of Groom Lake for realistic threat simulation.

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Fri Jul 28, 2006 6:51 pm

balad AB only because I joined the army in 1984 got into the AF reserves in 89 out in 97 back in in 2004 yet to be deployed there.
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:22 pm

Any base? Easy!!! Pearl Harbor. Hands down!!

Great base, great history, great beaches!!!
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:25 am

For the purpose of seeing many differnet aircraft and a very busy TAC base.

Davis Monthan AFB Tucson Az

Aircraft we see daily:

A-10 , EC-130, F-16 , KC-10,KC-135 ,MH-60,UH-60,AH-64

Due to storage we see alot of different aircraft come in:
B-1B , C-5 , C-130 , F-16 , F-14 , F-15


I personnaly would like to tour any active Israeli airforce base ,
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:06 am

Are you kidding???? Groom Lake....Area 51. No question. If it was a complete tour without restriction (I'd sign whatever non-disclosure they put in front of me).
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Sat Jul 29, 2006 4:26 am

I've seen a lot of strange things flying out at 51 at night. It would indeed be interesting to see what they have out there.

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Sat Jul 29, 2006 5:20 am

Quoting Checksixx (Reply 12):
I've seen a lot of strange things flying out at 51 at night.
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Did you really think we'd let you post that and not tell us the stories?
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Sat Jul 29, 2006 5:45 am

Groom Lake Facility, without a doubt. I would walk around and be like, "lets look in here, or open that hangar".

I would love to land on that long runway, brakes no way just let her coast to a stop.
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:12 am

Quoting YeahitsK (Reply 13):
Quoting Checksixx (Reply 12):
I've seen a lot of strange things flying out at 51 at night.
-Check

Did you really think we'd let you post that and not tell us the stories?

Sorry, I was pressed for time when I posted that. Well let's see, where to begin. My profession in the Air Force had me at Indian Springs AAF and out on the ranges for training a lot. As you look out at the ranges from Indian Springs, 51 is over the mountains slightly off to the left. Many times we would see lights moving and then suddenly change direction. Other times it appeared that some lights were moving at incredible speeds. Now if you ever drive out on the highway by ISAAF, don't confuse aircraft dropping flares for what I'm talking about. Seen plenty of that too...along with several hinds and migs operating out over the ranges.

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:30 am

If not Area 51--MacDill AFB here in Tampa. Central Command, and Special Operations Command..a lot of spooky things going on there. Had a tour years ago....but that was before things got really "interesting."

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Wed Aug 16, 2006 4:37 am

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 10):
Davis Monthan AFB Tucson Az

Oh yeah, great base, too much to see. Patrick isn't bad as it has lots of different, inetresting stuff transitting thru and 2ndlight usually has waves and the Rocket Ranch has to on anyone's list. The little known USAF museum on Capeside has maybe the best display of early missiles, including a Navaho, and you get to see the actual pad where John Glenn lifted off. Edwards most definitely has to be on the list with Area 51, Dryden FTC, and Mojave all right there. But maybe Zhukovsky or Monino might be it for me right now, never having been to either, and the mystique of the old Iron Curtain days being what it was.
 
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Wed Aug 16, 2006 6:45 am

Edwards is in CA...51 is in NV.

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:54 am

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 10):
For the purpose of seeing many differnet aircraft and a very busy TAC base.

Davis Monthan AFB Tucson Az

Hah, I had a good time being stationed at DM. You're right, plenty of aircraft to see on a daily basis, and a few surprises here and there like C-5B's swallowing up other C-5's tails and whatnot. And its just about the only base you'll see the EC-130 in all its ugly glory!

...TAC, wow, I haven't heard that one in a while! It's now ACC (Air Combat Command) I saw a few TAC patches at a dry cleaners a while ago, I should have grabed them when I had the chance!  Smile
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:41 am

Any B-1B, B-52H or E-6B Mercury base.
 
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Tue Aug 22, 2006 11:39 pm

Quoting 747400sp (Reply 20):
E-6B Mercury base

You would be sadly disappointed.
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Sat Aug 26, 2006 9:10 pm

Seconded.....E-6's aren't what I'd call the most exciting things to look at.

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Sun Aug 27, 2006 1:17 pm

Quoting 747400sp (Reply 20):
E-6B Mercury base

In the pattern at Tinker AFB, OK all the time. For some reason they all look very dirty.

JM
 
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Mon Aug 28, 2006 11:44 am

Quoting Migfan (Reply 5):
Very true. It would probably be the only place to see a Mig-29/Su-27 in the US...

Those are quite a bit to the east of Nevada. I am unable to say where though the location is rather well known.
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Mon Aug 28, 2006 1:21 pm

Quoting Migfan (Reply 5):
Very true. It would probably be the only place to see a Mig-29/Su-27 in the US

I've seen a MiG-23 and MiG-29 at Tyndall AFB, FL. Granted they weren't flightworthy but they were the genuine article.


Personally Edwards is the base I want to see... NASA, all armed forces plus the experimental.. coolest base on Earth if you ask me.
 
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:35 am

There are flight worthy Mig-29's at Nellis.

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:24 am

Nellis for sure or Langley.

Its really a hard choice though
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:16 am

Unless you love the Raptor, there is not much to see at Langley.

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:25 pm

Libertador Air Force Base in Maracay, Venezuela. Where else can you see a F16, a Mirage and a Su-35 side by side?

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Wed Aug 30, 2006 5:40 pm

Have a look at this link as it shows SU-27s at Groom Lake in Flight and other Exotic Birds Spotted in the Local Area!

http://www.lazygranch.com/groom_lake_birds.htm
 
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:51 pm

Not really surprising since the US bought SU and MIG aircraft years ago. Of course if you follow the link after this statement: "Here we have the SU27 with N105TB chasing it (April 2003)"...it obviously shows a Mig-29 not a SU-27.

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:08 pm

Quoting Checksixx (Reply 31):
it obviously shows a Mig-29 not a SU-27.

It could be an F-15 too, the picture is too grainy to be absolutely sure...

/M
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:07 am

Actually its very easy to tell that its a Mig-29. Shape dictates that it cannot be a F-15.

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:15 am

Quoting Checksixx (Reply 33):
Actually its very easy to tell that its a Mig-29. Shape dictates that it cannot be a F-15.

Sure... What about the shape rules out the F-15?

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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:52 am

Well, the wing design is a dead giveaway...Check
 
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:00 pm

My choice would be something different - the excellent tour of Albanian airforce bases: Kucove, Tirana, Farke, Gjader... F-somethings are all very nice (I can still remember the hype when I first saw them at LeBourget), but MiG-15s, -17s, early -21s and their Chinese copies - some airworthy - are something you won't see anywhere else today... check out Chris Lofting's pics in the db, I think they were taken on the Ian Allan aviation tour in 2006.
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RE: If You Could Tour Any Base.

Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:42 am

Any of the active Phantom bases in Japan, or Nellis during a 1980 Redflag.

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