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Out In The Desert

An hour or so outside of Los Angeles smack in the middle of the desert is Palmdale, the home the Air Force’s Plant 42 and the post Cold War home of Lockheed Martin’s famed Skunk Works. Just outside the fence line is a small park, run by the city of Palmdale. It houses a collection of the aircraft built at Plant 42 over the years and some of the more notable aircraft built by the Skunk Works, including the U2 and Blackbird.

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George Air Force Base- Part Two

And the rest of the images from the former George Air Force Base.

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George Air Force Base

About an hour and a half drive out of Los Angeles is the former George Air Force Base. It was originally built during World War Two as a pilot training base and during the Korean war it was greatly expanded and remained a major training base for fighter pilots until it was closed in 1993. Today it houses several companies that paint commercial airliners as well as some distribution centers. But a lot of the old base is still standing and in various states of usage.

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A Sacramento Excursion

The former Mather Air Force Base outside of Sacramento, California was closed in the huge BRAC round of closures following the end of the Cold War. A lot of the base has been converted into an industrial/ business park but there were some parts of the old base still around.

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Going Back To Castle

A few years ago I made my first trip out to the former Castle Air Force Base not only to explore the base but to check out the fabulous Castle Air Museum. Not too long ago I found myself in the area again and decided to take a second look around.

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Cold War Goodness: Sayonara California

Alrighty, just a few last pictures from my Cold War Project shooting trip to the San Francisco area. These are from a visit to the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Its a pretty small privately owned museum that has a pretty large collection of Cold War aircraft.