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    Default Re: China Lake Weapons NAS Rainbow Canyon

    Another cool old air base is Wendover Army Airfield, UT

    http://www.wendoverairbase.com



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    Default Re: China Lake Weapons NAS Rainbow Canyon

    Quote Originally Posted by Race5 View Post
    Star Wars Canyon is being flown again, but not very often. A couple of F-117s were spotted there as recently as April.
    Wow. I thought those were retired?
    "Lighten Up Francis....."

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    Default Re: China Lake Weapons NAS Rainbow Canyon

    Quote Originally Posted by boomtown View Post
    Wow. I thought those were retired?
    They were retired in 2008 if I recall (replaced by F-22 Raptor). However, the USAF has maintained several ships in an active flight status. Several sightings in the canyon as well as Edwards and over SoCal during refueling operations.

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    Default Re: China Lake Weapons NAS Rainbow Canyon

    Coincidentally, the final report on the FA-18E crash near Father Crowley Overlook from last July was issued recently. 7 French tourists were close by and some received burns from the fireball. No data, pictures, or video of the final 3 seconds as the plane was below the horizon and out of sight. Tough accident to digest.

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    Default Re: China Lake Weapons NAS Rainbow Canyon

    Quote Originally Posted by marada mx3 View Post
    Coincidentally, the final report on the FA-18E crash near Father Crowley Overlook from last July was issued recently. 7 French tourists were close by and some received burns from the fireball. No data, pictures, or video of the final 3 seconds as the plane was below the horizon and out of sight. Tough accident to digest.
    Indeed it is. Dangerous business.

    Believe the powers that be have restricted all tansitions thru JEDI to no lower than 1500' AGL, UFN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desertdawg View Post
    Another cool old air base is Wendover Army Airfield, UT

    http://www.wendoverairbase.com



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    Lots of recent history has taken place at that airfield. That is where John Sandberg planned to set the FIA Unlimited 3km speed record for propeller/piston airplane with Tsunami.
    Also, Will Whiteside flying Steadfast at Wendover set FIA 3km speed record of 669.5 km/hr [416 mph] on October 11, 2011 for weight class C-1d 1750kg to 3000kg [3858 lbs to 6613 lbs]. This was the first of 9 FIA records that Will set with Steadfast over the next six months.

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