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SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 4:49 pm

This thread will be centered around the general movement of airliners in/out of storage, maintenance, paint, etc. from the 3 major boneyards in Southern California: Mojave Air & Space Port (MHV/KMHV), Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV/KVCV), and San Bernardino Airport (SBD/KSBD). However, it is not limited to those 3 airports. I have compiled a spreadsheet of aircraft in storage at these 3 airports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which I am linking below. The spreadsheet will be the one labeled 'VCV/SBD Storage COVID19'. In addition, the one labeled '737MAX at VCV' provides a list of all UNDELIVERED 737MAX stored at VCV. I often make trips out to VCV, and photo updates can be found on my Instagram (@socal.spotters). Mods, please advise if any changes need to be made, this is my first time creating a new topic.

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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 4:58 pm

Boeing Corporate 737-700BBJ N839BA flying out of VCV sometime next week per the comment on this post.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_xMkEVBbif/
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 5:01 pm

Oman Air 737MAX8 A4O-ML flying in for storage as BOE934 from BFI. First Oman Air 737MAX8 at VCV, should be landing on runway 17.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/a4o-ml
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 5:22 pm

Interesting video-
https://youtu.be/zIbXai0l174
 
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 5:39 pm

Great video. What airport is this guy flying out of?
 
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 5:47 pm

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Great video. What airport is this guy flying out of?


WHP, his route is previewed at the 1:03 mark
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 5:49 pm

NASA Gulfstream 3 N802NA conducted several missed approaches at VCV, and now has landed.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N802NA

EDIT: It has now taken off

https://www.flightradar24.com/NASA802/24729109
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 5:57 pm

Any info on when Air India's VT-ALW will leave SBD ? When will VT-ALV take it's place there ?

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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 5:59 pm

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Any info on when Air India's VT-ALW will leave SBD ? When will VT-ALV take it's place there ?

Thanks

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I've seen reports that both will be delivered circa July 2020. I will definitely be on the look out and will try to catch them. I don't know when VT-ALV will join, sorry. I am keeping an eye on it though, and will post on the forum when I know anything more.

EDIT: Note that these are GOVERNMENT aircraft, so they are way less predictable in every aspect.
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 6:08 pm

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The777Man wrote:
Any info on when Air India's VT-ALW will leave SBD ? When will VT-ALV take it's place there ?

Thanks

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I've seen reports that both will be delivered circa July 2020. I will definitely be on the look out and will try to catch them. I don't know when VT-ALV will join, sorry. I am keeping an eye on it though, and will post on the forum when I know anything more.

EDIT: Note that these are GOVERNMENT aircraft, so they are way less predictable in every aspect.


Thanks for your reply! Just a request on your excellent spreadsheet; have separate tabs for SBD and VCV at the bottom. Will be a lot easier to find things quickly.

Thank you!

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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 6:11 pm

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VCVSpotter wrote:
The777Man wrote:
Any info on when Air India's VT-ALW will leave SBD ? When will VT-ALV take it's place there ?

Thanks

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I've seen reports that both will be delivered circa July 2020. I will definitely be on the look out and will try to catch them. I don't know when VT-ALV will join, sorry. I am keeping an eye on it though, and will post on the forum when I know anything more.

EDIT: Note that these are GOVERNMENT aircraft, so they are way less predictable in every aspect.


Thanks for your reply! Just a request on your excellent spreadsheet; have separate tabs for SBD and VCV at the bottom. Will be a lot easier to find things quickly.

Thank you!

The777Man


Ok, I'll try to do that soon, juggling my love for airplanes with my APs :cry:

EDIT: I have kept the spreadsheet where the aircraft at VCV and SBD are combined, and have added 2 new spreadsheets at the bottom that are titled 'VCV Storage COVID19' and 'SBD Storage COVID19' that separate the aircraft into their respective airports.
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 6:13 pm

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic six Interjet Airbuses have been parked at a rather non-traditional SoCal boneyard, Chino (CNO) as follows:
A321s XA-TEA, XA-PAT, XA-ZEN
A320s XA-WAB XA-JAV XA-VCT
 
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 6:40 pm

Yesterday, Western Global MD-11F N435KD flew out of MHV to rejoin the fleet. Was stored at MHV on December 25, 2019.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n435kd
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 7:29 pm

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VCVSpotter wrote:
EDIT: I have kept the spreadsheet where the aircraft at VCV and SBD are combined, and have added 2 new spreadsheets at the bottom that are titled 'VCV Storage COVID19' and 'SBD Storage COVID19' that separate the aircraft into their respective airports.


Nice work on the spreadsheet, thanks for the valuable information!
 
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 7:43 pm

Thank you for all of the kind words regarding the spreadsheet :D
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 7:51 pm

Any planes stored at Palmdale?
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 7:54 pm

Looks like before landing at VCV, Oman Air 737MAX8 A4O-ML completed at least 7 go arounds (see 1st link below) :shock: Interesting to note that A4O-ML is NOT painted in the Oman Air livery, but in the Boeing livery (see 2nd link below). However, it parked near the paint facilities, could it be here for paint and not storage?? :confused:

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... l#24729f4d
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 04, 2020 7:59 pm

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Any planes stored at Palmdale?


Not to my knowledge.
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 05, 2020 4:17 am

Interesting that they would move ex Qantas 747-400 VH-OJL (now registered N953JM) from the central area of the airport where it was slowly rotting away to the more 'active' area of the airport, in front of one of the Boeing hangers. Anyone know exactly why? The last time an aircraft that was destined for definite scrap (or so it seemed) was moved back to the 'active' area, it was ex Cathay Pacific Cargo 747-200F B-HMD which was repainted for a movie prop in TENET. Wonder if something like that is going on......highly doubt that it's for re-entry into service (for any carrier) at the moment due to the obvious COVID-19 situation.

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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 05, 2020 9:48 am

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Interesting that they would move ex Qantas 747-400 VH-OJL (now registered N953JM) from the central area of the airport where it was slowly rotting away to the more 'active' area of the airport, in front of one of the Boeing hangers. Anyone know exactly why? The last time an aircraft that was destined for definite scrap (or so it seemed) was moved back to the 'active' area, it was ex Cathay Pacific Cargo 747-200F B-HMD which was repainted for a movie prop in TENET. Wonder if something like that is going on......highly doubt that it's for re-entry into service (for any carrier) at the moment due to the obvious COVID-19 situation.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_yk_-yngDO/


Thank you for posting this, I paid a visit to your airport week before last and watched them tow that plane into the hangar. They had one hell of a time too as it took several attempts to get it in there. It was as if they were training the tug operator back and fourth in and out several times. I too was wondering why such an old relic was being resurected. The ECO 777 was a nice sight..
 
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 05, 2020 9:50 am

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Any planes stored at Palmdale?


I visited last week, there are no stored planes at Palmdale. Even the outdoor aviaiton museum was closed out along the highway..I also paid a visit to MHJ nice to see the Virgin Orbital 744 being prepped.
 
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 05, 2020 3:30 pm

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Interesting that they would move ex Qantas 747-400 VH-OJL (now registered N953JM) from the central area of the airport where it was slowly rotting away to the more 'active' area of the airport, in front of one of the Boeing hangers. Anyone know exactly why? The last time an aircraft that was destined for definite scrap (or so it seemed) was moved back to the 'active' area, it was ex Cathay Pacific Cargo 747-200F B-HMD which was repainted for a movie prop in TENET. Wonder if something like that is going on......highly doubt that it's for re-entry into service (for any carrier) at the moment due to the obvious COVID-19 situation.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_yk_-yngDO/


Thank you for posting this, I paid a visit to your airport week before last and watched them tow that plane into the hangar. They had one hell of a time too as it took several attempts to get it in there. It was as if they were training the tug operator back and fourth in and out several times. I too was wondering why such an old relic was being resurected. The ECO 777 was a nice sight..


Thank you for the info, every little bit helps when your trying to get down to the bottom of when/why they're doing this! :D Here's a pic of the ecoDemonstrator 772 to brighten everybody's morning https://www.instagram.com/p/B0ha4gXhAQX/
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 05, 2020 3:35 pm

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I also paid a visit to MHJ nice to see the Virgin Orbital 744 being prepped.

On the topic of the Virgin Orbit 744, looks like first full demo launch may happen soon, hopefully they'll announce when it departs MHV like they did with their cryogenic captive carry flight.

https://twitter.com/Virgin_Orbit/status ... 2239908864
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 05, 2020 4:45 pm

SwiftAir 737-400 N313XA inbound to VCV, will leave at 11:40AM as WQ3514

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n313xa
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/wq3514
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 05, 2020 5:13 pm

ANA is delaying the delivery of 13 aircraft, due to be delivered in the first half of the fiscal year to the second half. Important to note that two 787-9s for ANA are near delivery and will definitely have to be delayed:
LN1003 ANA 787-9 JA???A Pre Flight Prep at PAE
LN1023 ANA 787-9 JA???A Scheduled for Final Assembly at PAE

These aircraft may be stored at VCV, ANA did send their 777F (JA771F) to VCV, as well as some of their 777-300ERs (although that was for cabin fitting). It will be interesting to see where they are stored.

Source: https://airlinegeeks.com/2020/05/05/all ... -aircraft/
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 05, 2020 6:23 pm

Thinking about going back up to VCV and SBD this week or next to take some pictures. How are you all getting pictures through or above the fence? I hate that pics I've taken in the past all have fence in them. I wish I could fly my drone up there. Would definitely get some great shots.
 
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 05, 2020 6:51 pm

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Thinking about going back up to VCV and SBD this week or next to take some pictures. How are you all getting pictures through or above the fence? I hate that pics I've taken in the past all have fence in them. I wish I could fly my drone up there. Would definitely get some great shots.


I have a Nikon D3500 with a 70-300mm lens, and very creative thinking lol. Finding the right spots and just WALKING around or driving VERY SLOWLY (obviously while being safe) is key. That way you notice the tiniest alleys or areas to take a shot with just the right perspective. Be nice, you can smile and wave to security/workers (if you want) and they'll be chill with you taking pics, with the exception of one area which is closed off for General Atomics (link to that spot below) For VCV, I mainly take pics through the fence, the last time I used a ladder there was over a year ago. Here are a few main spots you can shoot from at VCV:

You can dm me (and this goes for anyone on A.net) on @socal.spotters for more specific info.

Don't shoot here if there's security (sometimes there's none and you'll be ok) This parking lot is adjacent to the General Atomics hanger (the one on the west corner of the parking lot) and they even modified the fence with metal slats so you can't shoot in. You can shoot stuff in the Boeing area, but I'd stay out of this parking lot if there is visible security (which sometimes there is because they have drones outside at times): https://www.google.com/maps/@34.5829662 ... a=!3m1!1e3

Here's some general spots that are good to shoot from at VCV:
Aerospace Drive: https://www.google.com/maps/@34.580047, ... a=!3m1!1e3
Parking Lot Here: https://www.google.com/maps/place/U.S.+ ... 17.3787773
Next to the tower: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Worle ... 17.3750368
End of Readiness St: https://www.google.com/maps/@34.5911982 ... a=!3m1!1e3
Aviation Drive (manageable dirt road, gives an overview of the airport): https://www.google.com/maps/@34.5977372 ... a=!3m1!1e3
Corner of Alert and N Perimeter: https://www.google.com/maps/@34.6001639 ... a=!3m1!1e3
Gateway Dr. on the back end of Snapple (this is where most of the shots of all of the DL airliners lined up are taken): https://www.google.com/maps/place/DR+PE ... 17.3957979
Dirt Road (preferably get an SUV, take Coulsa off the 395 and turn right onto Helendale): https://www.google.com/maps/@34.6060126 ... a=!3m1!1e3

Spots for SBD:
Parking lot off of S Leland Norton Way (park here, then on the edge of the parking lot facing the runway there'll be a green electrical box. Stand on it to get a good shot of something coming in. If Stater Bros security car comes around, say you're here for the planes. Then they won't care. Police/SBD security don't care if you're here (at SBD): https://www.google.com/maps/@34.6060126 ... a=!3m1!1e3
Parking lot of SBD fire, you'll be ok just get the shots and then go: https://www.google.com/maps/@34.6060126 ... a=!3m1!1e3
Great place to chill and take it in if it's open, if not, try the adjacent lot: https://www.google.com/maps/@34.6060126 ... a=!3m1!1e3

SBD is undergoing a lot of construction right now on the far eastern corner of the airport so the spotting situation over there is always changing, best to use common sense, but I think that these spots will mostly be good enough. Let me know if anything is unclear/if you have questions, and good luck. Spotting at these airports may be sad, but it's also one of the most diverse places regarding airline/aircraft types.
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 05, 2020 6:57 pm

Another great source that mainly reiterates what I've said
https://www.spotterguide.net/planespott ... -vcv-kvcv/
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 05, 2020 9:28 pm

Coulson C-130 N130FF flew MCC-SBD today, with a rare arrival on runway 24 at 11:56AM local.

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Tue May 05, 2020 9:46 pm

24 arrivals at San Bernardino are reasonably common when the firefighting base is active. It's good spotting, they do a very low base to final turn that you can get a pretty good view of. Boneyard arrivals seem to prefer 6.
 
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Tue May 05, 2020 9:52 pm

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24 arrivals at San Bernardino are reasonably common when the firefighting base is active. It's good spotting, they do a very low base to final turn that you can get a pretty good view of. Boneyard arrivals seem to prefer 6.


Oh, ok. Thanks for the info, not really too up to date on the going ons regarding firefighting aircraft at SBD, mainly just look at the boneyard arrivals (which makes sense why I'm always seeing runway 6 in use).
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Wed May 06, 2020 4:36 pm

Cayman Airways 737MAX8 VP-CIW can be seen in the foreground of this picture at VCV (see 1st link), the first shot I've seen of it since it's arrival in February (see 2nd link).

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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Wed May 06, 2020 5:29 pm

General Review of the current layout at VCV:
Reference this link:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B_0uh6OpDPV/

Picture 1: What looks like the same thing we've seen before, Delta aircraft occupying runway 3/21, while Southwest 737-700s sit on the adjacent taxiway. Undelivered 737MAXs litter most of the ramp space, with a clearing next to the tower.
Picture 2: Contrary to what some have said in the COVID-19 Cargo thread, it does not look like China Airlines has any intention of reviving their 2 747-400Fs from desert storage. Note the heavy tape and the missing #1 engine.
Picture 3: This is perhaps the most valuable picture, as it shows what's going on at the south ramp of the airport, the most active and often changed section. You can see 3 Interjet A320 series aircraft that were stored a few weeks ago on the left hand side of the image, along with the stored Cayman Airways 737MAX8. 2 Lufthansa MD-11Fs are also present, while the 2 most recent FedEx retirements are present too. One FedEx MD-11F has the cargo door open, possible rework for revival from desert storage?? The ex flynas 772 and another all white 772 are visible, which have been there for the last few weeks. Moving to the right side, there is the ecoDemonstrator 777-200 N772ET (which should be used by Boeing to fly medical supplies, but so far has stayed at VCV) and the converted Southwest 737-700F that was never taken up, and painted in all white. It is unfortunate that the image is cut off a little short on the right edge, as that is where the Mexican Air Force 787-8 is stored. With rumors of it leaving in late March unsubstantiated, it is unknown what its fate will be.
Picture 4: Here we can once again see the general layout, but it is important to note that the Oman Air 737MAX8 A4O-ML that flew in on Monday is gone, likely in the paint hanger for removal of the Boeing livery and the application of the full Oman Air colors. That would mean that all mainline paint hangers are occupied, one with United 787-9 N38950 undergoing paint touch up of the current livery, and one with the Boeing Corporate 737BBJ and(?) Oman Air 737MAX8 (unless it is in the smallest hanger).
Picture 5: A general view of the long term storage area, note the handful of Delta aircraft in the extreme bottom left hand corner. It appears that a China A343 is next on the chopping block. The back area seems largely unchanged since I visited it in mid February.
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Wed May 06, 2020 8:44 pm

Through the further investigation of the picture above, as well as comparison to satellite and previous imagery (see link below), it seems that the Mexican Air Force 787-8 has been moved. My guess would be that it would be in one of the Boeing hangers undergoing final checks before potential departure. Tape on the windows and identifying marks of the aircraft have been taken off for over a month or 2, and without reapplication or a visible parking spot, that is likely the best explanation. I may have to go see for myself sometime soon.

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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Thu May 07, 2020 4:16 pm

Mexican Air Force 787-8 XC-MEX has a test flight today, VCV-VCV departing at 5:00PM Pacific and arriving at 7:24PM Pacific. I can't make it :cry2:

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/FAM ... /KVCV/KVCV
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Thu May 07, 2020 4:35 pm

FAM 787-8 XC-MEX flight plan changed, VCV-VCV 9:42AM - 12:06PM

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/FAM ... /KVCV/KVCV
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Thu May 07, 2020 5:44 pm

great update thank you!
 
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Thu May 07, 2020 8:37 pm

Looks like the Boeing Corporate 737-700BBJ N839BA is getting some maintenance work done, not paint. Went for a short stroll around VCV right now

https://www.flightradar24.com/B737/2476e7b0
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Fri May 08, 2020 1:33 am

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Any planes stored at Palmdale?


I believe there's a partially built B-21 Raider there.
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Fri May 08, 2020 5:32 am

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FAM 787-8 XC-MEX flight plan changed, VCV-VCV 9:42AM - 12:06PM

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/FAM ... /KVCV/KVCV


Rumors around they'll ferry it back to MEX on saturday night.

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Fri May 08, 2020 5:50 am

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VCVSpotter wrote:
FAM 787-8 XC-MEX flight plan changed, VCV-VCV 9:42AM - 12:06PM

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/FAM ... /KVCV/KVCV


Rumors around they'll ferry it back to MEX on saturday night.

g77


Ok, thank you for the heads up :)
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Fri May 08, 2020 5:33 pm

Boeing Corporate 737-700BBJ N839BA has finished with maintenance and is now flying out of VCV

https://www.flightradar24.com/B737/2478170d
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sat May 09, 2020 5:35 pm

NASA C-130 N436NA will fly to PMD tomorrow (May 10), arrival scheduled for 12:58PM Pacific (see 1st link). Note that it is in a basic US Coast Guard livery (see 2nd link).

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/NAS ... /KWAL/KPMD
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sun May 10, 2020 4:35 am

Today (May 9, 2020), I went to VCV for visual confirmation of several things:
1. FAM 788 is ready to go, stairs attached but no activity next to it (for now).
2. Qantas 747-400 VH-OJL is in the Comav hanger still (as other posters have noted), and I made visual confirmation that the #3 and #4 engines are still on. I could not see engines #1 and #2 as the hanger doors were pulled in tight next to the fuselage. There is a jack near the tail of the aircraft (not attached), and the tail is sticking out of the hanger. There was no work being performed on it today (expected, as it's the weekend). The aircraft is devoid of markings (besides the painted over kangaroo on the tail).
3. Despite rumors, (and even a press release), that the ecoDemonstrator 772 N772ET would be used for medical flights, it is still parked, and everything is still taped up.
4. The Oman/Boeing 737MAX8 was no where to be seen, likely meaning it is being painted.
5. There were no 'unexpected aircraft' (such as an aircraft that hasn't been seen before, such as the time I saw the ecoDemonstrator 772 for the first time, or the Aero K A320).
6. There is some maintenance/new construction occurring at the power plant at the extreme east end of the airport, as well as an addition of temporary small buildings/portables in front of the Boeing hanger.
7. The fence near the Boeing hanger (not Comav, it's the hanger just to the northeast of GE) now has metal slats running through the holes to prevent photography and/or block wind. This is near the new portables. The portables are from Pacific Mobile Structures, and there are no other markings that would indicate a user (such as General Atomics, Boeing, etc). They have blocked off ramp space there with cones, and there is a sign saying that construction is being done by RBA Builders.

Any questions are welcome, happy to help out people know/appreciate/visit this unique airport. Note, the next visit to VCV will likely be when the 777-9 comes down, hopefully in a month or so, unless something really crazy flies in/out.
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Sun May 10, 2020 4:51 pm

Looks like the NASA C-130 N436NA is inbound and on time.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/NAS ... /KWAL/KPMD
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 11, 2020 1:52 am

United 787-9 N38950 has finished its paint touch-up, and will fly VCV-SFO as UA2721 tomorrow (May 11) at 3:00PM

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ua2721
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 11, 2020 2:51 am

NASA C-130 N436NA leaving PMD tomorrow at 6:30AM for TTS.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/NAS ... /KPMD/KTTS
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Mon May 11, 2020 3:21 am

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NASA C-130 N436NA leaving PMD tomorrow at 6:30AM for TTS.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/NAS ... /KPMD/KTTS


Too bad, I was hoping it would stick around for a bit.
 
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 12, 2020 3:55 pm

Antonov Design Bureau AN-124-100 UR-82029 YYR-SBD, estimated 10:21AM Pacific.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ur-82029
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Re: SoCal Boneyard Storage and Activity Thread

Tue May 12, 2020 3:59 pm

Swift Air 737-300 filed AZA-VCV-DEN, arrival 10:28AM, departure 11:40AM

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/wq3512
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/wq3514
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