USA West Coast Tour 2020

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From Saturday 7 March to Friday 20 March 2020 (Homecoming on 21st March) we will visit the West Coast of America to see the USAF, USMC, USAR and the USN at work.

As America is huge compared to our low countries and we sometimes have to travel a considerable distance, there is a chance that we will arrive late at the hotel and that we have to get out a little earlier in the morning to get the maximum out of this trip, please take this into account.
The distances and driving times are purely informative and can therefore deviate from unforeseen circumstances.

Below you will find the provisional planning & additional information about this tour.
Departure place and time from Brussels Zaventem are informative and may differ from your personal choice.
All times mentioned are local.

The pictures are only informative and illustrative and therefore do not give 100% certainty that we will see these aircraft!!!

All marked with ** are adjustments made on February 1, 2020.

Provisional planning

Day 1: Saturday 7 March

Departure to Los Angeles

Day 1: March 7

Departure to
Los Angeles

Meeting at Brussels Zaventem airport* between 09h30** and 09h45** with the rest of the participants.
Around10h00*** we check in together for the flight with Air New Zealand* to Los Angeles*.

* Depending on your chosen departure place, airline and flights.

Flight details

Flight:
Brussels Zaventem = > London Heathrow
Airline:
British Airways
Flight number:
BA 393**
Departure:
Saturday 7 March at 11h55**
Arrival:
Saturday 7 March around 12h10**
Flight Duration:
01h20
Aircraft:
Airbus A319*
* Subject to change

Transfer Time
03h20**

Flight:
London Heathrow = > Los Angeles
Airline:
Air New Zealand
Flight number:
NZ 001
Departure:
Saturday 7 March at 15h15
Arrival:
Saturday 7 March around 18h40
Flight Duration:
11h25
Aircraft:
Boeing 777-300*
* Subject to change
Flight:
Brussels Zaventem = > London Heathrow
Airline:
British Airways
Flight number:
BA 393**
Departure:
Saturday 7 March at 11h55**
Arrival:
Saturday 7 March around 12h10**
Flight Duration:
01h20
Aircraft:
Airbus A319*
* Subject to change

Transfer Time
03h20**

Flight:
London Heathrow = > Los Angeles
Airline:
Air New Zealand
Flight number:
NZ 001
Departure:
Saturday 7 March at 15h15
Arrival:
Saturday 7 March around 18h40
Flight Duration:
11h25
Aircraft:
Boeing 777-300*
* Subject to change

Since NAS Fallon’s basic visit had to be moved due to circumstances, we drive on to San Diego after arriving in LA and picking up the rental car to spend the night there.

Day 2: Sunday March 8th

Visit the USS Midway**

Day 2: March 8

Visit to the
USS Midway**

After a well-deserved night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, we visit the museum aircraft carrier USS Midway**.

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Then we visit the Top Gun Bar, known for the film of the same name**.

TG_BAR_4

Day 3: Monday 9 March

Spotting North Island**

Day 3: 9 March

Spotting North Island**

Located on the north side of the Coronado Peninsula on San Diego Bay, Naval Air Station North Island or NAS North Island is home to several aircraft carriers from the United States Navy.

The airport has more than 230 stationed aircraft and the quay wall is home to two aircraft carriers: USS Carl Vinson and the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Shortly after noon we will leave for Rainbow Canyon to stay nearby.

USMC
MV-22B
UH-1Y
AH-1W/Z
F-35B
AV-8B (+)
F-5N
RQ-21A
UC-12F
HH-1H
Boeing EA-18G
Serial: 168380 (NG-504)
Copyright: Michael Stolle

Located on the north side of the Coronado Peninsula on San Diego Bay, Naval Air Station North Island or NAS North Island is home to several aircraft carriers from the United States Navy.

The airport has more than 230 stationed aircraft and the quay wall is home to two aircraft carriers: USS Carl Vinson and the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

In addition, it is home to the only Deep submerged Rescue vehicles, Mystic (DSRV-1) and Avalon (DSRV-2) of the Navy.
The DSRV ships for the support also have their home port here.

Boeing EA-18G
Serial: 168380 (NG-504)
Copyright: Michael Stolle
USMC
MV-22B
UH-1Y
AH-1W/Z
F-35B
AV-8B (+)
F-5N
RQ-21A
UC-12F
HH-1H

Day 4: Tuesday 10 March

Spotting Star Wars Canyon/Jedi Transition

Day 4: March 10

Star Wars Canyon
-
Jedi Transition

Boeing F/A-18C
Serial: 164716 (XE-333)
Copyright: Michael Stolle

On Tuesday morning we will go to the Low Flying Area at Father Crowley Point.

Here the jets fly at speeds of more than 600km/u into the short curvy canyon which produces very spectacular pictures and images.

F-15, F-16, F-18, A-10, T-38, F-35, C-17,…
USAF, USMC, USN, NASA,…
Just too much to mention.

And during the quiet periods you can enjoy the absolute silence that reigns there.

** ATTENTION: Since last summer, there has been a no-fly zone to fly through Rainbow Canyon after a deadly plane crash.
To date, there has been no decision to lift this no-fly zone, but the aircraft may fly over the canyon at 1500ft AGL.
So we will stay on site for one day anyway to see this spectacle and we will stay in the area.

Day 5: Wednesday 11 March

Spotting Star Wars Canyon/Jedi Transition

Day 5: March 11

Star Wars Canyon
-
Jedi Transition

Depending on whether the no-fly zone has been lifted by Rainbow Canyon or not, we have 2 possibilities today:

– If the no-fly zone is lifted, we’ll continue to mock the Jedi Transition for a whole day, and we’ll leave for Las Vegas around 17h00.

– If the no-fly zone is not lifted, we will leave for Las Vegas after breakfast, so that we can spot half a day at Nellis AFB.

Boeing EA-18G
Serial: A46-302
Copyright: Michael Stolle

Day 6: Thursday 12 March

Red Flag 20-2

Day 6: March 12

Red Flag 20-2

Lockheed Martin F-16C
Serial: 87-0267 (WA-67)
Copyright: Michael Stolle

Welcome to Las Vegas.

This bustling city that never sleeps is the scene of breathtaking hotels and the many illuminations along the Strip.
The most famous hotels and artists Here are the major attractions, but those who have no interest in them can always gamble on one of the nearly 200,000 slots.

We are going to see this city closely after spotting at Red Flag 20-2 near Nellis AFB.

Almost every major air force has ever participated in this important exercise in which the Blue Force has to defeat the Red Force.

With the wind in the right direction, and in the right place you will be able to take beautiful pictures.

USAF
A-10C
F-15C/D/E
F-16C/CM/DM
F-35A
EC-130H
RC-135U/V/W
E-8C
E-3B/C/G
MQ-9A
HH-60G
HC-130J
F-22A

Welcome to Las Vegas.

This bustling city that never sleeps is the scene of breathtaking hotels and the many illuminations along the Strip.
The most famous hotels and artists Here are the major attractions, but those who have no interest in them can always gamble on one of the nearly 200,000 slots.

We are going to see this city closely after spotting at Red Flag 20-2 near Nellis AFB.

Almost every major air force has ever participated in this important exercise in which the Blue Force has to defeat the Red Force.

With the wind in the right direction, and in the right place you will be able to take beautiful pictures.

Lockheed Martin F-16C
Serial: 87-0267 (WA-67)
Copyright: Michael Stolle
USAF
A-10C
F-15C/D/E
F-16C/CM/DM
F-35A
EC-130H
RC-135U/V/W
E-8C
E-3B/C/G
MQ-9A
HH-60G
HC-130J
F-22A

Day 7: Friday 13th March

Red Flag 20-2

Day 7: March 13

Red Flag 20-2

USAF
A-10C
F-15C/D/E
F-16C/CM/DM
F-35A
EC-130H
RC-135U/V/W
E-8C
E-3B/C/G
MQ-9A
HH-60G
HC-130J
F-22A
Dassault Mirage 2000-9AED
Serial: 735
Copyright: Michael Stolle

Oh well, why not.

2nd day spotters fun under an azure sky with a beautiful radiant sun.
What else should a military plane spotter have?

But to all the beautiful and fun things comes an end, so also to our stay in Las Vegas.
After leaving this incredible city we drive towards Grand Canyon, with another short stop at the Hoover Dam as time allows us.

From the “hot” desert to the “cold” Grand Canyon.

Oh well, why not.

2nd day spotters fun under an azure sky with a beautiful radiant sun.
What else should a military plane spotter have?

But to all the beautiful and fun things comes an end, so also to our stay in Las Vegas.
After leaving this incredible city we drive towards Grand Canyon, with another short stop at the Hoover Dam as time allows us.

From the “hot” desert to the “cold” Grand Canyon.

USAF
A-10C
F-15C/D/E
F-16C/CM/DM
F-35A
EC-130H
RC-135U/V/W
E-8C
E-3B/C/G
MQ-9A
HH-60G
HC-130J
F-22A
Dassault Mirage 2000-9AED
Serial: 735
Copyright: Michael Stolle

Day 8: Saturday March 14th

Grand Canyon

Day 8: March 14

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona
Over the course of millions of years, the Colorado water has created this gorge in the landscape.
This extreme erosion became possible because the area in which the gorge lies further upwards.

The Colorado erodes about 16cm per 1000 years.
The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,093 feet or 1,857 meters)

According to measurements, the rock that is now exposed is about 2 billion years old.
The geological structure is part of the Grand Staircase.

After our visit to the Grand Canyon we drive further to Phoenix to spend the night there.

Day 9: Sunday March 15

Pima Air & Space Museum

Day 9: March 15

Pima Air
&
Space Museum

After our overnight stay in Phoenix, before we drive to Tucson, we take a look at the Mesa Gateway Airport to see if there are military aircraft spending the weekend.

Then we drive to the Pima Air & Space Museum.

This is the largest non governmental funded military Airplane Museum of America.
More than 300 aircraft are exhibited on an area of 320,000 m2.

Overnight we do Tucson.

Day 10: Monday 16 March

Boneyard & Spotting Davis Monthan AFB

Day 10: March 16

Boneyard
&
Spotting
Davis Monthan AFB

After 2 days of “kicking off”, we will hit it again.

During the first hours after sunrise, the participants who have chosen this option can experience their flight above the Boneyard.
Then it is time for the bustour of the Boneyard, which will take place according to the number of flights at 11h00 or 14h00.

If the wind is coming from the right direction, those who do not take part in the above-mentioned ride can spot some aircraft from Davis Monthan at walking distance from the museum.

USAF
A-10C
HH-60G
HC-130J
EC-130H
MQ-9A
F-16CM/DM
Republic Fairchild A-10C
Serial: 82-0647 (DM)
Copyright: Michael Stolle

After 2 days of “kicking off”, we will hit it again.

During the first hours after sunrise, the participants who have chosen this option can experience their flight above the Boneyard.
Then it is time for the bustour of the Boneyard, which will take place according to the number of flights at 11h00 or 14h00.

If the wind is coming from the right direction, those who do not take part in the above-mentioned ride can spot some aircraft from Davis Monthan at walking distance from the museum.

USAF
A-10C
HH-60G
HC-130J
EC-130H
MQ-9A
F-16CM/DM
Republic Fairchild A-10C
Serial: 82-0647 (DM)
Copyright: Michael Stolle

Day 11: Tuesday 17 March

Spotting Luke AFB

Day 11: March 17

Spotting Luke AFB

Lockheed Martin F-35A
Serial: A35-002
Copyright: Michael Stolle

Luke AFB is the main training base for the new pilots of the F-16 and recently also of the F-35.

Several international air forces also have their pilots trained to learn to fly with the (new) aircraft.

Taiwan (F-16), Australia (F-35), Norway (F-35), Italy (F-35), Turkey (F-35), the Netherlands (F-35), Denmark (F-35) and Singapore (F-16) make intensive use of this training base.

In total there are 170 F-16’s and from the F-35 there will be 144 stationed here.

USAF
F-16A/B
F-16C/D
F-16CM/DM
F-35A

Luke AFB is the main training base for the new pilots of the F-16 and recently also of the F-35.

Several international air forces also have their pilots trained to learn to fly with the (new) aircraft.

Taiwan (F-16), Australia (F-35), Norway (F-35), Italy (F-35), Turkey (F-35), the Netherlands (F-35), Denmark (F-35) and Singapore (F-16) make intensive use of this training base.

In total there are 170 F-16’s and from the F-35 there will be 144 stationed here.

Lockheed Martin F-35A
Serial: A35-002
Copyright: Michael Stolle
USAF
F-16A/B
F-16C/D
F-16CM/DM
F-35A

Day 12: Wednesday March 18

Spotting MCAS Yuma and or NAF El Centro

Day 12: March 18

Spotting MCAS Yuma
and whether
NAF El Centro

USMC
MV-22B
UH-1Y
AH-1W/Z
F-35B
AV-8B (+)
F-5N
RQ-21A
UC-12F
HH-1H
Northrop F-5N
Serial: 761589 (01)
Copyright: Michael Stolle

MCAS Yuma is a United States Marine Corps base where several AV-8B and F-35B squadrons are stationed.

This base is shared with the civil airport of Yuma.

Depending on the flight activities/flight direction and whether or not the basic visit NAS Fallon will be able to spend time at NAF El Centro.
This is not an “active” base, but is mainly used as a training ground for Touch & Go’s by several U.S. Navy and Marine Corps squadrons to further train or maintain their skills

MCAS Yuma is a United States Marine Corps base where several AV-8B and F-35B squadrons are stationed.

This base is shared with the civil airport of Yuma.

Depending on the flight activities and whether the basic visit NAS Fallon will continue, time may still be spent at NAF El Centro.
This is not an “active” base, but is mainly used as a training field for Touch & Go’s by several U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Squadrons to further training or maintaining their skills.

USMC
MV-22B
UH-1Y
AH-1W/Z
F-35B
AV-8B (+)
F-5N
RQ-21A
UC-12F
HH-1H
Northrop F-5N
Serial: 761589 (01)
Copyright: Michael Stolle

Then we drive on to San Diego, where we take our flight to Reno/Tahoe.

ATTENTION: Should the basic visit NAS Fallon not continue, we will remain in San Diego!!!

Flight details

Flight:
San Diego => Reno-Tahoe**
Airline:
Southwest
Flight number:
1118**
Departure:
Wednesday, March 18 at 18h05**
Arrival:
Wednesday, March 18 at 19h35**
Flight Duration:
01h30
Aircraft:
Boeing 737-700*
* Subject to change

Day 13: Thursday 19 March

Basic visit NAS Fallon**

Day 13: March 19

Base Visit NAS Fallon

ATTENTION: We are still waiting for confirmation for this basic visit at the moment.
If the basic visit does not go ahead, we will remain in San Diego and will then spend another day on the beach of NAS North Island.

Under the guidance of Mr. Upham, we will, after a short briefing, get an extensive tour on the apron of this airfield where enough time can be taken to photograph (almost) every airplane in detail.

There will also be some local movements (subject to change), which can only make the visit more pleasant.

Then we return to Reno to stay there.

USN
F-5F/N
F/A-18A/C/E/F/G/
E-2C
F-16A/B
MH-60S
Boeing F/A-18F
Serial: 165807 (105)
Copyright: Michael Stolle

ATTENTION: We are still waiting for confirmation for this basic visit at the moment.
If the basic visit does not go ahead, we will remain in San Diego and will then spend another day on the beach of NAS North Island.

Under the guidance of Mr. Upham, we will, after a short briefing, get an extensive tour on the apron of this airfield where enough time can be taken to photograph (almost) every airplane in detail.

There will also be some local movements (subject to change), which can only make the visit more pleasant.

After the visit we have one of the longest rides ahead towards Star Wars Canyon aka Rainbow Canyon aka Jedi Transition.

USN
F-5F/N
F/A-18A/C/E/F/G/
E-2C
F-16A/B
MH-60S
Boeing F/A-18F
Serial: 165807 (105)
Copyright: Michael Stolle

Day 14: Friday 20 March

Back home

Day 14: March 20

Back home

After our night in Reno, we’re heading back to Los Angeles by plane.
There we will spend the day in the Proud Bird until it’s time to check in.

Around 15h00 we check together for the flight with Air New Zealand * to London Heathrow *.

* Depending on your chosen departure place, airline and flights.

Flight details

Flight:
Reno => Los Angeles**
Airline:
Southwest Airlines
Flight number:
2651**
Departure:
Friday, March 20 at 06h15**
Arrival:
Saturday, March 21 at 07h50**
Flight Duration:
01h35
Aircraft:
Boeing 737-700*
* Subject to change
Copyright: Ben Wang @ Airliners.net
Copyright: Markus Mainka @ Airliners.net
Flight:
Los Angeles = > London Heathrow
Airline:
Air New Zealand
Flight number:
NZ 002
Departure:
Friday 20 March at 17h10
Arrival:
Saturday 21 March around 10h40
Flight Duration:
10h40
Aircraft:
Boeing 777-300*
* Subject to change
Flight:
Reno => Los Angeles**
Airline:
Southwest Airlines
Flight number:
2651**
Departure:
Friday, March 20 at 06h15**
Arrival:
Saturday, March 21 at 07h50**
Flight Duration:
01h35
Aircraft:
Boeing 737-700*
* Subject to change
Flight:
Los Angeles = > London Heathrow
Airline:
Air New Zealand
Flight number:
NZ 002
Departure:
Friday 20 March at 17h10
Arrival:
Saturday 21 March around 10h40
Flight Duration:
10h40
Aircraft:
Boeing 777-300*
* Subject to change

Day 15: Saturday 21 March

Farewell

Day 15: March 21

Farewell

After our non-stop night flight we arrive at Heathrow a bit before 11h00.
Here we have almost 3h time to take us to the next gate where our plane is waiting to bring us to Brussels Zaventem *.
It’s time to say goodbye to all the participants and leave home.

* Depending on your chosen departure place, airline and flights.

Flight details

Flight:
LONDON Heathrow = > Brussels Zaventem
Airline:
British Airways
Flight number:
BA 402
Departure:
Saturday March 21st at 13h25
Arrival:
Saturday 21 March around 15h40
Flight Duration:
01h15
Aircraft:
Airbus A319*
* Subject to change
Copyright: LeeYangzao @ Airliners.net
Flight:
LONDON Heathrow = > Brussels Zaventem
Airline:
British Airways
Flight number:
BA 402
Departure:
Saturday March 21st at 13h25
Arrival:
Saturday 21 March around 15h40
Flight Duration:
01h15
Aircraft:
Airbus A319*
* Subject to change

Compose your own trip

Global Aviation Travels | Glavair.eu offers you the possibility to compose your own trip (more or less) yourself, because:

  • You may not have sufficient financial resources
  • You a shortage of holiday days
  • There might be aspects you have already seen in a given week
  • ……

But you can also decide for yourself which airline you want to fly in, in which class you want to fly, etc etc.
Possibilities and reasons enough to make use of this option.

Send an email to [email protected] and make us know your wishes.
We will then make a personal itinerary for you which can be adapted to the booking of the plane ticket at all times.

Options

Also on this trip we can offer you as a participant some options.
Depending on the option chosen, it must be paid either before departure or on the spot.

  • Helicopter Flight above LAX
  • Helicopter Flight above Los Angeles
  • Intro Flight Helicopter flying
  • Flight above Boneyard
  • Bustour Boneyard
  • Visit USS Hornet aircraft carrier San Diego

Price

Included:
Flight from Brussels Zaventem = > Los Angeles and back in economy Class
Los Angeles Domestic flight = > Reno-Tahoe
Seat reservation (s) on the flights
13 nights on a 2p room* base with breakfast
Transport & consumption in the USA

* Supplement for 1p room: €650

To travel to the USA, you must have:

  • Passport passport valid until at least 6 months after return (21 September 2020)
  • ESTA (Electronic System for Travel authorization) *
* More info about this application several weeks before departure)

Price: €2500

Not included:
All transport and flights to and from your departure point
Personal expenses
Travel insurance, cancellation insurance
Options offered
Included:
Flight from Brussels Zaventem = > Los Angeles and back in economy Class
Los Angeles Domestic flight = > Reno-Tahoe
13 nights on a 2p room* base with breakfast
Transport & consumption in the USA
Not included:
All transport and flights to and from your departure point
Personal expenses
Travel insurance, cancellation insurance
Seat reservation (s) on the flights
Options offered

* Supplement for 1p room: €650

To travel to the USA, you must have:

  • Passport passport valid until at least 6 months after return (21 September 2020)
  • ESTA (Electronic System for Travel authorization) *
* More info about this application several weeks before departure)

Price: €2500

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