User avatar
KTPAFlyer
Topic Author
Posts: 751
Joined: Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:08 pm

Is VCV publicly accessible?

Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:15 pm

It's always been on my bucket list to wander around and look at vintage (retired) aircraft that were parked in the desert. Everyone knows VCV is the place to do it. Is it possible to just drive up and look around by yourself or do you have to make some sort of arrangement? If you can look around yourself, where is the publicly accessible entrance to the "yard?" All contributions appreciated, thank you.
 
User avatar
scbriml
Posts: 14496
Joined: Wed Jul 02, 2003 10:37 pm

Re: Is VCV publicly accessible?

Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:17 pm

There's no public access.

There are dirt tracks around the perimeter, but you need a 4x4 to get round.

Probably best option is to rent a plane from somewhere like Apple Valley and do some circuits and touch-and-gos.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana!
There are 10 types of people in the World - those that understand binary and those that don't.
 
User avatar
jnev3289
Posts: 376
Joined: Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:45 am

Re: Is VCV publicly accessible?

Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:24 pm

They should charge $30 and offer supervised tours. Can't imagine volunteer guides would be an issue to find
 
skipness1E
Posts: 3687
Joined: Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:18 am

Re: Is VCV publicly accessible?

Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:00 pm

When you say rent a plane, can you expand on that? Assume a pilot to fly a few circuits/ At what price?
 
goosebayguy
Posts: 576
Joined: Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:12 pm

Re: Is VCV publicly accessible?

Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:08 pm

Would Marana be accessable at all? Would anyone have details on how to access any of the graveyards at all
Thanks in advance.
 
User avatar
LAXintl
Posts: 21522
Joined: Wed May 24, 2000 12:12 pm

Re: Is VCV publicly accessible?

Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:25 pm

Mojave is unofficially accessible.
Everytime I have been there for work, it seems the FBO employees will take a "tip" and drive folks around in their pickup trucks looking at the stored planes.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
 
Zombus
Posts: 63
Joined: Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:45 am

Re: Is VCV publicly accessible?

Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:16 pm

Alternative? I happened to pass by Kingman, AZ (IGM) on a recent road trip through the US, and stopped for a while to take a walk along the perimeter. Was very happy with what I saw! Some old DHL DC8's, Kingfisher 727, Magni 732 etc. Dozens of more common mainline equipment, some partially cut up.

No need to get 'inside' - many interesting planes (DC8, 727 etc) are parked right next to the fence. Unfortunately, there's some barbed wire fence (not the main airport fence!) straight across Mojave Dr. just before you get really up close and personal with the oldies. This basically means you can't drive all the way around. But if you're skinny enough to squeeze through the fence between two wires, you can walk (like I did) ;-)
306/310/319/320/3323/342356/AN28/AT72/B19/712/722/7323458/7448/752/7634/7723/C172/C208/C402/CR9/
D228/D328/DC9/DH6/E120/E145/E170/E190/F50/F70/F100/MD11/MD83/MD88/R44/RJ85/RJ100
 
friendlyskies22
Posts: 19
Joined: Wed Jan 13, 2016 4:58 pm

Re: Is VCV publicly accessible?

Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:54 am

Re VCV, no way. It's an public airport, with security like any other operating airport. Most the retired/stored aircraft are
directly adjacent to the 15,000' Runway 17/35. Some aircraft could be returned to service, so airlines/manufacturers
would not want someone wandering around.
The airport is used for a lot of other things besides aircraft storage, like charters, aircraft maintenance, (UA has acft
painted there), engine swaps, etc.

There is an airport between Phoenix and Tucson that used to allow escorted fans into the boneyard, by prior arrangement.
Can't recall which one it is.
 
TUGMASTER
Posts: 850
Joined: Wed Jul 07, 2004 8:56 pm

Re: Is VCV publicly accessible?

Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:21 pm

friendlyskies22 wrote:

There is an airport between Phoenix and Tucson that used to allow escorted fans into the boneyard, by prior arrangement.
Can't recall which one it is.


IIRC, that's Marana... which is now accessible since Evergreen went BK a couple of years ago.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: mmo and 3 guests

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos