Seattle. This years trip starts in Boeing city. The company is visible everywhere. Various airfields
like Everett and Boeing Field around Seattle are used for producing and testing of the worldwide known airliners. Especially the museum of Flight and Boeing factory tour
cannot be missed. I never before visited such a huge factory, really impressive. But of course, after a deep dive into Boeing history, Gulfstreams is what we are looking for. During 3
days all the local Seattle airports were visited with the following result:
23-10-2016 Seattle Boeing Field (WA)
In the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum a very interesting other business jet can be seen. N50CR (287-1) is the only Sabreliner 50 ever built. Since the 70's it belonged to Rockwell Collins and was used for countless flight tests, including airborne weather radar tests. In January 2013 it was donated to the museum.
24-10-2016 Portland International Airport (OR)
Back in Seattle some more Gulfstreams were seen what ended my stay in this aviation minded city.
In the Seattle Museum of Flight one (N626BL) of only three existing Lear Fans can be seen, a turboprop business aircraft designed in the 1970's by Bill Lear.
26-10-2016 Los Angeles International Airport (CA)
26-10-2016 Long Beach Airport (CA)
26-10-2016 Santa Ana (CA)
26-10-2016 Chino (CA)
26-10-2016 Ontario (CA)
27-10-2016 Burbank (CA)
27-10-2016 Van Nuys (CA)
27-10-2016 Long Beach (CA)
27-10-2016 Los Angeles International Airport (CA)
From Los Angeles I flew to Honolulu, Hawaii. Having a hotel close to the airport I did some spotting of course but the main reasons for my detour to this remote US state were Pearl Harbor and the Volcano National Park.
28-10-2016 Honolulu International Airport (HI)
GIV N820MS (1147) GV N543H (688)
After this great experience at Hawaii it was on to Florida. Of course for the yearly NBAA show at Orlando but also to visit some of the many Florida airports. Main goal? Okeechobee!
01-11-2016 Orlando International Airport (FL)
GIV N102AK (1188), N974JD (1301) G450 N56EL (4230) G550 N253DV (5257)
01-11-2016 Orlando Executive Airport (FL)
GIV N254CA (1054), N710LX (1297), N489VR (1389) GV N50JE (567), N17FJ (607) G450 M-SWAN (4181) G500 N505GD (72005) G550 N345KC (5036), N3PG (5091), N7325 (5176), N247ER (5265), PR-FGA (5280), N550GA (5526) G650 N829JV (6044), N650JK (6046), N605GD (6149), N650ER (6210)
02-11-2016 Orlando Executive Airport (FL)
GIV N974JD (1301) G450 N56EL (4230) G550 N253DV (5257), P4-BFX (5418)
Late in the evening the Yahoo Bizjet Group gave some unexpected but very welcome news. The very rare NOAA GIV N49RF Hurricane Hunter was present at Fort Myers Page Field (FL), a 3-hour drive from Orlando. I took the chance and drove on early in the morning hoping to catch it. After a flat tire, and a quick change of wheel, I finally arrived at Fort Myers. Luckily the bird was still present. For many reasons the best day of the trip!
GIV N49RF (1246), N465QS (1463)
G450 N415QS (4014) G550 N464GC (5482)
GIV N898AW (1283) GV N50JE (567) G550 N33LR (5031) G650 N13MS (6036)
GII N888YZ (92), YV5691 (151) GIII N420JC (326), N734TJ (392) GIV XA-PTR (1467) GV N59JE (559)
GIII N218EE (489) GIV XA-JJS (1113), N1904W (1237), N776MA (1257) GV XA-AHM (548) G450 N222NB (4348)
04-11-2016 Fort Lauderdale - Executive (FL)
GII N117LB (193), N721CN ((206), N74RT (219) GIII N221WR (381), N817MF (466), N975RG (471), N62MV (484) GIV 5N-BOD (1126), N707CW (1252) GV N108NY (685) G550 N999LR (5481)
04-11-2016 Boca Raton (FL)
GIII N270MC (374), N375LT (375) GIV N818BK (1094), N877LC (1165), N771AV (1197), N450EF (1379) G450 N704JW (4003)
04-11-2016 West Palm Beach (FL)
Okeechobee County Airport was a real pleasant surprise. Situated in the middle of a small village it currently develops as a new final Gulfstream resting place. Various old Gulfstreams are parked here and awaiting their final fate. Very nice was the fact that the terrace of the Landing Strip Cafe gives access to the platform. This means that some of the stored Gulfstreams can be seen very close by and can be photographed easily. More difficult is to see anything from the outside fences of the airport. Almost all around are dense trees which block the views. Driving completely around gives some opportunities to see the other Gulfstreams.
05-11-2016 Okeechobee (FL)
05-11-2016 West Palm Beach (FL)
05-11-2016 Miami International Airport (FL)
GV N50JE (567) G550 XA-ALC (5116) G650 N13MS (6036)
A very good trip again. Partly used for some cultural visits like Pearl Harbor but also with some great new Gulfstream airframes. Highlights of the trip: N947NA, N616GA, N1KE and of course the very unexpected but beautiful GIV N49RF.