John & Anne Wiley

2011/12/02

Get to the Point

On a recent flight to L.A. we rediscovered something worth remembering: get to the Point. That is, if possible, get to Point Mugu. It’s beautiful, and there are often fun treats there for aviation buffs.

7900 Mugu Munitions

7900 Mugu Munitions

Next to the intricately beautiful wetlands at the beach, some munitions bunkers hunker down into the sand to stoically invite the somber question: what’s inside?

Whether in the air or on the ground, there are always aircraft and related things to take in as well. This trip was no exception, with a colorful background for two Navy E2 carrier-based radar planes flying in circles around one of the runways.

7903 E2 For You

7903 E2 For You

With no other private planes around, it felt like they were doing their practice carrier landings on a small part of the big runway – just for us.

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Wrong Coast

After some years in SB my friend and fellow pilot Zubair moved to the wrong coast, settling near Boston. I tried to talk him out of it, but I have to admit he’s happier there. Tonite looking thru pix from our MeriTimes Adventure I found this view of his cozy home in the woods there, nestled among the magnificent Fall colors. I think that’s his beautiful wife Momina standing outside the front door (click the pic to see the larger version).

9862 Right Stuff

9862 Right Stuff

Clearly his choice of coast was right after all. Still wrong for me, but perfect for him right now. He has at least yielded to my relentless bugging him about getting back in the air after a hiatus of several years, as you’ll see on his blog (click his name above). Sadly though, he doesn’t have a great plane like Tripp with windows that open and wings up out of the way for viewing the planetary pleasures. But even if in the “wrong” plane for crisp pix like this, at least he’s flying, right? See what I mean about relentlessly bugging him? 😉

Shipping News

Along the coast toward L.A. past Ventura, we admired the harbor and marina and several ships at Port Hueneme just beyond.

7880 Port Hueneme

7880 Port Hueneme

It’s fun to snap something during a flight, then take the time to google it later. I wondered why this ship was the only of its kind there.

7884 USS Paul Foster

7884 USS Paul Foster

Turns out it’s the USS Paul Foster, decomissioned in 2003 after an illustrious career that began in 1976. Clearly the story didn’t end there, and according to the wiki link above she’s just been used to test a new laser weapon. Thee other ships were docked nearby.

7886 I Saw Three Ships

7886 I Saw Three Ships

The big blue one is the Japanese vehicle carrier NYK Cronus Leader. The red one is NYK Cool container ship Ditlev Lauritzen, and the closer one is container ship Hansa Visby. Before looking these up, I had no idea there are several websites that follow global shipping movements. Sort of like “train spotting” I guess, including people who post photos for everyone to enjoy. Next up was a fabulous view past the slough and Point Mugu NAS to the distant mountains.

7895 Point Mugu

7895 Point Mugu

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