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Old 11-06-2012, 07:47 PM
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Default Battle with Tanks at Chiriaco

All right, wifi is still down after Sandy and I am using old trusty dial-up. Time to finish that trip story I covered almost 1/2 already


... After exiting Death Valley I need three things; First - to kill 2.5 hours. An airshow was in full strenght at Miramar and TFR would be lifted at 5 pm.
Second - get fully gassed up on the way to Coolifornia coast I heard fuel is expensive there. Third - something meaty to bite.


According to famous planning software the cheapest fuel was at 29 Palms.


Oh wait. You don't see him but he is there. Some biker going supersonic on that dry lake bed.





Now 29 Palms.






Two things not in accordeon there. 1. Only four palms found instead of thirty nine and 2. Gas is almost six bucks!!! Who is the feeder for famous planning software!!! No wonder I can't save for paint paying that huge margin...






Anyway I filled up hopped a ridge or two







and headed to L77, an airport where cavalry museum is.







I was very suspicious of that place. Not much talk among RVators, no writeups on other boards. Anyway lessee...


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Old 11-06-2012, 08:02 PM
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Runway at Chiriaco looks good from an altitude but as you get closer not so.

This was the first thing I saw. Allan did you see this?







Going farther. Somebody in the bushes.






And then I kid you not gentemen. This picture was at the parking.







The owner told me the story really hard to believe. But I still think these retired fellows were the guilty party. They scared that breakfast group who flew in.






I was advised to chain my bird down and walk to the truck stop. There should be some food.












And there was.



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Old 11-06-2012, 08:12 PM
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Why do you chain your plane down but leave the canopy propped open?
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:34 PM
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Why do you chain your plane down but leave the canopy propped open?
There was no wind and very hot that's why canopy propped. Chains per affected breakfast group advice I didn't give it much thought. They are locals they know


L77 is very funny spot. It's basically a truck stop. A foodmart and a restaurant. A gas station I wish I had cans. A tank museum.























Obligatory food picture



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Old 11-06-2012, 08:41 PM
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30 more minutes to kill.












Time to go. Bye bye birdie get nose job.






On the go right over Bruce estate red circle over Miramar magically dissolved. I landed at KMYF Montgomery Field of San Diego and spent two nights with these guys. Brooklyn to the right and Skyler to the left.







Airport in the Sky and in search of coyotes next...
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:10 AM
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Vlad, Great write up...makes me want to get more airtime.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:29 PM
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Great stuff Vlad.
In your Picture of the 29 Palms airport, that trailer has not changed much in 35 years. I can recall Bill Brown, a WWII veteran, who towed gliders in a Super Cub.
He was a cowboy pilot, where, at the end of the day, he would sit dwon near that trailer and break out his guitar, it was country western time...
Many a party was held on that ramp.

To the right of the trailer in your that picture is a cabin that was built by Noel Roberts. He was like a brother to my father.

I have memory images of your final approach picture of so many many times.
In the early 70's, my father and Noel had all of great names of glider pilots coming to the 29 palms soaring events.
We would come here via C-170 just as much via a car. I grew up in this desert. I learned to drive a old Buick here. I soloed in a glider here. On the hills to the south is where my fathers ashes where spread. I had Noel in the back seat while I was flying the front of the Citabria.
This is a time when a Narco MK-12A was new technology! But we had Elmer Katinski who invented his own Radio...
Nothing sad, all great times and wonderful memories...
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:14 PM
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San Diego! Love the weather!










San Diego connection was the one and only not made here on VAF. A while ago a young couple (both marines) was visiting New York City and I know their brother. They wanted a ride over NY they were so adamant drove all the way in heavy traffic from the city to my airport and we went up just before dark. Wannabe RVators in Big Apple always find a reason not to go but these two marines were dead serious. Both went up with me and enjoyed tremendously. After landing they said if I ever come to San Diego I have a place to stay. And I did have a place to stay. In a nice gated community at cozy house with big pool, four cars, two dogs, fishtank and a singing bird. Thank you Jorge and pass my thanks to your ladies.

This is from previous ride.









Next morning Jorge and I flew to Catalina island.






The marine doesn't have pilot license (yet) but he had some training before.

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Old 11-09-2012, 07:25 PM
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We descended, checked out with LA Approach





turned on good music and Jorge took over controls.










We enjoyed the island. My first time exploring such an exotic. It's so good to have autopilot.





Landed a bit long but it's RV and it can stop on a dime. Jorge made good video using his iPhone I'll get link later.











Ate famous bison burgers.



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Old 11-09-2012, 07:35 PM
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Way back was familiar but I did get a bit confused. Never lost though. Great when a local is sitting side by side and can point to right direction






I was so sure I had airport in sight even ATC believed that. I indeed had airport in sight but it was Miramar not Montgomery. Jorge corrected me first, then controller gave me couple degrees to the other left and we were home











Then there was a BBQ and a good sleep. I stayed two days in San Diego and loved every minute of it.

The morning after next I left. Jorge drove me to the airport in his race car he built himself. That RV10 will be a piece of cake for him to build if fiscal stars lined up.








Bye buddy I'll see you in March in New York City dinner on me.



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