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Doce Fire: Days 1 + 2

By: Category: AirtankersWarbird

3C5T0028   I woke up around noon on Tuesday and there were photos of some smoke on my Facebook feed. A small brush fire around Granite or Iron Springs, I thought; the location was right, the size wasn't. Wednesday night the fire was at over 7000 acres and 0% containment. As sad and destructive as they might seem, wildfires provide a great opportunity for airtanker aficionados and connoisseurs to gather around the airport perimeter and take photos, it also provides some entertainment for the families who have never seen planes this big at the local airport. Prescott sees only a handful of scheduled flights, and after Horizon pulled out, left Great Lakes and their Beech 1900Ds as the only scheduled passenger planes, and Ameriflight's daily run with a Metro or a 1900C as the only cargo run...Read More

A Night Of Specials

By: Category: PHXSpotting

XE7D_7622_1200_N733UW Last weekend I was in Phoenix with a friend and we stopped at Sky Harbor for a bit. It was only supposed to be a couple of hours but then we got word that the US Airways Steelers logojet was due at 2200, so we stayed longer. Read More

El Centro Photocall Feb 2013

By: Category: PhorocallsRoad tripsUncategorized

1552__640x400_x3c5t8661 Last Thursday the NAF El Centro held it's first photocall of the year. PHX Spotters was given five spots. The Sorting Hat was quickly brought out of storage and it indicated that Felipe, Jason, Kyle, Peter Van Dyke and Jared were to go (Unfortunately, the sorting hat doesn't always consider real life commitments, and Jared was unable to go). The day started out circa 0730 by the world-famous hay bales, where there was some practice activity, a slow morning, however. Shortly after that, a cloud of dust behind a red SUV announced the arrival of Felipe, who was traveling separate from the group. Then the Blue Angels started their morning practice, buzzed the large crowd and allowed for plenty of pictures. After they landed, the morning fun was over...Read More

Coolidge Feb 2013

By: Category: CoolidgeFly-inUncategorized

E7D_4802_800_N160AA I finally got a chance to go to Coolidge. Between school work and a messed up sleep schedule I hadn't had a chance to. Plenty of planes including some interesting biplanes, as well as plenty of Canadian registrations. From what I hear March is the best due to the Cactus Fly-In, which is held the same weekend in nearby Casa Grande, so warbirds go to Coolidge in the morning and then fly to Casa Grande. Read More