After a year without a spotting road trip it was time to hit the road again. After some work related activities in Idaho I relocated to the Phoenix and Tucson area mainly for the stored C-20's at AMARG. But being in Arizona some other airfields where visited also. So let's get started with some pictures and a full log.
18-10-2019 Scottsdale (AZ)
GIV N18TD (1145) G450 N452FX (4334) G500 N56EL (72028) G550 N608CL (5262).
Highlight was the G500 owned by Enterprise Rent-A-Car which is a car rental company headquartered in Clayton, Missouri, USA. Enterprise Rent-A-Car was established in 1957 in St. Louis, Missouri by Jack C. Taylor. The company was in 1969 renamed 'Enterprise' after the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on which he served during WWII. Enterprise Rent-A Car is the largest rental car company in the United States.
Then it was on to Tucson and AMARG. Tucson International Airport only gave me one Gulfstream (GIII, N338UA (338)) but AMARG was the main target. Since some years the US Armed forces started with decommissioning their military used C-20's. At this moment there are 8 C-20's stored at AMARG (and 2 Gulfstream I / TC-4's (155724 (180) and 155726 (183) which are at AMARG since 1994 and 1995). I needed 3 of the C-20's and saw them all during a short walk along the fence of AMARG area 20 at Kolb Road.
18-10-2019 AMARG (AZ)
C-20B 86-0202 (468) C-20C 85-0049 (456), 85-0050 (458) C-20E 87-0140 (498), 91-0108 (1162) C-20G 165093 (1187) C-20K 87-0139 (497)
C-20C 86-0403 (473) is displayed in Celebrity Row.
On Saturday I managed to reach the Los Angeles area. First stops: Santa Anna and Long Beach.
19-10-2019 Santa Anna (CA)
GIV N517ML (1050), N216HZ (1147), N722NK (1203), N2107Z (1211), N598GS (1258), N226RS (1479) G450 N1963N (4268), N116MK (4357) G650 N4050 (6368)
19-10-2019 Long Beach (CA)
GV N1222P (606), N1AM (623) G550 M-BJEP (5070), N550WW (5214), VP-CAT (5482), N319PP (5513), N237GA (5523), N904JY (5577) G650 N521HN (6027), N476V (6300), N750HF (6399)
On the 20th I visited Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys. Van Nuys was as always Gulfstream heaven. With no less then 40 Gulfstreams (YES, 40!) on the ground and a great viewing area a couple of hours in the sun was no punishment at all. Five out of 40 where new frames for me.
20-10-2019 Los Angeles International (CA)
GIV N958BX (1227), N318JW (1530) GV N363JG (594) G650 A7-CGF (6366)
The brand new G650ER of Qatar Executive (the VIP division of Qatar Airways) was a nice catch as it was only delivered in June of this year.
20-10-2019 Van Nuys (CA)
GII N264CL (227) GIII N44HB (437), N62MV (484) GIV N924MB (1023), N477GG (1032), N63NM (1066), N457DS (1077), N4DP (1097), N310 (1109), N763DB (1114), N160LD (1115), N209HM (1118), N962SS (1121), N619A (1123), N403TB (1191), N700MV (1233), N999NB (1234), N432HC (1262), N267LG (1266), N728LB (1296), N226MP (1300), N746GG (1331), N104AD (1406), N451KR (1451), N606PS (1477), N899AL (1495) GV N776RB (585), N955CM (592), N363JG (594), N619GV (619) G450 N450DT (4004), N913HH (4083) G550 HZ-SK6 (5038), N885GM (5046), N75CC (5065), N314TP (5104), N41PM (5177), N260DL (5301), N336EB (5525), N551AV (5569)
The beautiful black GIV N269HM belongs to Larry Flynt who is an American publisher and the president of Larry Flynt Publications (LPF). LPF mainly produces magazines such as Hustler porn magazine. Larry Flynt is paralyzed from the waist down due to injuries sustained in a 1978 murder attempt by serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin.
A nice fact about the stored Clay Lacy GII N264CL (227) is that it appeared in the 1998 American science fiction disaster film Armageddon. The movie was directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton and Liv Tyler. It was the highest-grossing film of 1998.
On my way to the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas I passed through some great desert airports. Almost all of them have some old Gulfstreams stored with California City on top of the list.
At Lancaster Fox Field (CA) I found Gulfstream III N555GL (403) withdrawn from use outside the Milestones of Flight Air Museum. The museum appears to be permanently closed and I was not aware that this GIII was stored here.
21-10-2019 Lancaster (CA)
GIII N555GL (403)
21-10-2019 Mojave (CA)
GII N608CM (95), N860PM (224) + 3 noted stored
21-10-2019 California City (CA)
GII N44YS (098), GIII N200AB (393), GIV N710WJ (1007), N41SC (1144), JA001G (1190)
I did not list all the Gulfstreams at California City but only the new ones for me and some interesting ones like N510AG and JA001G.
JA001G (1190) is a very rare airframe as it was only flown in Japan and I saw this Gulfstream at Tokyo Haneda airport in 2014. In 1993 and 1995 the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) acquired two Gulfstream IV aircraft. The JCAB is the Japanese equivalent of the U.S. FAA. C/n 1190 was registered to GAC in October 1992 as N403GA. On 21 September 1993 the aircraft was registered JA001G. On hand-over of this first JCAB aircraft it was subjected to unprecedented acceptance testing. Two days were spent looking over the paperwork before the actual aircraft was even approached. All onboard avionics were bench-tested an then tested again onboard. The GIV flew for 100 hours of testing when 20 is the norm. Japanese standards! N404GA was registered to GAC in September 1994. On 15 November 1995 it got its new registration (JA002G). Okura & Company bought both aircraft from GAC and then sold them to the customer (all foreign sales to the Japanese Government require a Japanese 'trading partner'). Both aircraft are where operated from Tokyo-Haneda as flight checkers for navaid/airfield calibration. in April of this year 1190 arrived at Norm Hill Aviation, California City.
21-10-2019 Las Vegas McCarran (NV)
GIII N32MJ (460) GIV N368AG (1087), N619A (1123), N110SN (1208), N151SD (1249), N972MS (1285), N572MS (1352), N352BH (1393), N386JD (1460) GV N383LS (544), N55BM (560), N17FJ (607) G450 N450RG (4038), N519HC (4137), N818C (4151), N945MM (4165) G550 N565JM (5538)
GIV N151SD had great Mayweather titles on the fuselage, which represents Floyd Mayweather, a former world champion boxer and now boxing promoter. The aircraft with titles is shown in the picture below.
N32MJ is the Gulfstream III of Magic Johnson, the world famous former basketball player. Magic is one of the keynote speakers at the NBAA-BACE.