Foreign Airfield VisitPast Tours

McClellan-Palomar, Miramar (Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum), Montgomery Field-Gibbs, San Diego/Lindbergh Field, San Diego Harbour (USS Midway Museum), Gillespie Field (San Diego Air & Space Museum), El Centro, Imperial County, Yuma, Gila Bend & Phoenix/Sky Harbor – Saturday 14th March 2020 (Grant Robinson)

Hi all,

Today was going to be a mammoth drive of 385 miles from Oceanside to Phoenix. Of course that figure was much more as we naturally didn’t go the direct route! The original plan was for us to have been in El Centro this morning ready for the show and then followed up with Yuma show. As by now we knew that they had both cancelled, we had a bit of a bash instead around San Diego before heading to warmer climes in Arizona.


McClellan-Palomar

A short drive from Oceanside heading South towards San Diego was our first stop under cloudy skies. This was all seen public side of the fences…

N365AA, Agusta A.109 E Power (11102)
N74699, American Aviation AA-5 (AA5B-0355)
N555SN, Beech 33/35/36 Bonanza P35 (D-6865)
N136MB, Beech 100 B100 (BE-50)
N619DD, Beech 100 B100 (BE-92)
N361KA, Beech 200 B200 (BB-741)
N505SP, Beech 200 B200 (BB-1538)
N87AM, Bell 412 EP (36322)
N354VJ, Bombardier Challenger 350 (20614)
N770QS, Bombardier Challenger 350 (20543)
N788QS, Bombardier Challenger 350 (20607)
N9TJ, Bombardier Global 6000 (9659)
N600GA, Canadair Challenger 601 (3046)
N825SG, Canadair Challenger 601 3R (5146)
N203KS, Cessna 172 (172S8856)
N4420R, Cessna 172 (17263167)
N4629D, Cessna 172 (17272318)
N7620G, Cessna 172 (17259320)
N9285H, Cessna 172 (17266068)
N99700, Cessna 172 (17276496)
N164JM, Cessna 182 (R18200158)
N1652X, Cessna 210 (21060687)
N88692, Cessna 441 Conquest II (441-0290)
N535, Cessna Citation CJ1 (525-0445)
N547TW, Cessna Citation CJ1 (525-0547)
N555DH, Cessna Citation CJ1 (525-0420)
N146SB, Cirrus SR22 (2574)
N915DC, Cirrus SR22 (1093)
N22CW, Cirrus SR22T (0601)
N626BG, Cirrus SR22T G3 GTS (0009)
N465DS, Diamond Aircraft DA40 Diamond Star DA40 (40.1165)
N909MT, Embraer Legacy 600 (14501011)
N650TB, Embraer Legacy 650 (14501204)
N210FF, Embraer Phenom 100 (50000088)
N165PW, Gippsland GA-8 Airvan TC-320 (GA8-TC-320-14-205)
N48GL, Gulfstream G4 (1052)
N757MC, Gulfstream G4 SP (1498)
N39EL, Learjet 24 D (24D-251)
N366CA, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 181 Archer III (2843135)
N651KC, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 181 Archer III (2843651)
N3252G, Piper PA-34 Seneca 200T Seneca II (34-8070316)
N455LG, Piper PA-46 Malibu Meridian (4697203)
N6ZR, Ted Smith / Piper Aerostar PA-601P (61P-0716-8063346)
N164RG, Vans RV- 6 (60266)


Miramar

By now it was raining quite heavily and we came across the first trip casualty as this museum was shut despite being advertised as being open. At that time, museums in California were still open (as we were to witness later) and so we guess it was because of it being attached to a military base? Anyhow by now your very wet reporter got these from outside by walking the fence line…..

Outside at the Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum:

140688/688, Beechcraft T-34B Mentor, N2986F, United States (BG-22)
5722, Bell 214ST, Iraqi (28166)
157784/WR-774, Bell AH-1J Sea Cobra, United States (26028)
154803/YW-9, Boeing-Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight, United States (2410)
148492/WE-1, Douglas A-4C Skyhawk, United States (12865)
154204/MF-111, Douglas A-4F Skyhawk, United States (13661)
160264, Douglas A-4M Skyhawk, United States (14607)
124630/WF-23, Douglas EF-10B Skyknight, United States (7500)
139177/VE-17, Douglas F-6A Skyray, United States (11251)
154170/DT-5, Grumman A-6E Intruder, United States (I-305)
123652/WL-10, Grumman F9F-2 Panther, United States (unknown)
141722/TN-1, Grumman RF-9J Cougar, United States (unknown)
53726, Grumman TBM-3E Avenger, NL7076C, United States (3788)
158387/WF-4, Hawker Siddeley AV-8C Harrier, United States (712065/4)
161749/VW-201, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet, United States (108/A077)
163152/SH-101, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet, United States (576/A483)
124988/LC-4, McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee, United States (291)
157246/WT-01, McDonnell F-4S Phantom II, United States (3610)
151981/RF-06, McDonnell RF-4B Phantom II, United States (1012)
81072, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis, N7103X, Chinese (81072)
155494/UU-20, North American OV-10D Bronco, United States (305-105)
90866/WD-41, North American SNJ-5 Texan, N100GD, United States (88-18284)
741564/12, Northrop F-5E Tiger II, United States (R.1252)
130252, Sikorsky CH-19E Chickasaw, United States (55-408)
153304/UT-00, Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallion, United States (65-075)
150219/YK-00, Sikorsky UH-34D Seahorse, United States (58-1559)
122189/WF-15, Vought F4U-5P Corsair, United States (unknown)
150920/DR-00, Vought F-8J Crusader, United States (1205)

On the airfield:

166382/QB-382, Lockheed KC-130J Hercules, VMGR-352, United States Marine Corps (5528)
166512/QB-512, Lockheed KC-130J Hercules, VMGR-352, United States Marine Corps (5554)
167924/QB-924, Lockheed KC-130J Hercules, VMGR-352, United States Marine Corps (5591)
167985/QB-985, Lockheed KC-130J Hercules, VMGR-352, United States Marine Corps (5606)
168072/QB-072, Lockheed KC-130J Hercules, VMGR-352, United States Marine Corps (5677)
169226/QB-226, Lockheed KC-130J Hercules, VMGR-352, United States Marine Corps (5798)

Lots of F/A-18s seen and unable to be read off on the distant ramps along with a Canadian Air Force CC-150 (A310). We later found out that there were a load of Canadian Hornets in amongst that lot but not that I could identify from where I read the Hercules off….


Montgomery Field-Gibbs

A load to be seen here from the comfort of the car. It was starting to brighten up and we were in danger of seeing the sun for first time since arriving Stateside!

N7006N, Beech 33/35/36 Bonanza E33 (CD-1181)
N2LH, Beech 33/35/36 Bonanza F33A (CE-1133)
N1333, Beech 55/58 Baron B55 (TC-1100)
N66SS, Beech 55/58 Baron B55 (TC-1567)
N47SW, Beech 90 C90-1 (LJ-1057)
N1068K, Beech 90 C90B (LJ-1448)
N299MK, Beech 200 B200 (BB-1357)
N281SD, Bell 212 (31147)
N25860, Cessna 152 (15280825)
N1324E, Cessna 172 (17270956)
N1640E, Cessna 172 (17271078)
N214A, Cessna 172 (17270830)
N216AF, Cessna 172 (17274165)
N21754, Cessna 172 (17264005)
N24334, Cessna 172 (17280887)
N2441E, Cessna 172 (17280879)
N24671, Cessna 172 (17280925)
N24780, Cessna 172 (17281028)
N30LU, Cessna 172 (17281257)
N31LU, Cessna 172 (17281258)
N36LU, Cessna 172 (17281352)
N4182T, Cessna 172 (17270319)
N419LK, Cessna 172 (17271787)
N4685L, Cessna 172 (17254680)
N4922D, Cessna 172 (17272398)
N5138G, Cessna 172 (172S10937)
N5208D, Cessna 172 (17272451)
N541WS, Cessna 172 (172S9340)
N602TL, Cessna 172 (172S10736)
N61960, Cessna 172 (17264917)
N70597, Cessna 172 (17267223)
N7257T, Cessna 172 (17280787)
N733UC, Cessna 172 (17268550)
N733YV, Cessna 172 (17268663)
N734MY, Cessna 172 (17268971)
N734ZK, Cessna 172 (17269243)
N737DD, Cessna 172 (17269330)
N737HY, Cessna 172 (17269441)
N739RF, Cessna 172 (17270739)
N80616, Cessna 172 (17266671)
N828WW, Cessna 172 (172S11730)
N8557X, Cessna 172 (P17257157)
N217AF, Cessna 177 (177RG1011)
N2988X, Cessna 177 (17700388)
N155DJ, Cessna 182 (18257851)
N1784R, Cessna 182 (R18200558)
N811TW, Cessna 182 (18281118)
N97748, Cessna 182 (18267183)
N9821E, Cessna 182 (18263921)
N1820Z, Cessna 205 (205-0020)
N79VH, Cessna 208 (20800570)
N3385S, Cessna 210 (21059185)
N68EA, Cessna 210 (P21000837)
N6953L, Cessna 310 (310K0053)
N241MW, Cessna 421 (421C0030)
N8056Q, Cessna 421 (421B0056)
N15JH, Cessna Citation C500 (500-0174)
N72VJ, Cessna Citation C501 (501-0149)
N1TY, Cessna Citation C550 (550-0171)
N525MA, Cessna Citation CJ2 (525A0012)
N329LH, Cessna Citation CJ4 (525C0248)
N510GG, Cessna Citation Mustang (510-0168)
N1161V, Cessna Corvalis / Lancair / Columbia LC41-550FG (41749)
N609RS, Cessna Corvalis / Lancair / Columbia LC41-550FG (41752)
N622HJ, Cirrus SR20 (2079)
N719TS, Cirrus SR22T (0327)
N608CS, Embraer Phenom 100 (50000084)
N145LF, Eurocopter EC145 / H145 C-2 (EC145) (9072)
N25BB, Learjet 31 A (31A-102)
N3289F, Mooney M.20 Executive 21 (670382)
N1146J, Mooney M.20 Model 201 (24-1197)
N977LR, Mooney M.20 TLS (27-0228)
N970NA, Pilatus PC-XII 45 (226)
N3716M, Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser Super Cruiser (12-2657)
N74199, Piper PA-23 Aztec 250C (27-3026)
N5799P, Piper PA-24 Comanche 180 Comanche (24-879)
N7522P, Piper PA-24 Comanche 250 Comanche (24-2724)
N143JM, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 140 Cherokee (28-20358)
N4498J, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 140 Cherokee (28-22919)
N4621R, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 140 Cherokee (28-21370)
N7126R, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 140 Cherokee (28-21827)
N57361, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 151 Cherokee Warrior (28-7415044)
N5121G, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 180 Cherokee D (28-5005)
N2226N, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 181 Archer II (28-7990282)
N2857P, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 181 Archer II (28-7990501)
N8060U, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 181 Archer II (28-8290083)
N405CA, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 181 Archer III (2881110)
N41757, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 181 Archer III (2843283)
N223WW, Piper PA-28R Arrow 201 Arrow III (28R-7837251)
N3057Z, Piper PA-28R Arrow T-201 Arrow IV (28R-7918122)
N4567T, Piper PA-34 Seneca 200 Seneca (34-7250136)


San Diego/Lindbergh Field

Quick stop here to enjoy the sunshine and the solitary Mexican biz.

At the San Diego United States Coast Guard Station:
6014, Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawk, San Diego, United States Coast Guard (70.1585)
6029, Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawk, San Diego, United States Coast Guard (70.1788)

Around the airport:
C-FJOU, Airbus A321 211SL, Air Canada Rouge (6873)
N365VA, Airbus A320 214SL, Alaska Airlines (7207)
N917UY, Airbus A321 231, American Airlines (6427)
N992AU, Airbus A321 231SL, American Airlines (7157)
N403AN, Airbus A321 253NXSL, American Airlines (8780)
N948NN, Boeing 737 NG 823/W, American Airlines (31189)
N164HA, Beech 99, Ameriflight (U-60)
N615CZ, Embraer EMB-175 LR, Compass Airlines/Delta Connection (17000207)
N367NW, Airbus A320 212, Delta Air Lines (988)
N1610D, Boeing 767 332ER/W, Delta Air Lines (30594)
N797FE, Cessna 208 B, Empire Airlines/FedEx Feeder (208B0042)
N798FD, Boeing 757 222SF, FedEx Express (28144)
N362FR, Airbus A320 251NSL, Frontier Airlines (9222)
N624QX, Embraer EMB-175 LR, Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines (17000657)
N649QX, Embraer EMB-175 LR, Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines (17000794)
N641QX, Embraer EMB-175 LR, Horizon Airlines/Alaska Airlines (17000761)
JA845J, Boeing 787 8, Japan Airlines (34857)
C-FLJZ, Bombardier CRJ 900, Jazz/Air Canada Express (15045)
N173SY, Embraer EMB-175 LR, SkyWest Airlines/Alaska Airlines (17000486)
N176SY, Embraer EMB-175 LR, SkyWest Airlines/Alaska Airlines (17000533)
N177SY, Embraer EMB-175 LR, SkyWest Airlines/Alaska Airlines (17000535)
N404SY, Embraer EMB-175 LR, SkyWest Airlines/Alaska Airlines (17000739)
N7820L, Boeing 737 NG 79P/W, Southwest Airlines (28253)
N7732A, Boeing 737 NG 7BD/W, Southwest Airlines (34861)
N433LV, Boeing 737 NG 7H4/W, Southwest Airlines (33716)
N742SW, Boeing 737 NG 7H4/W, Southwest Airlines (29278)
N782SA, Boeing 737 NG 7H4/W, Southwest Airlines (29808)
N7816B, Boeing 737 NG 7L9/W, Southwest Airlines (28009)
N8530W, Boeing 737 NG 800/W, Southwest Airlines (63592)
N8583Z, Boeing 737 NG 800/W, Southwest Airlines (64799)
N8661A, Boeing 737 NG 8H4/W, Southwest Airlines (36906)
N428UA, Airbus A320 232, United Airlines (523)
N460UA, Airbus A320 232, United Airlines (1248)
N76517, Boeing 737 NG 824/W, United Airlines (31628)
N872FE, Cessna 208 B, West Air/FedEx Feeder (208B0200)
N984FE, Cessna 208 B, West Air/FedEx Feeder (208B0115)
N213BK, Beech 400 A (RK-216)
N919FG, Bombardier Global 7500 (70025)
N222VR, Cessna Citation CJ3 (525B0155)
N134FM, Cessna Citation Excel (560-5604)
XA-AEA, Cessna Citation Excel (560-5503)
N311QS, Cessna Citation Sovereign (680-0196)
N375QS, Cessna Citation Sovereign (680-0230)
N711T, Dassault Falcon 900EX (6)
N380FX, Embraer Phenom 300 (50500536)
N247LT, Gulfstream G500 (72026)
N718HC, Hawker 125 800B (258040)
N45FG, Learjet 36 (36-010)

San Diego Harbour

This museum was open and heaving with public with a queue to get in the quayside car park and on the ship itself. As we had spent a bit more time at the airport than planned, we sacrificed entry to this museum for a look from outside as most of the flightdeck can be seen with a bit of care and walking.

On the USS Midway Museum flight deck:
122515/UR-51, Sikorsky H03S-1 Dragonfly, United States (5154)
127922/NE-577, Douglas AD-4W Skyraider, United States (7937)
130059/UP-18, Piasecki UH-25B Retriever, United States (236)
135883/DN-3, North American FJ-3 Fury, United States (194-110)
141136/D-106, Grumman F9F-8 Cougar, United States (unknown)
141702/PP-87, Grumman RF-9J Cougar, United States (unknown)
142251/NF-612, Douglas EKA-3B Skywarrior, United States (11577)
143939/NV-52, Sikorsky S-58 UH-34J Seabat, United States (58709)
146036/700, Grumman C-1A Trader, United States (66)
149711/NT-66, Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King, United States (61128)
150157/TF-31, Kaman SH-2F Seasprite, United States (107)
150954/SA-46, Boeing-Vertol HH-46D Sea Knight, United States (2040)
151782/NL-512, Grumman A-6E Intruder, United States (unknown)
153030/NE-101, McDonnell QF-4N Phantom II, United States (1557)
153880/NK-201, McDonnell F-4S Phantom II, United States (2466)
154977/NM-301, Douglas A-4F Skyhawk, United States (13793)
156641/NG-612, North American RA-5C Vigilante, United States (316-34)
156697/A-974, North American/Rockwell T-2C Buckeye, United States (318-12)
158978/205, Grumman F-14A Tomcat, United States (39)
159766/NJ-741, Lockheed S-3B Viking, United States (3095)
162901/01, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet, United States (459/A377)
164079/RA-13, Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk, United States (70-645)
60-3614/319, Bell UH-1B Iroquois, United States (260)


Gillespie Field

My photographs can be seen at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62861611@N08/albums/72157713691247243

This museum was open and they were happy to have some visitors! Well worth the visit for me as I didn’t get inside last time.

Outside San Diego Air & Space Museum:
(N795FC), Beechcraft T-34B Mentor (BG-129)
(53-0200), Boeing KC-97L Stratofreighter (nose), N79797, United States (16982)
56-1268/FC-268, Convair F-102A Delta Dagger, United States (unknown)
(125485), Douglas XA2D-1 Skyshark, United States (7596)
163269/42, General Dynamics F-16N Fighting Falcon, United States (3M-2)
162195/XE-505, Grumman A-6E Intruder, United States (I-688)
(159631), Grumman F-14A Tomcat, United States (178)
159239/WH-02, Hawker Siddeley AV-8A Harrier, United States (P148/712148?)
N443NA/43, Lockheed P-2H Neptune (726-7168)
70201, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis Fagot, Chinese (137085)
9099, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21bis, Hungarian (N75049099/3105)
(55-5014)/112958/FU-958, North American F-86F Sabre, United States (172-249)
N24RW, Rutan VariEze (390)
161554, Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk, United States (70-365)
154554/NG-031, Vought A-7B Corsair II, United States (B-194)
150297/AH-213, Vought F-8J Crusader, United States (1038)

Inside San Diego Air & Space Museum:
N90859, Bee Aviation Honey Bee (1)
NC368, Beechcraft D17S Staggerwing (4883)
(N74058), Boeing-Vertol V44A (438)
N85KK, Christen Eagle II (0001)
NC9265, Curtiss Robin B-1 (329)
N81LB, Denney Aircraft Kitfox Mk.3 (792)
N169MB, Gilbert Daniel C DG-1 (001)
N241FM, Glasflugel H.201 Standard Libelle (416)
N16V, Mercury Air Shoestring (101)
N21PC, Monnett Sonerai IIB (PM01-0397)
NC25553, Rearwin 8135 Cloudster (829)
N46795, Ryan ST-3KR (1721)
54-1619, Ryan X-13A Vertijet, United States (unknown)
N116TG, Sonex Aircraft Sonex (086)
NC416Y, Stinson SM-8A Junior (4251)
NC17713, Waco YKS-7 (4625)
N1AE, Williams Cangie EC.1 (1)

Around the airport:
N747H, Aero Commander Twin Commander 560F (560F-1492-72)
N37188, Beech 19/23 Musketeer C23 Sundowner 180 (M-2263)
N2007E, Beech 70 Duchess 76 (ME-60)
N3692X, Beech 70 Duchess 76 (ME-369)
N6001R, Beech 70 Duchess 76 (ME-118)
N6706Y, Beech 70 Duchess 76 (ME-299)
N7603C, Beech 70 Duchess 76 (ME-230)
N15KA, Beech 200 B200 (BB-457)
N56KA, Beech 200 B200 (BB-763)
N395CF, Beech 350 B350 (FL-395)
XB-GRN, Beech 350 B350 (FL-157)
N319MW, Bell 407 GXi (54841)
N150SH, Cessna 150 (15071506)
N6220K, Cessna 150 (15077595)
N9231U, Cessna 150 (15078181)
N47314, Cessna 152 (15283212)
N3037C, Cessna 162 (16200114)
N711DC, Cessna 170 (20144)
N21019, Cessna 172 (172S9595)
N2160Q, Cessna 172 (172S9546)
N216LT, Cessna 172 (172S8121)
N22055, Cessna 172 (17280902)
N2373Z, Cessna 172 (172S8075)
N284LP, Cessna 172 (172S9284)
N317BT, Cessna 172 (172S9828)
N341SP, Cessna 172 (172S9497)
N372TA, Cessna 172 (172S10372)
N46404, Cessna 172 (17257244)
N483SP, Cessna 172 (172S8029)
N499DR, Cessna 172 (172S9167)
N5306C, Cessna 172 (172S9269)
N5424V, Cessna 172 (172RG0528)
N576SP, Cessna 172 (172S8501)
N5876A, Cessna 172 (28476)
N61958, Cessna 172 (17281541)
N61959, Cessna 172 (17281542)
N6205V, Cessna 172 (172RG0590)
N65290, Cessna 172 (172S9693)
N673SP, Cessna 172 (172S8633)
N6ZP, Cessna 172 (17274020)
N7828U, Cessna 172 (17251828)
N9242H, Cessna 172 (17266040)
N9394D, Cessna 172 (172RG1150)
N956SP, Cessna 172 (172S8156)
N9884T, Cessna 172 (47684)
N30794, Cessna 177 (17701469)
N718CP, Cessna 182 (18281713)
N8440S, Cessna 182 (18256540)
N85892, Cessna 182 (18261901)
N7598Z, Cessna 206 (U20606382)
N9596T, Cessna 210 (57396)
N9601X, Cessna 210 (21057901)
N9663X, Cessna 210 (21057963)
N101G, Cessna 310 (310R0017)
N3091L, Cessna 310 (310J0091)
N5HS, Cessna 320 (320A0026)
N556CL, Cessna 337 (33700543)
N28RG, Cessna 340 (340A0347)
N888N, Cessna 340 (340-0312)
N21WT, Cessna 421 (421B0486)
N369RM, Cessna 421 (421C0071)
N168TY, Cessna Citation Mustang (510-0297)
N426CM, Cessna Citation X (750-0117)
N173CD, Cirrus SR20 (1051)
N535S, Cirrus SR22 (0014)
N917ML, Dassault Falcon 2000 (131)
N230AM, Eurocopter EC135 P2+ (0540)
N241AM, Eurocopter EC135 P2+ (0573)
N295HC, Helio Super Courier H.295 (1217)
N5108E, Hughes 369 D (811075D)
N131TZ, Hughes 369 FF (0142FF)
N535WK, Hughes 369 FF (0138FF)
C-FMGM, Kaman K-1200 K-Max (A94-0013)
N322PR, Learjet 31 A (31A-038)
N638HP, Learjet 31 A (31A-219)
N115SE, Learjet 60 (60-089)
N169R, Mooney M.20 Mark 20 (1003)
N1077V, Mooney M.20 Model 201 (24-3160)
N201RA, Mooney M.20 Model 201 (24-1319)
N2621W, Mooney M.20 Super 21 (965)
N6286P, Piper PA-24 Comanche 250 Comanche (24-1396)
N1425X, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 151 Cherokee Warrior (28-7515319)
N2458Q, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 161 Warrior II (28-7716102)
N303GS, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 161 Warrior II (28-7716208)
N40042, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 161 Warrior II (28-7816004)
N44820, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 161 Warrior II (28-7816022)
N7938C, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 161 Warrior II (28-7916428)
N8125Y, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 161 Warrior II (28-8016146)
N7049W, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 180 Cherokee B (28-809)
N3015U, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 181 Archer II (28-7990335)
N517BW, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 181 Archer III (2843652)
N2363U, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 236 Dakota (28-7911306)
N22136, Piper PA-32R T-300T Turbo Lance II (32R-7887247)
N15340, Piper PA-34 Seneca 200 Seneca (34-7350033)
N525AH, Quest Kodiak 100 (100-0009)
N51GX, Remos GX (410)
N164AC, Sikorsky S-64 S-64E (64034)
N750MV, Zenith Zenair CH 750 STOL CH 750 (75-8225)

 

El Centro

Haing left the suburbs of San Diego and now heading East for the long drive along the Mexican border whilst passing through the various mountain ranges to be found East of El Cajon. At one point, I was driving in cloud 🙁
As we approached El Centro for the gate guards, it was a little galling to see the big electronic “No Air Show” signs on the approach road….

Gate Guards:
151979/3, McDonnell RF-4B Phantom II, On Display, United States Navy (897)
159798/2, Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk, On Display, United States Navy (14497)
162448/1, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet, On Display, United States Navy (297/A242)
not known/4, Grumman F-11A Tiger, On Display, United States Navy (unknown)

On airways:
N560AS, Boeing 737 NG 890/W, Alaska Airlines (35179)
N585AS, Boeing 737 NG 890/W, Alaska Airlines (35683)
N627VA, Airbus A320 214, Alaska Airlines (2851)
N3747D, Boeing 737 NG 832/W, Delta Air Lines (32374)
N35260, Boeing 737 NG 824/W, United Airlines (30855)
XA-VAO, Airbus A320 232SL, VivaAeroBus (6875)
N517VL, Airbus A320 233, Volaris (4741)
XA-VOM, Airbus A320 233, Volaris (3624)


Imperial County

This field is located just North of El Centro town and East of the base. Ten minutes here gets you this little lot.

N4962X, Ayres/Rockwell Thrush-Commander S2R-600 (2170R)
N2245S, Ayres/Rockwell Thrush-Commander S2R-G1 (G1-106)
N56879, Boeing Stearman A75N1 PT-17 Kaydet (75-3992)
N64258, Cessna 172 (17265131)
N178JM, Cessna 182 (T18208534)
N94141, Cessna 206 (T20609051)
N713CB, Cessna 208 B (208B1106)
N823MA, Cessna 208 EX (208B5470)
N135CM, Eurocopter EC135 P2+ (0706)
N30RX, Eurocopter EC135 P2+ (1001)
N983CH, Pilatus PC-XII 47 (839)
N157RJ, Piper PA-28 Cherokee 236 Dakota (28-7911168)
N43966, Piper PA-28R Arrow 201 Arrow III (28R-7737139)
N5243M, Taylorcraft Model B -85 (10543)

On airways:
N335PH, Boeing 737 NG 800/W, American Airlines (31265)
N921NN, Boeing 737 NG 823/W, American Airlines (33229)
N973AV, Airbus A330 243, Avianca (1073)
N568TA, Airbus A321 231, Avianca El Salvador (2687)
N177FE, Boeing 767 300F, FedEx Express (63108)
N462WN, Boeing 737 NG 7H4/W, Southwest Airlines (32466)
N437UA, Airbus A320 232, United Airlines (655)
N36272, Boeing 737 NG 824/W, United Airlines (31590)

 

Yuma

By the time we got here, the sun was well and truly setting and it was a race against losing the light. We wondered that given the late cancellation of the Yuma show, whether there might be some “static” visible? There wasn’t but we did see a few based bits parked up.

Gate Guards:
158248, Bell HH-1N Iroquois, On Display, United States Marine Corps (31419)
150586/WE-01, Douglas Skyhawk A-4L, On Display, United States Marine Corps (12997)
158695/WF-00, Hawker Siddeley AV-8A Harrier, On Display, United States Marine Corps (712092/14)
148373/SH-13, McDonnell F-4B Phantom II, On Display, United States Marine Corps (58)
741570/11, Northrop F-5E Tiger II, On Display, United States Marine Corps (R.1266)

On the airfield:
166761/MV-43, Bell AH-1Z Super Cobra, VMX-1, United States Marine Corps (59006)
166759/MV-42, Bell AH-1Z Super Cobra, VMX-1, United States Marine Corps (59004)
168500/MV-31, Bell UH-1Y Venom, VMX-1, United States Marine Corps (55164/Y76)
166718/MV-04, Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey, VMX-1, United States Marine Corps (D0087)
168215/MV-01, Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey, VMX-1, United States Marine Corps (D0165)
N3052K, Beech 1900 C, Ameriflight (UB-70)
N1078N, Bell 206L (45389)
N766SK, Bombardier CRJ 700 701, SkyWest Airlines/American Eagle (10232)
N8720X, Cessna 182 (18253120)
N421Z, Cessna 421 (421-0077)
N639SC, Cessna 421 (421A0102)
N2796W, Mooney M.20 Super 21 (1072)
49-1620/TL-620, North American T-28A Trojan, N23ES, United States (159-132)
N299AM, Pilatus PC-XII 45 (236)
N317NA, Pilatus PC-XII 45 (223)
N652SC, Piper PA-31 Navajo P-425 Pressurised Navajo (31P-14)
N532Y, Vans RV- 7 A (70137)


Gila Bend

My photographs can be seen at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62861611@N08/49716492642/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/62861611@N08/49716177606/in/dateposted-public/

56-0112, McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, On Display, United States (352)
56-0130, McDonnell RF-101C Voodoo, On Display, United States (385)
N2144A, Piper PA-22 135 Tri-Pacer (22-582)

 

Phoenix/Sky Harbor

A mammoth day of driving and spotting and I was happy to rest my head that night at the E-Z 8 Motel Phoenix Airporter which is handily located within the extended centre lines of the runways at Sky Harbor. Some arrivals noted before zzzzzzzzz.

N238FR, Airbus A320 214SL, Frontier Airlines (7458)
N33103, Boeing 757 224/W, United Airlines (27293)
N563UW, Airbus A321 231, American Airlines (5368)
N806AW, Airbus A319 132, American Airlines (1056)
N821JB, Airbus A320 232SL, JetBlue Airways (5417)
N907AA, Airbus A321 231SL, American Airlines (7732)

 

Blog posts with pictures can be seen at;

http://www.oxfordaviationgroup.co.uk/blog/

 

Best regards,

Grant Robinson

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