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This is a collection of my blog entries and experiences with flying, and learning to fly. Something I had been wanting to do for quite a while.
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for my experience.
Specifically, I have a page for my Trips to Oshkosh, the mecca for pilots

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2017/11/24 Thanksgiving Flight to San Bernandino, and Back
π 2017-11-24 00:00 in Flying
I was going to San Bernandino to attend Dreamstate Socal over Thanksgiving.
I was totally not going to be driving to or from LA during thanksgiving. Flying southwest to a nearby Ontario airport was actually a decent option, but I elected to fly my own butt there and fly directly to San Bernandino's now defunct military airport, which therefore has a very nice long runway as well as a great FBO (seriously, awesome FBO, I'm hoping they get enough traffic and customers to sustain themselves, given that San Bernandino is otherwise not really a closeby airport for LA).

It did cost about 2x more to fly my own butt there than flying Southwest at last minute rates, but eh, I got to a closer airport, and I got to leave on my own schedule for both legs :)

The flight there was definitely my best flight to Socal where I got to fly over all 3 of Mohave Spaceport, Edwards Airforce Base (where the space shuttle could land, and X planes are tested), and the unassuming Victorville which has a great collection in its airliner graveyard.

fly by Moffett
fly by Moffett

I don't think it was LA smog, I avoided the LA Basin
I don't think it was LA smog, I avoided the LA Basin



Mohave Spaceport
Mohave Spaceport



those plane bodies were stripped for parts/skin
those plane bodies were stripped for parts/skin


A cool little racetrack and dragrace strip nearby:


that got me excited :)
that got me excited :)

Then I made it to Edwards, which is usually closed airspace, but was open during thanksgiving:



the runways on the lakebed are my favourite part
the runways on the lakebed are my favourite part

Left, Center, Right, really? :)
Left, Center, Right, really? :)



Then, I made it to Victorvillle, which I circled once at lower altitude to picture all of the many planes parked there:




southest planes having fun :)
southest planes having fun :)





I then finished my flight to San Bernandino, arrived a bit late, but it was well worth it :)



sadly the airport is pretty deserted
sadly the airport is pretty deserted

The flight back was less scenic, the weather got worse (low-ish overcast and rain) as I got closer to Palo Alto. Got to land on runway 13, and no one else was flying with that low overcast and bad weather:





Apple's saucer :)
Apple's saucer :)

Home, sweet home...
Home, sweet home...


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