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LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-25 15:54:30
LoneStarOne pictureHawk Minihawk at Roy Williams Airport
looks like one of those Bede microjets .
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-15 07:40:03
LoneStarOne pictureHidden Fouga magister in Percy hospital
Excellent find! A courtyard display, perhaps?
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-13 21:55:17
LoneStarOne pictureF-15 Eagle with Strange Paint Job at Nellis AFB
I believe that that F-15 wears a Flanker style camoflauge scheme with a medium gray radome and two tone light blue gray camouflage. Just a bit over from this Eagle is one in a two tone desert scheme, also an aggressor.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-13 19:44:01
LoneStarOne pictureFormer Nuclear Weapons Bunkers at Orlando International Airport
dang chubby fingers!

time employee of the airport who worked in an operations capacity. I was hoping perhaps someone else had heard of this as well.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-13 19:41:52
LoneStarOne pictureFormer Nuclear Weapons Bunkers at Orlando International Airport
That's why l posted "from what l have heard "as l was told that bit about fireworks storage from someone who was a long
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-13 17:59:45
LoneStarOne pictureAccident Waiting To Happen?
I'll be sure to scour Bolivia, then. :D
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-13 13:21:52
LoneStarOne pictureAccident Waiting To Happen?
How about some bus plunge shots, then?
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-12 22:20:05
LoneStarOne pictureScary runway skid marks at March AFB
Crosswind landing, perhaps?
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-12 18:12:00
LoneStarOne pictureSeveral Beech RC-12 Guardrail ELINT/COMINT at Hunter Army Airfield
No problem, VGT is a wonderful exercise in armchair plane spotting!
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-12 17:05:12
LoneStarOne pictureFounder's Plaza at DFW Airport
Just an update for my fellow DFW airplane geeks the new observation area is supposed to be done by this fall sometime.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-12 13:52:08
LoneStarOne pictureBeech RC-12 Guardrail ELINT/COMINT aircraft
Looks like it's pale gray with quite a forest of antennas coming off of it. Tip tanks appear black, all of which point to this being one of the Beech RC-12 Guardrail ELINT/COMINT aircraft.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-12 13:49:28
LoneStarOne pictureT-38 Talon at El Paso International
Looks like a NASA bird with a sunshield erected in the cockpit (an obvious necessity in El Paso! I've seen NASA's T-38s at KELP on a pretty regular basis over the years.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-12 10:41:39
LoneStarOne pictureHillcrest Airport (Neighborhood with Runway)
Lucky folks! all I get from my homeowners' association is grief that I don't conform to their Stepford Wives template!
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-11 23:09:12
LoneStarOne pictureRemains of Great Southwest Airport
I'd heard that there is a service tunnel that ran underneath the runway that now is used by AMR headquarters employees to exercise and take walks during lunch breaks.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-11 21:10:25
LoneStarOne pictureMiG 15 and BAC Jet Provost at Portland Hillsboro Airport
I showed my friend this map and he told me that it's very likely that he's the one sitting in the cockpit of the Jet Provost in that shot as they were testing its engines. There is a ground power unit hooked up to the jet that you can see in that shot that they used to test the systems after they'd restored it.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-11 12:41:40
LoneStarOne pictureMiG 15 and BAC Jet Provost at Portland Hillsboro Airport
The second plane is a Jet Provost. A friend of mine is part of the group of pilots that restored/owns those two aircraft and they have a MiG-15 and a Jet Provost and are looking at getting other jet warbirds as well. I'm quite certain of this as I've seen pics of both aircraft he took.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-11 12:07:21
LoneStarOne pictureF-16 Fighting Falcon being towed
I can't quite make out the tail markings, but there is an air defense detachment at March ARB in Riverside that's usually the jurisdiction of the Air National Guard's F-16 units. Traditionally it's been the 144th Fighter Wing from Fresno who staffed the March ARB detachment, but these don't look like the tails of the 144th FW and might be another unit rotated in for alert duties.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-11 12:04:04
LoneStarOne pictureCivilian airliner on March AFB
That is a 757-300 of ATA (American Trans Air)- based out of Indianapolis, ATA flies scheduled/charter flights and their charter flights carry mostly military personnel back home on leave. They typically will use a 757-200/300 or one of their Lockheed Tristars on military trooping charters.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-10 12:41:22
LoneStarOne pictureAustin Airport Hilton
It's nickname when Bergstrom was still an active base was "Roundagon". I'd heard that when it was being refurbished into a hotel, they had to evict a big bat colony along with their large load of bat guano!
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-10 12:24:02
LoneStarOne pictureUnidentified missile site
Looks like an old Nike Ajax missile site that's since been reused for possibly training by the Army's Air Defense Artillery school at Fort Bliss.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-10 12:18:10
LoneStarOne pictureEC-130H Compass Call
I agree, it's not an EC-130H Compass Call bird. See this link: http://www.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet_media.asp?fsID=190

There are two very prominent fairings on each side of the aft fuselage which should be clearly visible at the resolution of the GM photo.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-10 12:15:31
LoneStarOne pictureAirliner Boneyard
That's quite a distance from the airport property, I wonder how they got them out there without disassembling them? FWIW, those are MD-11s in the colors of German charter airline LTU.

During the early 1990s you could see a lot of stored Pan Am aircraft at KAMA right after they ceased operations.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-10 12:12:25
LoneStarOne pictureF-35 at Fort Worth NAS
That's not the F-35 or the F-15, I believe it's the JAST (Joint Advanced Strike Technology) ground test article that was used to develop vertical take off lift fan technologies that ultimately ended up in the Joint Strike Fighter/F-35. It never was meant to fly, the test article was suspended from a test gantry to study engine behavior in vertical flight.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-10 08:07:32
LoneStarOne pictureLow Approach to San Antonio International
Good find, that appears to be the new Sino-Swearingen SJ30 business jet which I believe is being built right there at San Antonio- Swearingen is long associated with KSAT, having built Merlins and Metroliners there for years.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-10 07:50:36
LoneStarOne pictureDouglas DC-3s at Gainesville Municipal Airport
There's also a B-25 Mitchell, a Convair 340/C-131, and three Convair 440s next to those DC-3s. This is a lot more than there used to be compared to the last time I was at KGLE which was about 4 years ago when this corner of the field only held two CV440s.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-10 07:41:17
LoneStarOne pictureAccident Waiting To Happen?
Could just be open storage. Those are Iberia Airlines A300s and they're pretty long in the tooth and close to retirement if they haven't already been put out to pasture. It's not unusual to use an little used section of taxiway for that purpose.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-09 22:07:40
LoneStarOne pictureClassic Warbirds outside Cavanaugh Flight Museum at Addison Airport
That's the Cavanaugh Flight Museum at Addison Airport. In the courtyard between the two hangars to the south is an F-104 Starfighter.

Link: http://www.cavanaughflightmuseum.com/
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-09 18:51:37
LoneStarOne pictureFounder's Plaza at DFW Airport
As of January of this year, Founders' Plaza is now closed as that area will be part of the new perimeter taxiway system at DFW. There is supposed to be a new viewing park on the northwest side near the UPS ramps just off Texan Trail, but I don't think any ground has been broken there yet.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-09 16:22:43
LoneStarOne pictureDodge City Airport
This is the former Dodge City Army Air Field built in 1943 to train USAAF medium bomber crews (B-25 Mitchell, B-26 Marauder). Free French Air Force crews were also trained there. The base was closed sometime in the late 1940s and was listed as abandoned on section charts by the early 60s.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-09 16:16:47
LoneStarOne picture"Fat Annie" ATL-98 Carvair at Grayson County Airport
Interesting find, Grayson County Airport near Sherman, TX, is the former Perrin AFB where they trained Air Defense Command interceptor crews in the 1950s and 1960s (F-86Ds, then F-102As). For years there was an active scrapping business there which has tailed off in the last several years.

The DC-9 and DC-8 prototypes I believe were scrapped at Grayson as well.
LoneStarOne @ 2007-05-08 16:37:30
LoneStarOne pictureAir France 747 - Broken Up
This is an ex-747-100 that was once F-BPVN with Air France and used today at the FAA technical center in OKC for air marshal training.

Photo: http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0381197/M/