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SCLA - Southern
California Logistics Airport - Victorville
(former GAFB) - Photo Collection
2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2017 - 2020
|Special Bonus Photos|
|Space Shuttle Endeavour - 9/2012|
|Boeing / Seattle Museum of Flight - 8/2012|
I am very pleased to show some exclusive photos of these photographers:
Gary G. Gray (GGG), Marc Fournier (MF).
Guest Photographer: Robin Scanes (RS), New Zealand
A big thank you for sharing these excellent pictures with us.
Note: The copyright belongs to these gentlemen. Do not use any photos without written permission.
Photos are sorted by date (not by number or airline)
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|SCLA Victorville in 2010|
Last week (2/25/10), we enjoyed a great visit from our Kiwi friends Robin and Rhonda Scanes, New Zealand.
Along with chasing trains from Vegas to Cajon, we took time to check out the airliner "bone yard" at Southern CA Logistics Airport/George AFB. So, here are the first pictures of my/our old base.
The DC-10's and L-1011's will surely never fly again. I read in Aviation Week that UAL retired all of their 737's and it appears that they are mostly at SCLA. Pictures P-07, 08, 09 are of an independent dismantaler who seems to buy one plane at a time for the scrap value. They've been working on Tower Air Lines 747's for years. P-08 also shows the new Dr Pepper/Snapple bottling plant. P-10 & P-11 are of a repaint outfit called "Leading Edge". A Delta/NWA A-319 and several Aussie 767's will shortly be returned to service. P-12 is of a General Atomics Predator or Reaper outside the old engine "hush house".
Just for grins --- if you were one of the few people who saw the move FACE OFF with Travolta and Cage, this is the building the private jet "crashed" int --- yeah so??
Boeing will be testing the first three new 787's here and the new 747-8's at AF Plant 42 in Palmdale. Will try to get some images of both --- or get busted for being a spy or something.
The bad news is that the LARGE new logistics buildings and the proposed BNSF RR intermodal rail yard are victims of the economy. GGG
|SCLA = Southern California Logistics Airport Victorville: http://logisticsairport.com|
|GGG 2/25/10 These DC-10's + L-1011's - P-01||GGG - will never fly again - P-02||GGG Mojave got competition! - P-03|
|GGG 2/25/10 Retired UA 737's - P-04||GGG Endless string of planes - P-05||GGG More retired UA 737's - P-06|
|GGG 2/25/10 Scrap yard - P-07||GGG Scrap yard - P-08||GGG Former Tower Air Lines 747 - P-09|
|GGG 2/25/10 New scheme: Leading Edge - P-10||RS These 767's will go back to service - P-11||RS Predator Drone - P-12|
|Some photos of SCLA in 2011|
|GGG 6/02/11 Former UAL 737 and Qunatas 747-400 have reached the end of their of lives - P-13||GGG 6/02/11 The new Boeing 747-8F launches for a test flight - P-14||GGG 6/02/11 The DC-10 Fire Bomber - also on a test flight - P-15|
|Some photos of SCLA in 2012|
|GGG 4/27/12 UAL
B-737 ready for the smelter
Italian Cargo MD-11 being dismantled
|GGG 4/27/12 Quantas B-747-400 also being dismantled - P-18|
|Some photos of SCLA in 2013|
March 22: Knowing that many on this, normally trains, list also love
aviation, I'm sending the results of our expedition into our tiny part of
the Mojave Desert.
Marc and I, without any specific destination in mind (except for lunch at Mollie Brown's Country Cafe on OLD Rt 66) took off into the desert yesterday. Train traffic was light and so we wound up driving through my old AFB ----- now known as Southern CA Logistics Airport. The Apt has become a testing facility for new aircraft and their new engines. Mostly, it has gained new recognition as a "Boneyard" and recycling center for older civilian airliners. Under active recycling were: # 3040-3043: AA B-757, BA B-747-400, KLM DC-10 & MD-11, FE DC-10's. # 3044-3045: A "HEALTHY" supply of aircraft awaiting recycling ----- or sale?
|GGG 3/22/13 AA B-757 - 3040||GGG 3/22/13 BA B-747-400 - 3041||GGG 3/22/13 KLM DC-10/MD-11 - 3042|
|GGG 3/22/13 FedEx DC-10s - 3043||GGG 3/22/13 Awaiting recycling - 3044||GGG 3/22/13 Awaiting recycling - 3045|
site below added on 9/25/14
Flying over Victorville
by Paul Dunn
Copyright by Paul Dunn
|Paul Dunn 1/13 Victorville Storage - 030||see all photos - click here||Paul Dunn 1/13 Victorville Storage - 027|
link added on 12/10/14
Quantas 767 last flight before going out of
service at Victorville by 60 Minutes:
link added on 11/25/14
|Here is an interesting link to Globalair.com - just take a look - http://www.globalair.com/|
|Some photos of SCLA in 2014|
|Well, here's a bit to help start your 2014 with "PLANES" and "TRAINS" ----- "properly"!|
Friday, January 17, Don Toles visited the High Desert and off we went ----
roaming and making like TRUE Desert Rats. Our first stop was at my old USAF
Base (George) now known as Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA).
# 4001-4002: German Government A-340-300 VIP
aircraft. The reason for the aircraft visit is unknown to us.
|GGG 1/17/14 German A340-300 - 4001||GGG 1/17/14 Bundesrepublik Deutschland - 4002||GGG 1/17/14 BA B747 and 737 - 4003|
|GGG 1/17/14 World MD11 - 4004||GGG 1/17/14 parts spender - 4005||GGG 1/17/14 BA B747-400 - 4006|
2014: My old USAF Base (SCLA) has developed into a major recycling center
for retired civilian aircraft. During our (with R & R Scanes-NZ) visit, I
was somewhat surprised by the number of aircraft resting there from
'foreign' air carriers. I was also surprised at how much dust a HABOOB can
# 4047-4049: Quantas is obviously retiring most of its fleet of B-747's, 767's and older 737's. The DETA Air DC-10 is from a Kazakhstan airline. The UAL aircraft is a B-767. # 4050: A really old Delta B-727. # 4051: Three MD-11F's from Russia. # 4052: This three year old IRAQI AIR B-777, according to the airline BLOGS, was returned to Boeing who, in turn, sent it to SCLA for storage. # 4053: A LUZAIR (Portugal) L-1011. # 4054: An AB 319? from an unknown airline.
# 4055: Another BA-747-400 meets its end. GGG
|GGG 3/27/14 Quantas line up - 4047||GGG 3/27/14 UAL B767 - 4048||GGG 3/27/14 DETA Ait DC10 - 4049|
|GGG 3/27/14 Delta B727 - 4050||GGG 3/27/14 Aeroflot MD11F's - 4051||GGG 3/27/14 Iraqi B777 - 4052|
|GGG 3/27/14 Luzair L1011 - 4053||GGG 3/27/14 Airbus A319 - 4054||GGG 3/27/14 BA B747 - 4055|
(11/06/14 and 11/10/14), I had several appointments around the area and so,
I was mostly 'on my own'. NATURALLY, I "gyrated" toward anything related to
planes or trains. I hope you enjoy this presentation - as much as I enjoyed
At "SCLA" Southern California Logistics Airport
(former George AFB). # 4140: Recent British Airways recycling arrivals -
Boeing 767, 747, 737. This small facility was the former USAF Air Defense
Alert "Barn/hangar" and housed, at different times, FULLY ARMED F-102's,
F-106's and lastly F-16's.
|GGG 11/06/14 BA Boeing Jets - 4140||GGG 11/06/14 GE Test N747 - 4141||GGG 11/06/14 US Army GP10 at Yermo - 4142|
added on 8/10/17
|Some photos of SCLA in 2017|
|August 6, 2017: Gary Gray visited "his old" George AFB in Victorville, CA. Now known as SCLA.|
have read that the USAF has issued a requirement for two new Presidential
Aircraft --- commonly known as AIR FORCE ONE when the
POTUS is aboard. Only two 'in production' aircraft meet the MANY MANY MANY
Presidential aircraft requirements --- two of which demand a four engine
aircraft with a huge square footage of usable deck space. Of course, the USA
would never allow the President to routinely use a foreign built (read
Airbus) aircraft --- leaving the Boeing 747-8 as the only contender.
Candidate Trump strongly railed against the new AF #1 project costs during
the Presidential campaign.
In 2013, a new Russian airline ordered four B-747-8i aircraft and, later, went bankrupt. Two aircraft (747i's) were built and flown to SCLA for long-term storage in late 2016. Evidently, the USAF & BOEING are now "talking" !!!!
From: TheWarZone.com - see link below:
Last Sunday (8/6/17), Laura & I decided to go tour my old George AFB and find the two TOTALLY UNUSED 747 airframes mentioned above. Naturally, the Big Boeings were "hidden" between Flight Line buildings and other large aircraft.
# 1702: This F-4D was part of a GAFB monument dedicated to those, who trained and / or served at George, but were lost. An F-105G was also part of the monument but, shortly after Base closure in 1992, the F-105 was moved to the USAF Plant 42 Museum in Palmdale CA. This F-4D sat in a northern forlorn area of SCLA until a group of volunteer retirees & civilians decided to restore it, and build a small park for the display. GREAT JOB !!!!! GGG
|GGG 8/06/17 is our current best view of the future??? USAF #1's - 1701||GGG 8/06/17 See text above - 1702||GGG 8/06/17 A nice looking & airworthy DC-8-73-F sitting outside a paint hanger - not parked near a recycling area. - 1703|
|GGG 8/06/17 New arrivals in the recycling / storage prep area. - 1704||GGG 8/06/17
Asiana B-747-400 (25.7 years old)
|GGG 8/06/17 Delta 727-200 (built 1978) - 1706|
Global African Cargo MD-11F
|GGG 8/06/17 MD-9-83 (built 1990) - 1708||GGG 8/06/17
Reclaimed B-777 for storage
added on 10/04/17
|October 2, 2017: Gary Gray & Marc Fournier drove out to SCLA to photograph two new "projects".|
South West Airlines has retired all of their older
B-737-300's & 500's -- replacing them with newer, larger & more efficient
B-737-700's & 800's. GGG / MF
Click here: Southwest retires Boeing 737-300's to storage – AirGuide:: Frequent Flyer Magazine – AirGuideOnline.com – AirGuideA
|GGG 10/02/17 At the Northern end of the SCLA, . . . - 1711||GGG 10/02/17 . . . a "flock" of 25+ retired SWA-300's - 1712|
|GGG 10/02/17 - 1713||GGG 10/02/17 Another group of 25+ SWA jets - 1714|
|GGG 10/02/17 It appears that all of the jets will be tape sealed in preparation for sale, lease or recycling. - 1715||GGG 10/02/17 Three Allegant Airline MD-83's being recycled - 1716|
Most are aware of V. W. emission problems
with the US EPA. A portion of SCLA has been rented for BUY-BACK
storage---along with many other areas across the US. Marc counted 200 rows
with (up to) 100 cars in each row. New
PRIVACY fencing & lighting has been installed around the guarded
area. The area is approx 1.5 long by .5 miles wide. We ESTIMATE that there
are, at least, 15,000 V.W. products in the lot. These pictures do not
accurately show the size of the area.
Click here: What Is VW Going to Do with All Those Parked TDIs? | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
|GGG 10/02/17 SCLA V. W. BUY-Back lot. - 1717||GGG 10/02/17 SCLA V. W. BUY-Back lot. - 1718|
|GGG 10/02/17 SCLA V. W. BUY-Back lot. - 1719||GGG 10/02/17 SCLA V. W. BUY-Back lot. - 1720|
added on 10/30/17
|October 21, 2017: Gary Gray drove out to SCLA to photograph the Global Supertanker.|
Last week, the Boeing-747-400 Global SuperTanker (fire
fighting water / retardent bomber) was flown into Souther CA Logistics
Airport. Evidently, the aircraft needed an engine change and SCLA is the
perfect place, since there are numerous B-747-400's retired there.
Click here: B747-400 SuperTanker | Global Supertanker
|GGG 10/21/17 Boeing 747-400 # 944 at SCLA - 1721||GGG 10/21/17 Engine #1 will be changed - 1722|
added on 3/25/20
|Some photos of SCLA in 2020|
|February 12, 2020: Gary and Marc drove out to SCLA to photograph some aircraft.|
While out doing our Railroad thing last Wed, Marc & I came upon this view of Southern CA Logistics Airport (SCLA) --- (the former George AFB) --- from above Oro Grande, CA. GGG & MF
|GGG 2/12/20 - 2061||GGG 2/12/20 - 2062|
|# 2061 - 2064: Some of the many, retired commercial aircraft, in storage or awaiting recycling. However, from this vantage, we could not picture the 60+ retired (737-300) or grounded (B-737 MAX) of SouthWest Airlines.|
|GGG 2/12/20 - 2063||GGG 2/12/20 - 2064|
|GGG 2/12/20 AEROFLOT (Russian) MD-11 F being parted-out. - 2065||GGG 2/12/20 Retired Qantas B-747-400. The fact that this aircraft is parked outside the Boeing hanger, and not near the "Boneyard", indicates that this aircraft may fly again??? - 2066|
|March 25, 2020: Gary and Marc drove out to SCLA to photograph some aircraft.|
After viewing the progress of the BNSF Mojave River Bridges Replacement Program, we drove to SCLA. With the severe downturn in air travel demand, it has been a major topic that many airports would host the temporary storage of a huge number of airliners. SCLA was mentioned as a host for Delta & SouthWest Airlines aircraft. GGG & MF
Coronavirus: Airport runways, taxiways used for aircraft storage - Business Insider
|MF 3/25/20 SCLA from Quarry RD (above Oro Grande) - 2118||MF 3/25/20 Quarry RD (above SCLA) - 2119|
|MF 3/25/20 Sriwijaya (Indonesia) B-737 being recycled - 2120||MF 3/25/20 UAL B-747-400 being recycled - 2121|
|MF 3/25/20 Flynas (Saudi Arabia) AB-320 recycling - 2122||MF 3/25/20 Obviously some major construction / repair work upcoming at the electrical generation station. - 2123|
|MF 3/25/20 Obviously some major construction / repair work upcoming at the electrical generation station. - 2124||MF 3/25/20 Delta airliner storage - 2125|
|MF 3/25/20 Delta airliner storage - 2126||MF 3/25/20 Delta airliner storage - 2127|
|XY 3/25/20 - 2128||XY 3/25/20 - 2129|
# 2128 & 2129: A friend of a
friend sent these two after landing at SCLA. SCLA is using the shorter
runway for Delta aircraft storage.
The airport is using a parallel taxiway for SWA aircraft storage.
|April 7, 2020: Gary and Marc drove out to SCLA to photograph some aircraft.|
|Marc & I drove to SCLA to checkout the commercial airliners stored due the Pandemic driven lack of passenger demand.|
|MF 4/07/20 Approximately 50 of the many of the Delta Airlines Jets stored at SCLA. - 2139|
|MF 4/07/20 all Delat jets in storage - 2140||MF 4/07/20 several Boeing 737-8 MAX in storage - 2141|
|# 2141: A few of the many GROUNDED Boeing 737-8 MAX jets awaiting FAA re-certification at SCLA. BYW aircraft OK-SWR will be delivered (sometime) to SmartWings Airlines, a low-cost Czech airline.|
New 4/15/20: Video
concerning airliner storage at SCLA by Wolficom (10'19"):
Victorville California is currently one of the largest airplane parking lots in the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In this video, in coordination with air traffic control (ATC), I fly a dramatic low approach in my Grumman Tiger over the closed runway that is currently home for over 400 unused jets. After that, we fly over the peak bloom of the Antelope Valley poppy fields to see an explosion of color in the Mojave Desert.
More about stored planes around the world
updated: August 23, 2020
|August 18, 2020: Gary and Marc drove out to SCLA to photograph some aircraft.|
Southern CA Logistics Airport (SCLA / VCV / ex George AFB) is a busy place. Besides a 'DEAD LINE' (for retired aircraft awaiting recycling), and storage for airliners awaiting reactivation, it appears the Boeing has moved some final fitting functions (for BRAND NEW aircraft about to be delivered) to SCLA. GGG
Apologies for some of the settings /crowding in our below images, but no longer having flight-line privileges has its drawbacks. After some descriptives below, there are question marks--With the pandemic and the severe downturn in passenger air travel, many airlines have cancelled orders for or deferred deliveries of new aircraft. So, it is difficult to determine exactly when & to whom these new aircraft will be delivered.
|Photos 2415 - 2418 are from the JETPHOTOS website and the photographers are credited on the individual images.|
LH 1/25/20 -
Aircraft awaiting recycling
JC 6/14/20 -
Some of the Delta Airline aircraft awaiting reactivation and SouthWest B-737-8 MAX aircraft awaiting FAA permission to fly again.
MOE 6/15/20 -
B-737-8 MAX aircraft painted for various airlines awaiting FAA "UN"-grounding.
RW 8/01/20 -
Qantas A-380 aircraft recently withdrawn from active service.
GGG 8/18/20 -
Mostly FedEx A-310's & DC-10's being recycled.
GGG 8/18/20 -
Two new Aeroflot B-777's, being readied for delivery???
GGG 8/18/20 -
A LAN/ LANTAM (Chile) B-787 & a JAPAN Airlines B-777 receiving final prep before delivery???
GGG 8/18/20 -
Two LAN / LANTAM (Chile) B-787's being readied for delivery???
GGG 8/18/20 -
Interesting visitor -- A Royal Air Force Airbus A-400M turboprop cargo aircraft on the VCV flightline.
MF 8/18/20 -
A U. S. Navy E-2 "Hawkeye" AEW (Early Warning) aircraft shooting landings at VCV
Below are Bonus Photos (non SCLA)
site below added on 9/25/14
Flying over Mojave
by Paul Dunn
Copyright by Paul Dunn
|Paul Dunn 4/13 Mojave Storage - 068||see all photos - click here||Paul Dunn 4/13 Mojave Storage - 484|
|Edwards AFB with NASA 747 and Endeavour Space Shuttle in 9/2012|
|09-20-12: The NASA / Boeing Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) and Space Shuttle Endeavour made a very low flyby and then landed at NASA Dryden Flight Test Center / Edwards AFB. A good friend and I drove over (along with a thousand+ of our closest friends), and braved the near the 100F temperature while being closely watched by heavy USAF security. The Dryden area was very crowded and the concrete was amazingly HOT, so we decided to move two miles to the South end of the runway. The 747 / Shuttle stack flew in but made a low East to West pass across the runways and the Dryden Center well North of us----at which time I really began to question my decision to move. The gods were with us and the stack made a right 270 degree turn and flew down Runway 22 Left at about 500 feet --- to pass almost directly over us. The stack then flew its very wide pattern, landed and finished its rollout directly in front of us. Taxi back was made even more special when the AMERICAN FLAG appeared from the cockpit. The last two pictures will give some prospective as to the size of the stacked vehicles. You will probably notice some heat distortion -- typical of summer in the Mojave. GREAT DAY - GGG|
|GGG 9/20/12 - 2615||GGG 9/20/12 - 2616||GGG 9/20/12 - 2617|
|GGG 9/20/12 - 2618||GGG 9/20/12 - 2619||GGG 9/20/12 - 2620|
|GGG 9/20/12 - 2621||GGG 9/20/12 - 2622||GGG 9/20/12 - 2623|
Here is a youtube of the NASA 747/ Shuttle Endeavour over LA
|SFO and LAX with NASA 747 and Endeavour Space Shuttle in 9/2012|
|September 2012: The NASA / Boeing Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) and Space Shuttle Endeavour made a very low flyby at San Francisco and Los Angeles and then landed at LAX. Some spectacular photography by unknown photographers.|
|9/12 - Nasa-11||9/12 - Nasa-12||9/12 - Nasa-09|
|9/12 - Nasa-05||9/12 - Nasa-07||9/12 - Nasa-06|
|9/12 - Nasa-27||9/12 - Nasa-08||9/12 - Nasa-03|
|9/12 - Nasa-13||9/12 - Nasa-14||9/12 - Nasa-15|
|9/12 - Nasa-16||9/12 - Nasa-04||9/12 - Nasa-21|
|9/12 - Nasa-22||9/12 - Nasa-23||9/12 - Nasa-02|
|9/12 - Nasa-25||9/12 - Nasa-26||9/12 - Nasa-24|
|9/12 - Nasa-01||9/12 - Nasa-10||9/12 - Nasa-17|
|9/12 - Nasa-18||9/12 - Nasa-19||9/12 - Nasa-20|
|Boeing / Seattle Museum of Flight - 8/2012|
08-19-12: Thanks to my Seattle cousin who
is a Boeing retiree, we were able to spend several hours at the Boeing /
Seattle Museum of Flight.
Along with the Smithsonian and the USAF Museum in Dayton OH, this is one of World's best. Attached are just a very FEW of the exhibits available.
2633: The Boeing "Red Barn"---The original home of Boeing with the Museum in the background. 2634-35: Boeing B-17 & B-47
2636: Flyable DC-2 http://www.airportjournals.com/Display.cfm?varID=0710010 2637: SR-71 with D-21 (Drone). 2638: Boeing Model 40 --- First Boeing mail / passenger aircraft. 2639: Display area. 2640-41: P-51 & P47. 2642: Space Shuttle cargo bay --- was used for Shuttle load and fit testing. The Museum will also soon receive the Shuttle full scale Trainer. http://www.museumofflight.org/shuttle-trainer-arrival
2643: Boeing 707 Air Force 1 --- and the original 747. The Museum also has a Constellation and a Concord. 2644: Early in my cousin's career, Tom was a Flight Test Engineer on the very FIRST 747. He has some really wild tales to tell about the flight testing of the first truly LARGE commercial jet aircraft. Pictured are Tom and "his" airplane. GGG
|GGG 8/19/12 - 2633||GGG 8/19/12 - 2634||GGG 8/19/12 - 2635|
|GGG 8/19/12 - 2636||GGG 8/19/12 - 2637||GGG 8/19/12 - 2638|
|GGG 8/19/12 - 2639||GGG 8/19/12 - 2640||GGG 8/19/12 - 2641|
|GGG 8/19/12 - 2642||GGG 8/19/12 - 2643||GGG 8/19/12 - 2644|
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