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A Day In The Life Of The Victorville Storage FacilityWith a capacity to store up to 500 aircraft, it can be quite a surreal sight at Victorville Airport. The site is often dubbed an aircraft boneyard. However, there is a lot more to it than that, with plenty of activity at the Southern Californian airport. Simple Flying spoke with John Kilmer, an aircraft maintenance technician at Victorville to find out more about what happens at the scene. (simpleflying.com) More...
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On the west side of the field, VW was storing 10,000+ vehicles with diesel engines that they had to buy back. When I was there in November, they were all gone. Right now they are probably on used car lots throughout Central and South America.
I was stationed there for 8 months after returning from VietNam in 1969. Was a crew chief on F4-E model Phantoms. I enjoyed my time there, good food, 9 hole golf course and nearby Victorville and Apple Valley. About 10 years ago I was able to enter and drive around at will. No longer, unless you know someone who can get you in.
'Went through F4 Phantom RTU(pilot training) at George in 1971. It was a great base and flying area. I went back to visit in Nov. 2001 and could not believe that the gov't let base housing crumble instead of selling or renting it out to the locals. I'd fly over George on many flights from LAX to the east coast and would look down at the base covered with parked airliners.
Served there for 2 years with the F106's I would go back.
I was stationed at GAFB in the 70s and attached to the 35 TFW. I have been back to the old base a few times and am always shocked at how different it looks. I guess they have left the 'bare bones' of housing and barracks due to the very high cost of demolition and worries over asbestos used in construction. Its good to see the airfield is still in use as are a number of hangers. Too bad there are so many old aircraft corroding in the desert sun there.
I showed up at Mojave KMHV ~2006 and asked for a tour, the nice gentleman (security) told me there are no tours and no public allowed in...but if I happen to be around the back door in 10 minutes with $20 falling out of my pocket something good might happen. He turned out to be a retired air force pilot and we drove around the field in his van for over an hour. I could have just talked to him for days the stories he had, never mind the gems in the boneyard. The 'Gimli Glider' had just arrived for scrapping (after attempts to preserve her failed), he didn't know the story so I shared it with him. His stories were way better. Best $20 I ever spent.