On the Road – USA 2020 – The Weekend (Saturday)

Having no airshows to attend I had to hastily rearrange my itinery, cancel hotels and re-book rooms for the weekend.

I left Gila Bend and headed north, I’d found a small museum , the Lauridsen Aviation Museum, on the edge of Buckeye at the local field. Unfortunately there were no staff/volunteers around so I had a short look around the aircraft on show. Amongst them the C-119 Boxcar that had been used on the remake of Flight of the Phoenix.

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The collection comprised of the aforementioned Boxcar, DC3, PBY-5, B-25 and Albatross. There may have been more inside the museum building, but that was closed with no sign of any life.

I then moved on to the east of Phoenix, to the Commemorative Air Force, Arizona Airbase at Falcon Field, Mesa. Thankfully, it was open and welcoming.

A great collection of aircraft, including B-17G “Sentimental Journey”, vietnam era aircraft and the obligatory WW2 collection.

Moving on, only after partaking in the obligatory super shake from Dairy Queen, I made my way down to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway in the hope of something “interesting” on the ramp. Well, there wasn’t, so I have to make do with a T-38 on a stick instead!

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The rest of the day was spent finding the hotel, that’s another story though. Below are the general photos around Phoenix from Mesa and the Lauridsen Museum.

Day two and a movie star to follow!

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