I stayed for bit and watched some jets fly, and now I'm back in Falln proper. Gassed the Jeep and getting lunch while I plot the next couple of days, and then it's off to Ely before I return either via Elko or Tonopah. Tomorrow or the next day. I haven't decided yet. It's nice not to have to.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Heading east...and Top Gun!
After coffee and some target shooting on BLM land this morning, I headed out east on why 50 today. Ran through Fallon, NV, and you know I just had to stop at Fallon NAS, Home of the US Navy's Top Gun training center, to see the airplanes. I had no trouble at all getting on base, and once on, I called that expert on on things Navy and cool, Old NFO, for some recommendations on what to see. And as usual, he did not disappoint. I took some pics of the static display aircraft that were there, including numerous old Russian/Soviet fighters that the Commnists were apparently nice enough to "donate" over the decades. then I drifted on over to a couple flight lines where I was able to see and photograph both F-18 and F-5 jets all prettied up in Aggressor colors. I was respectful of the signs and didn't go where prohibited or photograph any of the buildings or communications antennae but it still felt kind of weird to just be wandering about openly taking pictures and none of the people was saw me doing it even gave me a second glance. Obviously they're not worried, which probably means nothing classified that I can accidentally get pics of.