Life on the Graveyard Shift…

Things are redundant around here for the most part. 

It’s show up at 2300, do the inventory and take care of the hazmat….

Issue tools, laptops and vehicles to the maintainers. It’s the same kids and stuff……

Servicing and scheduled maintenance take place here in the deep dark hours of the night. 

This is a short week due to the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Friday is a “Family Day” as determined by Air Force Material Command…… 4 day weekend…….

This is my best friend during these hours……

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Desert Half Moon

It was a pleasant morning and I took the liberty of spending time on the front verandah at Casa de Sharon y Glenn here in the Southeast Kern County Desert.

When I stopped at the Shopette on Edwards AFB this morning to fuel the Titan, I discovered that they had a small variety of decent cigars………………

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The Santa Barbara Fire

The big fire down by Santa Barbara is at 4,000 plus acres. This morning the smoke showed up in the Antelope Valley. At sunrise we realized it wasn’t high thin clouds.

I had to fuel my pickup and stop at the exchange before heading home. When I left the exchange, I could smell the smoke. Jets taking off were disappearing in short order on climb out from the base.

On the way home, I broke out my Trusty Nikon and grabbed a few pictures at the California City Boulevard turnoff. I give you those pictures.

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Cal City Boulevard looking North
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The San Gabriel Mountains
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Another shot of the San Gabriel Mountains
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Looking West toward the Tehachapi along the utility service road parallel to the 58
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Another view of Cal City Boulevard

I also decided to include the link to the latest on the fire from KTLA 5 out of Los Angeles.

Brush Fire Burning in Santa Barbara County Grows to 4,000 Acres; 5 Percent Contained

F-35As from Edwards test readiness at Mountain Home AFB

The boys from Edwards and their new jets are on a det to Mountain Home.

I have been to Mountain Home while doing a PCS back in 79. The room didn’t cost a fortune and I needed to get paid.

 

 

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans Maj. Ethan Sabin, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron assistant director of operations, settles into the cockpit of an F-35A at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2016. Sabin is assigned to the 31st TES from Edwards AFB, Calif., which is part of the 53rd Wing headquartered at Eglin AFB, Fla.
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans An F-35A soars above the runway at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 18, 2016. While here, the F-35s are scheduled to fly approximately four sorties a day with their 4th generation counterparts, dropping 20-30 inert weapons during multiple training scenarios throughout the test.

 

Source: F-35As from Edwards test readiness at Mountain Home AFB

1 December 1984 – This Day in Aviation

After four years of planning and preparation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) intentionally crashed a Boeing 720 airliner to test an experimental fuel additive intended to reduce post-crash fires, and to assess passenger survivability. An anti-misting agent was added to standard commercial JP-5 jet fuel to create AMK, or “Anti-Misting … Continue reading 1 December 1984 →

The full article with pictures is at the link………………………….

Source: 1 December 1984 – This Day in Aviation

Mojave Desert Morning………………………………Sunrise

I left for work a bit earlier than usual this morning. I keep the Nikon in the Titan for opportunities…………………………..Today was excellent. I am no Pinch Paisley by any stretch but I have fun with my basic D3000.

The sun had just peeked over the Rand Mountains and I even got the purple that is a desert thing over the Rocket Lab on the mountain near Boron.

I love the desert. It has a certain quality of silence in the morning. I do enjoy the drive into the base in the morning on days like this. It is a very awesome place.

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The Air Force Rocket Lab in a longer shot.
The Air Force Rocket Lab on it's mountain.
The Air Force Rocket Lab on it’s mountain.
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That small sliver of the rising sun over the Rand Mountains.

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Live From Eddie’s Airplane Patch!

Boring is not even enough to describe today………………….On leave as of 1800 hours PST.

The sidewalks are almost all rolled up………………………………….

Perhaps a stop at the Shoppette for some Mammoth Brewing 395 IPA? Hmmmmmmmmmmm? Such a Quandry? …………….or is it some Eye of the Hawk at Rite Aid in Cal City?

High Wind Warning in The Mojave Desert

These things at times are never ending around here. It  has actually picked up since sun up. The line will be interesting to say the least.

High Wind Warning

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HANFORD CA
1059 AM PDT TUE MAY 28 2013

CAZ095-099-290200-
/O.CON.KHNX.HW.W.0005.000000T0000Z-130529T0600Z/
/O.CON.KHNX.WI.Y.0040.130529T0600Z-130530T1200Z/
KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS-SOUTHEASTERN KERN COUNTY DESERT-
1059 AM PDT TUE MAY 28 2013

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS
EVENING...
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO
5 AM PDT THURSDAY...

A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS
EVENING FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND THE SOUTHEASTERN KERN
COUNTY DESERT. A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS
EVENING TO 5 AM PDT THURSDAY FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND
THE SOUTHEASTERN KERN COUNTY DESERT.

* WINDS: WEST TO NORTHWEST 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH.
  WIND GUSTS TO 75 MPH ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH AND BELOW DESERT
  FACING PASSES AND CANYONS.

* TIMING: THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR DURING THE AFTERNOON
  AND EVENING HOURS. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE BEFORE
  MIDNIGHT BUT GUSTS WILL REMAIN IN THE 50 TO 55 MPH RANGE
  INTO EARLY THURSDAY.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: ROSAMOND...EDWARDS AFB...MOJAVE...TEHACHAPI.
  HIGHWAY 14 FROM ROSAMOND TO RED ROCK CANYON AND HIGHWAY 58
  BETWEEN TEHACHAPI AND MOJAVE WILL BE MOST VULNERABLE TO VERY
  STRONG CROSS WINDS WITH AREAS OF BLOWING DUST AND SAND.

* IMPACTS: THE STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CAUSE DIFFICULT
  DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES..INCLUDING
  MOTOR HOMES. IN ADDITION...AREAS OF BLOWING DUST AND SAND
  COULD RESTRICT THE VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT
  TIMES.

* FOR A DETAILED VIEW OF THE HAZARD AREA...VISIT
  http://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/WRH/WHV/?WFO=HNX.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. WIND GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY
DAMAGE. DRIVERS OF HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES WILL NEED TO USE EXTREME
CAUTION...ESPECIALLY THOSE WHICH HAVE LIGHT LOADS. FREEWAY ON AND
OFF RAMPS AROUND MOJAVE CAN BE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT GUSTS OF 45 MPH OR MORE ARE EXPECTED.
WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR
HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

&&

$$

Wind Advisory

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HANFORD CA
1059 AM PDT TUE MAY 28 2013

CAZ095-099-290200-
/O.CON.KHNX.HW.W.0005.000000T0000Z-130529T0600Z/
/O.CON.KHNX.WI.Y.0040.130529T0600Z-130530T1200Z/
KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS-SOUTHEASTERN KERN COUNTY DESERT-
1059 AM PDT TUE MAY 28 2013

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS
EVENING...
...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO
5 AM PDT THURSDAY...

A HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS
EVENING FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND THE SOUTHEASTERN KERN
COUNTY DESERT. A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS
EVENING TO 5 AM PDT THURSDAY FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND
THE SOUTHEASTERN KERN COUNTY DESERT.

* WINDS: WEST TO NORTHWEST 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH.
  WIND GUSTS TO 75 MPH ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH AND BELOW DESERT
  FACING PASSES AND CANYONS.

* TIMING: THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR DURING THE AFTERNOON
  AND EVENING HOURS. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE BEFORE
  MIDNIGHT BUT GUSTS WILL REMAIN IN THE 50 TO 55 MPH RANGE
  INTO EARLY THURSDAY.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: ROSAMOND...EDWARDS AFB...MOJAVE...TEHACHAPI.
  HIGHWAY 14 FROM ROSAMOND TO RED ROCK CANYON AND HIGHWAY 58
  BETWEEN TEHACHAPI AND MOJAVE WILL BE MOST VULNERABLE TO VERY
  STRONG CROSS WINDS WITH AREAS OF BLOWING DUST AND SAND.

* IMPACTS: THE STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CAUSE DIFFICULT
  DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES..INCLUDING
  MOTOR HOMES. IN ADDITION...AREAS OF BLOWING DUST AND SAND
  COULD RESTRICT THE VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN A HALF MILE AT
  TIMES.

* FOR A DETAILED VIEW OF THE HAZARD AREA...VISIT
  http://WWW.WRH.NOAA.GOV/WRH/WHV/?WFO=HNX.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. WIND GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY
DAMAGE. DRIVERS OF HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES WILL NEED TO USE EXTREME
CAUTION...ESPECIALLY THOSE WHICH HAVE LIGHT LOADS. FREEWAY ON AND
OFF RAMPS AROUND MOJAVE CAN BE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT GUSTS OF 45 MPH OR MORE ARE EXPECTED.
WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR
HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

&&

$$

Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY - HANFORD CA
337 AM PDT TUE MAY 28 2013

CAZ095-098-099-291045-
KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS-INDIAN WELLS VALLEY-
SOUTHEASTERN KERN COUNTY DESERT-
337 AM PDT TUE MAY 28 2013

...STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS
AND DESERTS.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A HIGH WIND WARNING AND WIND ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS
OF THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS. SEE SFONPWHNX FOR
DETAILS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

GUSTY WINDS WILL CONTINUE INTO EARLY THURSDAY BEFORE DIMINISHING.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SKYWARN SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT ANTICIPATED.

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY SIGNIFICANT OR
UNUSUAL CONDITIONS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

Milestone, on a rough day.

Three years ago, on this day, I underwent a Nephrectomy. The left kidney had a ‘large mass’ on it. It went bye-bye. Pathology said cancer. I get a detailed physical every September since. The last results were all “in limits.”

About that rough day.

We at the 416 AMU/ Falcon lost a co worker to cancer last night. Ed Cunningham, AO1 USN RET was also a Shipmate. I had a flyer for a flight, turn, flight. It was on the second go that the flag was taken for the memorial fly over of our ramp.
Rough day for all, it was.