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« on: December 30, 2015, 02:47:29 PM »

Campers in Death Valley are buzzed by F-18s from nearby Edwards AFB, according to the article.

http://worldwarwings.com/campers-go-crazy-when-pilots-show-off-inside-death-valley?a=mk&var=ww2-f18-deathvalley

Wherever this is, I'd like to spend a night or two there.

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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2015, 02:49:29 PM »

Mmmmmmm.

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-jedi-transition-a-canyon-that-fighter-pilots-love-1678453195

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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2015, 03:09:23 PM »

They most likely come from NAS Lemoore, NAWS China Lake, Nellis or the California ANG out of Fresno.  It is not out of the realm they come from Edwards but they would not be F-18's.  

 There is a huge area that runs from China Lake all the way to NAS Pt. Mugu that is restricted airspace for use by the military.  

It is not a difficult location to get to.  From Phoenix it is a bit of a long drive though.  

The issue with going out there is you can sit there all day long and get nothing flying through the area.  There is no way to know what is going to happen that day.    
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2015, 03:24:28 PM »


Yes it is true....

https://www.google.com/search?q=Jedi+Transition&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

PDF for the user brief from Edwards:   http://www.edwards.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-110126-047.pdf

'Star Wars Canyon'  or 'Jedi Transition' from the Father Crowley Point in Death Valley:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqXqG2sVnV0

Flickr Group:   https://www.flickr.com/groups/rainbow_canyon/
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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2015, 04:50:18 PM »

We should try to put together an AzAP camping trip out there this spring.

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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2015, 01:59:57 AM »

Earlier in the spring would be better as the light gets worse as you get closer to summer.  No need to rough it either (I don't think you can camp overnight at the canyon anyway, but I might be wrong about that) as there are a few small towns nearby with motels.  Like Eric said though, it can be a crapshoot in terms of activity. 

One cool thing I noticed looking on Google maps is that there's an abandoned mining town named after my wife's great-great-great grandfather (John Lourie Beveridge, who was Governor of Illinois from 1873 to 1877) that's not too far from the Canyon.  Apparently it's really difficult to access, but still kind of cool.  
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2015, 05:28:33 PM »

Apparently it's really difficult to access, but still kind of cool.  



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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2016, 10:20:28 AM »

I go camping at hot springs in the Saline Valley, which is part of Death Valley National Park. It is a popular place for planes flying out of Edwards, China Lake, Lemoore, and Fallon.  The hot spring itself is a navigational way point on low altitude routes through the valley.  You can count on seeing several fighters fly over the camp every weekday.
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