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Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:13 pm
by s.p.a.s.
Hello...

Planning a trip to SoCal and adjacent areas and would like to know if someone has information about the flight activities through the Star Wars Canyon. There was a crash there earlier this year and I am wondering if they are still using the area (assuming they stoped after the crash).

Also, seems that weekdays are better for trying it out, still so?

Many thanks in advance!

Re: Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:51 pm
by canyonblue17
I posted this topic a few months ago. Last I heard military flights at low level through the canyon had been restricted until at least the end of November as a result of the crash. They had also restricted the spotting location to near the parking lot only. A lot of photogs preferred to walk along the ridge away from the parking lot to get a better angle - I don't know if that is allowed anymore? In the past - there was rarely much activity on weekends.

Re: Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 8:40 pm
by GlobalMoose
Where is the spotting location (Lat/Long)? I'd like find it on a sectional and the actual MTR designation so I can fly it :-)

Re: Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:03 am
by canyonblue17
Google Map - Father Crowley Point - it will give you exact location of the spotting location.

Re: Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:21 pm
by petera380
GlobalMoose wrote:
Where is the spotting location (Lat/Long)? I'd like find it on a sectional and the actual MTR designation so I can fly it :-)


Try this:

https://www.google.com/maps/@36.3530621 ... a=!3m1!1e3

Re: Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:18 am
by AirFrance77W
canyonblue17 wrote:
I posted this topic a few months ago. Last I heard military flights at low level through the canyon had been restricted until at least the end of November as a result of the crash. They had also restricted the spotting location to near the parking lot only. A lot of photogs preferred to walk along the ridge away from the parking lot to get a better angle - I don't know if that is allowed anymore? In the past - there was rarely much activity on weekends.


You can't drive up the ridge but you can walk it... it's national park land, they can't really prohibit you from going there.

Probably better luck just hanging out in the Panamint Valley. The aircraft are prohibited from flying within 500' feet of the roads but if you have 4WD and go off ways a bit, there's a good chance they'll see you and buzz you. Most of Panamint is BLM so you can kinda sorta drive anywhere you want but please respect the land. :)

Re: Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:08 pm
by s.p.a.s.
Thanks for the informative posts canyonblue17 and AF77W. I might try it later in December, but nothing confirmed yet.

Re: Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:43 pm
by GlobalMoose
Thanks everyone - If you're interested, the routes are VR-1205 (spotting location between points Bravo and Charlie) and IR-236 (spotting location abeam point November).

Re: Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:45 pm
by canyonblue17
Its been a few months, I thought I would check to see if the military has begun low level training through the canyon again?

Re: Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:05 am
by wezgulf3
canyonblue17 wrote:
Its been a few months, I thought I would check to see if the military has begun low level training through the canyon again?


Low level is still restricted

Wes...

Re: Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 3:31 am
by canyonblue17
Recent rumors state the military has reopened Rainbow Canyon in California for low level flight training. Several online sources have reported spotting aircraft in the area - including one report with photos of an F-117 near the canyon. Can anyone confirm?

Re: Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 4:07 am
by Ozair
canyonblue17 wrote:
Recent rumors state the military has reopened Rainbow Canyon in California for low level flight training. Several online sources have reported spotting aircraft in the area - including one report with photos of an F-117 near the canyon. Can anyone confirm?

How about posting the links and the photos?

Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 5:13 am
by 777
Here is a link about a recent appearance of the F-117 over Star Wars canyon.

https://theaviationist.com/2020/03/19/h ... rs-canyon/

Re: Star Wars Canyon - Jedi transition

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 11:22 pm
by HaveBlue
777 wrote:
Here is a link about a recent appearance of the F-117 over Star Wars canyon.

https://theaviationist.com/2020/03/19/h ... rs-canyon/


I read the whole article, that is awesome. Does indeed seem like an F-117 was making circuits around that area recently. Very cool.