Proposed West coast trip in late Jan 2025

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Proposed West coast trip in late Jan 2025

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I am proposing a West coast trip in late January 2025 to coincide with 2-3 days at Nellis Red Flag 25-1

This trip will include 2-3 days at Sidewinder, north of Bakersfield for some low level 'in the valley' fast jet action.
Seen in the last year through Sidewinder include F-16's, F-18's, T-38's, F-117's, F-15's, F-22's, F-35's, C-12C's, and Edwards test birds. Over the top have been other larger aircraft, such as B-52's.

After sidewinder, we can visit Edwards, Palmdale and various museums etc, or just high tail it down to Tucson for Pima, working our way back via phoenix, yuma, north island, then back out for a day or 2 to Nellis again.

Nothing is fixed apart from 2-3 days at Red Flag, and 2-3 days at Sidewinder, the rest is up to the majority vote, while out there.

What will it cost? well you will be expected to pay a percentage of each thing we do..... so, saying a large minivan seating 8 people, we only take 6, the cost of the minivan and ensurance / 6 persons is that cost.
Same for fuel, 1/6th of the cost

Food and drink is up to you to buy, as are any museum entry costs (pima for example, or march field).

Pima gets you practically every US military aircraft, fighter, transport, bombers B-58, B-36, B-45, B-17, B-52, and so on. Its an amazing place opposite AMARG, and Davis Monthan.

The airfare to Vegas is up to you to organise. I will do the rest, and all the driving. Each day we will stop and shop for food and drink for the following day.

All those interested up until the day of departure to Vegas, can still chat together on line or a chat room to discuss their choices of museums / bases to visit, but please remember it is a majority rules decicion for all venues except Nellis and Sidewinder.

Am thinking 10-14 days out there (again majority rules).

If your interested, please make yourself known here soonest, and your views on where to go etc.

Here's a link to Sidewinder and some great shots of what you could see.....
https://www.vcm-photography.co.uk/galle ... n_usa.html

And i am currently in touch with my contacts for great places in Sidewinder to go and photograph, including 1 or 2 vantage points where you look down on the fast jets going through.

And here's some video of sidewinder taken this last year....


Hope the idea appeals, plus getting some January sun on your backs.
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