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Lineup in Goodyear

The planning for my 2,5 weeks USA west coast  journey began over 2 years ago after my trip to Miami in 2010.

After the flights from Salzburg (SZG) via Frankfurt (FRA) and Denver (DEN) to Phoenix (PHX), Arizona, with a 2 hours delay in Denver due to thunderstorms, we just went to our hotel.

We started the next day by visiting the Goodyear airport, a small airportwich is used by flightschools (e.g. Lufthansa) and as a boneyard.

Vision Airlines Boeing 767-2Q8/ER
Vision Airlines
Boeing 767-2Q8/ER
Safi Airways Airbus A320-212
Safi Airways
Airbus A320-212

After Goodyear we visited the

Breakfast at the parkdeck in Phoenix.
Breakfast at the parkdeck in Phoenix.

Phoenix International Airport, lot of US Airways, more US Airways, a few Southwest Airlines and a bit more US Airways. But we saw also some special liveries (e.g. Alaska’s “Portland Timbers” and US Airways’ “Nevada”)

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In the evening we drove from Phoenix to Tucson. On the way we made a short visit in Coolidge and the National Air Response.

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On the second day we were at the Tucson International Airport, few pre-served aircraft e.g. The Flying Hospital Tristar.

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The following shots are from the Davis-Monthan Air Force Case (around 4.300 pre-served US Air Force aircraft). We also did a ramp tour on the AMARG boneyard.

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After the ramp tour we visited the Pima Air and Space Museum. Here some example shots.

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our lunch at the Pima Air and Space museum after a hard spotting tour at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Pima Air and Space Museum
our lunch at the Pima Air and Space museum after a hard spotting tour at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Pima Air and Space Museum

In the morning of day 3 we visited the Pinal Airpark (also known as Marana).

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On the way from Tucson, Arizona to San Diego, California we passed rainshowers and a sandstorm.

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But at the end, we reached San Diego in beautiful sunset light.

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Next day we visited Tijuana, Mexico next to the US border. You can make pictures from the US side of the border, so you don’t have to cross it.

The rest of the day we relaxed in San Diego by some nice specials.

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Royal New Zealand Air Force C130
Royal New Zealand Air Force C130

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Our dinner at Taco Bell
Our dinner at Taco Bell

On our last day in San Diego we visited the USS Midway Museum (Aircraft carrier) and in the evening we drove from San Diego to Los Angeles, were we visited the Santa Ana (John Wayne) International Airport  and the Los Angeles International Airport for some night shots.

Santa Ana (John Wayne) International Airport
Santa Ana (John Wayne) International Airport
Nightshot from the parkdeck at LAX
Nightshot from the parkdeck at LAX

 

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