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Sammy123
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Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 12:36 am

Im visiting Las Vegas on Friday 6th Feb for a few days and was considering a trip to Kingman, is there much to look at and is it worth going?
 
ushermittwoch
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 1:18 am

I like the big rest area that has a good McDonald's.
 
searpqx
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 5:03 am

Take it from someone who was born there - NO!  Big grin

Seriously, there is very little in and around Kingman itself. There is a boneyard out at the airport, but it's not open to the public (last I checked) and isn't all that active (again, last I checked - been a few years since I was back). The airport itself is mostly GA w/ a couple of Mesa flights. If you feel like taking a drive, go over the Hoover dam, then take the cutoff to Bullhead/Laughlin. At least there you have the river, casinos (on the NV side), and the Bullhead airport actually has some interesting charter traffic.

This time of year, it's cold and windy, so plan accordingly.

Rgds
Duane
 
NIKV69
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 6:11 am

Duane is so right! I live in Laughlin in the winter, definately come here! Check out the Hoover damn too, though I hear they are having some traffic delays for some reason. Kingman is boring. If you like to spot or photograph commercial airliners spend some time at IFP. Check with Sun Country they fly the most in February, I think Sun,Mon,Thur,Fri. Also Allegiant comes and goes on a charter basis, you can get pretty close to the runway, with the River and the casinos in the backround. If you are lucky to catch one of Sun Country's 737s coming in from the east you can have the plane come in right over you, it's so cool!!
 
RareBear
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 6:21 am

Go to
http://www.cactuswings.com

You can look at their database and pull up a list of the aircraft currently stored at Kingman, and see for yourself whether you want to go. When I looked a little while ago, the list showed mostly commuter t-props and 727's, with a smattering of 737's, a couple of DC-8's, some CL-215 fire bombers, and a few other odds and ends.
 
OrbitJFK
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 10:52 am

I used Kingman as a restop on my way from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon or from the Grand Canyon to Sedona I don't remember. It was a nice little place, I don't know about the airport...can't imagine it would be anything very special though, then again I didn't go.

ORBITJFK
 
FlagshipAZ
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:03 am

I live in Bullhead fulltime now, just a 10 minutes drive from IFP, and maybe 45 minutes from IGM. If you plan to visit Kingman, I suggest you do it on a Sunday. It's very quiet there on this one day. The 3 TWA L-1011s are still there, along with tons of J-31s being broken up, 727s of DHL & a few more interesting planes. IMO, it's worth a trip now & then. Regards.
 
NIKV69
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:05 am

The airport is actually in Bullhead City, it is small but for plane spotting and photographing it's great, you have to get Sun Country's schedule though, the traffic in and out is very light. It's a booming town, the Home Depot just went up and IN and Out burger and Kalr's Jr. are almost done! Yummy!!  Big thumbs up
 
FlagshipAZ
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:13 am

Yep...all that good stuff NIKV69 mentioned above is here.  Wink/being sarcastic Plus IFP's single runway will soon be lenghten from 7500' to 9000' starting sometime this year. Sun Country's 737s & Allegiant's MD-80s fly over my home on final approach...probably at 1000' altitude. Regards.
 
Av8rDAL
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:21 am

If you're in Vegas, just head down I-15 towards LA and go to Mojave/Victorville instead. Good day trip.

For the more adventurous type, head to Groom Dry Lake north of Vegas.  Smile
 
IMissPiedmont
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:53 am

Kingman is a long drive from Vegas. Unless you are headed to a point past, it's not worth the drive. Spend the day at LAS, you'll see more of interest.

OK, it's only 110 miles but unless you plan to take the Hoover dam tour,don't bother. It's 3 hours each way because of security at the dam. I'd do it though.

[Edited 2004-02-05 03:59:38]
 
Thrust
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 12:00 pm

Best places to find stored aircraft in the U.S. are Victorville, Tucson, Kingsman, and Goodman. If Kingman is too long far away, enjoy LAS. It is certainly a great place to spot at though, but that's just my view.
 
NIKV69
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 12:09 pm

FlagshipAZ,

Yes I can't wait for IN and Out to be done! Those burgers are the BEST, I love Laughlin, yes when the planes come from the west they must go right over you! Why are they expanding the runway, bigger planes? I definately think that airport needs to expand and maybe get another carrier. I love the desert, driving on Needles highway you get the best view. Three winters here and I am almost sure I will be here full time in five years. New York is just losing it's luster, unless you can afford an apartment in Manhattan it's not worth it.

MissPiedmont is right, you can cut that drive in half if you take 95 and go straight to Laughlin, the road is much improved and I make it in an hour and 20 minutes.

Well I am hungry to it's either Del Taco or Karl's Jr. HMMMMMMMM  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
FlagshipAZ
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Fri Feb 06, 2004 3:04 am

They're expanding IFP's runway due to the heat restrictions in the summer. Right now if it were 110 degrees here, all commercial aircrafts would have a weight penalty. That's the main issue, but IFP is seeing more & more bigger & heavier traffic here as well. I've seen C-130 Herks here now & then. One of my favorite views here is at Locust & the Parkway. Can't stay there too long...city cops thinks you're having car trouble.  Wink/being sarcastic Regards.
 
cbphoto
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Fri Feb 06, 2004 3:32 am

tried going to Kingman to view the graveyard a month or so back to take some pics, and we didn't get more then 50 feet from our plane we flew in, and people were around us asking what we were doing. After some questioning we were told to go back to our airplane and leave the airport, very rude they were. It is interesting to see, but I would recomend either doing fly-bys or see if you can get permission from the airport to view the graveyard on foot.
Cheers
 
NIKV69
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Fri Feb 06, 2004 4:47 am

FlagshipAZ,

If you drive into the airport entrance at the car dealership and make a left you can take that road all the way to the end, past the control tower and park. Then it is a short walk to the runway, great spotting and picture taking, I had one airport worker drive up to me in a truck and ask what I was doing, as soon as I showed him my camera he split with no incident. I see what you are saying with the weight restriction. That airport needs to expand a little, when do those Herks land? I would love to see that!

IN and OUT burger is close to completion! Yummy!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
APP
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Fri Feb 06, 2004 6:48 am

Was there last week and I would say it probably isn't worth the drive.
Plenty activity at LAS though, I'd be spending my time there instead.
With regard to the Hoover Dam, I was there the same day, and there was no sign of a 3 hour delay, it wasn't even 5 mins. Well worth a visit!
APP.
 
IMissPiedmont
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:30 pm

It's not a 3 hour delay at Hoover dam, I meant a realistic 3 hou drive from LAS to IGM, 5 if you're with me 'cause I can't find the right road out of Vegas. I've driven the shore of that darned lake more times than I care to recount.

My point though is that a trip to Kingman, is by itself, not worthwhile. Give me a 3 day span though and I'll set you one hell of an itinerary.
 
Paddy
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:37 pm

The airport itself is mostly GA w/ a couple of Mesa flights.

Wow, Garuda flies into Kingman? That must be a sight! How are the loads?  Big grin
 
searpqx
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Fri Feb 06, 2004 1:59 pm

Hardee har har . . . Big grin

Though I have been there when (ex) BOAC, TWA, PanAM, etc., have flown in. Really is quite a sight to see an L10 on short final to IGM!
 
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Fri Feb 06, 2004 2:02 pm

Kingman’s known as a trashy city. At one time (and maybe even today?) one could pull a trailer on a parcel of land and claim it his/her own. I believe one or more persons involved in the Okalahoma City bombings resided there.

If you decide to visit, one of the major positives is that things are cheap. For example, value meals at Carl’s Jr. run about $1 less compared to elsewhere.

Unless you're headed to the Grand Canyon & need to stop, piss & eat, there's no reason to visit Kingman.
 
DeltaJAX
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Fri Feb 06, 2004 2:31 pm

I stayed a night in Kingman on the way cross country from Fallon, NV to Jacksonville, FL this past June. Stayed at a Motel 6. After eating at Cracker Barrel went out to the airport and took some photos. It was getting dark tho so they arent that great. I remember a Legend DC9, some US Airways 737s, a Delta 727 and older dilapidated 737s with unrecognizable paint schemes. Its a cool little desert town -it depends on what interests you, I grew up in a small desert town so I thought it was boring at the time, but since I have been around all this vegetation and metro areas here while at college in Florida, I get nostalgic about it.
 
APP
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RE: Worth Visiting Kingman?

Sat Feb 07, 2004 5:59 am

Sorry IMisspiedmont,
I misunderstood what you had written. I've reread it now and it makes complete sense!
Yeah, it'll have taken us around 3 hours or so for that drive too. If you're doing it again stop off at a place called 'Chloride' around 4 miles off the main road to Kingman from Vegas, and around 25 miles out of Kingman. It's an excellent little place...A ghost town...but with people!
Now make sense of that!
Cheers,
APP.

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