Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Heading straight west for 2 tanks of gas gets us here...










Departing one airport for another one nearby, we pass over a normal, boring area of houses.
Click on any/all pics to make em bigger.





Wait a minute...let's zoom in a little. Those aren't all just houses....



Miles and miles of the awesomeness that is a US military airplane graveyard. How many billions of dollars went into these planes? I wonder what stories they could tell?




On approach, we watched the sun play with the fog in the hills.



Yeah, my job is pretty cool.



The next pic down is what we saw when this convo took place:
"Sully-1, call the airport in sight. It's 12 o'clock and 10 miles."
"Umm, if you say so. I'm thinking we'd like vectors for the ILS"
"The airport is reporting 15 miles visibility"; the controller spoke slowly and carefully, as clearly he was dealing with a moron who couldn't find a simple airport in the middle of the desert.




After landing, we saw a gorgeous turbine Beaver arrive. The logo on the tail is 2 otters, so I'm thinking this plane must have a big brother around somewhere.



After finishing flying for the day, I went back to the hotel where I discovered an amazing thing. Did you know you can get grapefruits from trees now instead of just in stores? What will they think of next!



I continue my obsession with recording little videos of my hotel rooms...

5 comments:

janra said...

That can't be a beaver, it has wheels!

I think that's the first time I've seen a beaver that wasn't on floats... except for this one and those were just temporary wheels.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful wx shots, thanks for posting them. The aircraft "parking lot" looks like AMARC just SE of Tuscon

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Vail,+az&ie=UTF8&ll=32.150473,-110.822868&spn=0.02776,0.04283&t=k&z=14&om=0

--Sarah

amulbunny said...

The guy across the street has a grapefruit tree and it's just loaded to the gills. Will have to acquire one and try it.

Aridzona in the winter is nice but way too warm for me in the summer.

Great photos. All that metal sitting in the dust. Our tax dollars in good use.

annieb

Anonymous said...

If the pics are of Tucson graveyard, the number is $22bn - given to me on a tour there in Nov last year.

Jeff said...

I'm also thinking Tuscon.

I spent a day at the Pima Air and Space museum a few years ago during a skydiving trip to Eloy AZ. Had a great time in Tuscon.