Been travelling lots … next post is about Cayman, I promise!
So I was in Los Angeles for business and in the past trips did all of the “standard” LA stuff such as Disney, Hollywood, etc. Since I had a day to kill, I decided to go out for a drive to the Mojave desert. What a great day it was.
First off, out from Grand Cayman. An unusual flight path, taking off towards the West and banking over Seven Mile Beach.
Close to the LA airport (LAX), I saw this. Fans of CSI: Miami will recognize this building. So the Miami-Dade police station is not in Miami! Its actually in Los Angeles. This is the actual building they use in the show.
Now off from my road trip to the Mojave desert. I left the hotel before 8am on Sunday. Virtually no one on the road. It was great. Here I am, less that 30 minutes out of town and already some snowy mountain tops.
First stop: Victorville. Here is where major airlines store their decommissioned or surplus aircraft. They like storing them here because of the dry air. In the first picture below you can see a Cathay 747, a United 747 and a Delta 767 and a 737.
Now an hour or so down the road, I got to Hinkley. What is Hinkey? Well, movie buffs should already have picked up on this. It was the subject of the 2000 movie “Erin Brockovich”. This city’s water was contaminated by a company.
As I was about to take the exit to go North/West, I saw this. I seriously considered it. Las Vegas was only 150 miles away at that point. Maybe next year.
Next stop: Edwards Air Force base. There is a large B-52 bomber on display. Very impressive. In the foreground, my lovely rental Volvo C30; great car for a road trip like this.
Next up, the Mojave air and space port. This is the place where they store old aircraft (like Victorville) but is also the base for many space projects such as Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. A tour of the premises are available, but you unfortunately are not able to take any pictures during the tour of the hangars and old aircraft. The tour is in an econoline type van and the guy who does the tour is the guy who refuels the planes. On that basis, no reservations are possible. So if he is out refueling a plane, you are essentially out of luck.
Here is the link for visits if anyone interested.
In the boneyard section (where planes will never fly again and are usually sold for part), lots of Hollywood history. That white tail section just behind the red “wind direction” thing on the left is the Oceanic plane from Lost. In there there is the 747 used in “24” for when the President was shot down. There is also an old Delta plane with a big hole where the Mythbuster guys did the shoebomb test, etc.
This is the storage section ; aircraft that could technically be brought back into service. The airlines basically put them here during the recession when they have too many airplanes. The black tailed aircraft are all Air Canada 767’s. The second one from the right is the infamous “Gimli Glider” for any airplane buffs reading this blog. However, out of the 7, a few of them look in pretty rough shape so I suspect that Air Canada will sell these for parts of they will become beer cans at some point 🙂
So here is the map of the day. +-320 miles in all. 7:30 – 4pm. Great time! Start and finish is downtown Los Angeles.