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Old 09-22-2020, 09:31 PM
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Default Star Wars Canyon in an RV-7

Star Wars Canyon (aka Rainbow Canyon) is in the Panamint MOA near Death Valley. It is used for (extreme) low-level training by the military.

We can't let them have all the fun!

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Old 09-22-2020, 09:42 PM
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I did an off road trip in death valley a long time ago and never could figure out where it was exactly. Now I know. Gotta put on my list of places to fly, but I wont be going that low.
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:47 PM
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I thought only the military could fly thru there.............
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:57 PM
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My first-ever F-4 Phantom ride as a 2Lt at George AFB was into Panamint East and West in 1988. We flew supersonic up the length of the valley, screamed down the eastern slope of Telescope Peak, roared up Star Wars canyon, and kicked up supersonic rooster trails below sea level along the valley floors. An unforgettably exceptional introduction to the jet in which I'd ultimately log 2069 hours in peace and combat. Every subsequent trip down the canyon (there were many) was just as special as the first.

Having said all that, I'd LOVE to fly that canyon in KELLI GIRL. That'd be one special sort of awesome. Imagine: ROARING down Star Wars Canyon at mach 0.22 in the aircraft I built...DUDE!
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I thought only the military could fly thru there.............
It's an MOA... not a "R" airspace...
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My first-ever F-4 Phantom ride as a 2Lt at George AFB was into Panamint East and West in 1988. We flew supersonic up the length of the valley, screamed down the eastern slope of Telescope Peak, roared up Star Wars canyon, and kicked up supersonic rooster trails below sea level along the valley floors. An unforgettably exceptional introduction to the jet in which I'd ultimately log 2069 hours in peace and combat. Every subsequent trip down the canyon (there were many) was just as special as the first.

Having said all that, I'd LOVE to fly that canyon in KELLI GIRL. That'd be one special sort of awesome. Imagine: ROARING down Star Wars Canyon at mach 0.22 in the aircraft I built...DUDE!

Scroll,

Mach 0.22 at 20 feet might be as interesting as 650KIAS at 250'....

Then again, when I converted USAF helo pilots to fixed wing at Sheppard in the T-38, we had lots of Army intra-service transfers...who said at 100KIAS and 6 feet it "began to get hairy".

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Old 09-23-2020, 07:26 AM
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Nicely done Rick! It's still on my bucket list. In the meantime I am enjoying my mini canyon. It's only 1700' deep and 4000' wide

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Old 09-23-2020, 09:31 AM
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I thought only the military could fly thru there.............
One other thing, I was coordinating with the control authority (Joshua Approach) the whole time. I did not want any surprises.
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Inspiring!
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Definitely inspiring, wonderful video
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