Category Road trips

Members of PHX Spotters Day 2011

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Here is a little group photo that was taken by Felipe during our recent PHX Spotters Day 2011. From Left to Right Felipe, Jason, Josh, Joe Kates, Ron, Kyle, Ken who flew into town from CA just for the day. During the day we met up with some other members of PHX Spotters. Our next big event is being planned for October 2011 so stay posted. You can see more of our pictures here. http://phxspotters.com/forums/airports-111/phx-spotters-day-5-29-2011/Read More

End of Coolidge Fly-in Season 2011

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A few weeks ago, when I got a message from Jason telling me about the Coolidge fly-in this Saturday, I wasn't sure if I wanted to go, part of me said yes, part of me said it's a bit of a long drive (Google said 3 hrs 20) for a morning event. Eventually I decided I was going no matter what and made sure I had Saturday free. I left for Coolidge around 5 AM (30 minutes late!) and thanks to the lack of traffic, made it to Coolidge around 7:45 (after getting slightly lost).
I had a completely different idea of the airport and the fly-in, first of all, the hangar is a massive WWII hangar that's still mostly original, and there's no fences. Yes, no fences...
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Spotting at (KIWA) Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

By: Category: FriendsRoad tripsUncategorizedWillie

The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport was built in 1941 and opened as Williams Air Base.  It was used to train military pilots during World War II, and converted to training of jet pilots until the decision to close the base was made in 1991.  Prior to closing in 1993, growing traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport lead to the consideration of keeping the airport in operation for civilian use.  The airport was opened in 1994 as Williams Gateway airport, eventually being designated by the FAA as a “reliever” airport to address growing congestion at Sky Harbor. Today the airport is used for a multitude of purposes, and offers spotting opportunities unlike those available at the Valley’s largest airport – Sky Harbor...Read More

B-29 SUPERFORTRESS “FIFI” visits Deer Valley Airport (KDVT)

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Last Tuesday, April 12, me and some friends traveled down to Deer Valley to watch Fifi, the only airworthy B-29 in the world. We woke up at 5 to get ready for the trip down from Prescott, breakfast and other preparations, and got to DVT around 8:30. Much to our disappointment, all the planes were late; we were informed that the B-17 and B-25 of the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force were going to arrive between 10 and 10:30, and that the B-29, flown by the Texas wing, wouldn't make it until 11-12. This was a 2 to 3 hour delay from the originally published time. We then headed to the terminal building to ask about the observation deck, and proceeded to the deck to watch planes for a while and to see the WWII planes land...Read More