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    Default China Lake Weapons NAS Rainbow Canyon

    Taking the new Ram 2500 on her first 5 day Nevada off-road adventure.

    Like to spend one night in the Monti Christ range (earthquakes), then over to Monitor Valley and fish Barley creek.

    Anyhow, I can time my trip though Father Crowley point and/or the B-17 ing range.

    Any inside knowledge as too training flight schedules for either on 6/19 & 6/11 would be welcome.


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    Default Re: China Lake Weapons NAS Rainbow Canyon

    I'm not sure Rainbow Canyon (aka Star Wars Canyon) is being flown. There was a crash there last year and I'm not sure its been cleared to be flown by the military again. There is a secret FB page (made secret by those who were flying the canyon) but there hasn't been any new pics that I can find. I will enquire.

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    Default Re: China Lake Weapons NAS Rainbow Canyon

    Star Wars Canyon is being flown again, but not very often. A couple of F-117s were spotted there as recently as April.

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    Well, I never made out to Rainbow Canyon or Bravo 17 Range.

    I did cover 758 miles of out great state. It's an outdoor museum.

    It was great to get out and social distance

    One aviation themed place I stopped at was the old Tonopah Army Air Field (TAAF).

    Enjoy.

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    Default Re: China Lake Weapons NAS Rainbow Canyon

    Couple more.

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    Default Re: China Lake Weapons NAS Rainbow Canyon

    Quote Originally Posted by Desertdawg View Post
    Well, I never made out to Rainnbow Canyon or Bravo 17 Range.

    I did cover 758 miles of out great state. It's an outdoor museum.

    It was great to get out and social distance

    One aviation themed place I stopped at was the old Tonopah Army Air Force base (TAAF).

    Enjoy.

    Interesting site and nice shots. Thanks for posting.
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    Default Re: China Lake Weapons NAS Rainbow Canyon

    If those old walls could talk!

    Nice rig btw!
    Wayne Sagar
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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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