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Hi Desert Warrior

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Whats the latest on the Chicken strip? Is it operational for fly ins?
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Arrived in Palm Spring pools on Sunday and Monday was treated by a low flying F-22 Raptor. Later in the day there were two fly overs by F-18's, in a two plane formation. Both flights were high and over the peace sign. About 20 people were at the springs but due to very high winds on Monday night, everyone left Tuesday morning including me.
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Arrived at the Palm Springs last Sunday, about 2 PM.  It was 105 degrees with hot wind blowing.  No air activity as it was Sunday.  Monday the temp drop to 102 degrees with hot air blowing.  Around 11 AM had a treat of a B-1 Bomber fly over the peace sign, no other aircraft for the rest of the day.  Tuesday the temp was down to the low 90's and a few fly overs by F-18s.  Had a plane do a wig wag when I waved at it.  Early afternoon a Navy Sea Hawk circled the lower springs and started to descend toward the Chicken Strip but hovered for a second over the strip.  Must have spotted the X mark on the strip it flew back over the lower springs and toward China Lake.  Wednesday it was a great day, clear skies, temp in the mid 80's, little to no wind.  A few fly overs, one was a C-130H about 800 feet above the ground.  Very late in the day four F-18s flew over at the same time from Steele Pass.  Two passed over Palm Springs and the other two flew over the peace sign.  I left Thursday, no more ice and a little sun burned, weather was great in the mid 70's at 10 AM.
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The crash was on landing not takeoff.
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I guess I mis read the story. I thought the plane over shot the runway on landing and not on take off. If that was the case then weather would have nothing to due with it as it would have been pilot error. Taking off is another story where weather can be the problem with altitude and temp. I was in taxi position at Lone Pine, one day, and watch a V tail Bonanza take off with loaded fuel tanks. He barely got it off the ground and cleared the power lines at the end of the runway. It was a clear day with the temp. in the 90's. I was in a C-172 and had to do climbing 360's to clear the Inyo mountains toward Saline Valley. Just saying.
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Michelle and I were driving north on 395 on Monday, June 13th.  We saw the aircraft on a trailer being towed south through Lone Pine.  We both recognized it immediately from the photos posted on the various Death Valley forums.

I'm glad they got it out.  Now it's time for the very fortunate pilot to go back to school on density altitude!
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I was there last Wednesday and Lee said they brought out a crane and hauled it out in one piece on a flatbed truck.  He also mentioned it was 118 that day which might have something to do with light air.  Only 114 day and low of 100 at 4:00am Wednesday 6-22-2016.
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I live in Nevada City area and Chuck Yeager has been a local for decades.  He was a test pilot for the F-104 development and owns one to this day.  I think he's been medically disqualified, and so of all his planes, that one-seater rarely flies anymore.  He's been known to go up with a buddy in a 2-seater and poach the stick.

I live along final for the county airport (though far enough out that only a few go over me) and it's been a few years since I have seen Chuck's 104.  It's black though, not silver... [smile]  But one of the buddies might have taken a spin.
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What is the latest on the crash airplane? Is it still there? If there was minor tail damage, it look like it could be righted and flown out.
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True, but this one kinda looked like a F-104. But I am sure it was not, as a 104 has a single internal engine and this one had two external engines one on each side and possible a third internal one. A true UFO.
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There are a number 104s in private hands. it'd be a very exciting joy ride for some uber-wealthy jet pilot to buzz the springs!
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As for the T-38, I have flown in one and that wasn't even close to what I saw. The T-38 trainer is a very loud bird and you have to wear ear plugs if not wearing a headset, just like the C-130. I have seen two B-1 Bombers at the springs. One was flying solo from Steel Pass and over the peace sign. A couple of months later I saw another one traveling the same direction and route. It had an escort with two V-22s. If only I had a photo of the strange bird that I saw. It would have been a real prize to the collection.
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Yeah, and Reagan didn't kill anything either.  The B-1A program was killed by Carter and then shortly after entering office Reagan revived the program as the B-1B with somewhat different specifications as the cancelled B-1A.  The B-1B is still in service and has been used extensively in combat during the past decade and a half.  So much so that the fleet is becoming difficult to maintain with parts needing to be stripped from multiple aircraft to keep a single one flying.  It is pretty common to see them flying in Eureka, Saline and Panamint Valleys.
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The B1-B has been in use since the mid 1980s and are frequently seen in the large training area that includes Owens and Death Valleys.
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I would love to see a picture of those B-1's.  That bomber was introduced during the Carter era and Reagan killed it.  Hope you're not confusing it with the "Bat Wing" B-2 Stealth Bomber.  My most memorable flyby was a B-52 coming over Steele and Palm Spring at 400ft.  Two or Three years ago.  Big jets are cool. 
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