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Ergo01
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Texas Tour

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We decided to choose Texas as destination for our yearly spotting tour. We were hoping for loads of trainer aircraft. This is what we got:
Conroe IAP 11-11-2017
UH60 0-24603, 0-24448, 0-27017, last three 476
T6: 166103-G, 166090-C, 166112-G
B17G N7227C
HU16C N1954Z, N1955G
C182 N455CP CAP
L29 N82601
N3N-3 N44741
After our flight into Houston just a short drive. US Army was active on a Saturday afternoon, but more so piston aircraft. It was great fun to see (and hear) Albatrosses flying round. Last time for us was at Elefsis long ago.

Meacham Field 12-11-2017
UH1 71-20201
C47N87745
T33AN N165KK, 50-249 (ex 133165)
AT6D N101NZ
Yak N252WB
B24 N24927
A26K N4988N
EA3B 146453
Be18 N3761?
C182 N4736N CAP
OH58C 16979
OH58A 20606
OV10A 83825
OV10A 155426
YOV10 152879
O1A N9623Q (ex 16963)
F111E UH 68-009
F14D 159600
F5E 741558
RF8A 146898
T28 28 (ex Mexican)
TF102A 62337
O2A 418
O2A 21430
F4C 64-0825
BT13 64966
T37B 72261
F105D 60-385 RU
QF4S 153821
FA18A 162826
T33A 35215
A4C 147715
A7B 154479
TA4J 158073
CH53D 153715
Nice collection. OH58 16979 just arrived on a trailer.

Fort Worth Alliance 12-11-2017
T6A EN 08-909 green
This was somewhat less than we hoped for.

NAS Fort Worth JRB 13-11-2017
KC130J 169228-QH
C130J 463AW 85691
T38 yellow: EN 66-359, EN 66-361
F35B: ZM147
F16C/D 457FS: TX 86-222, 85-408 (301OG), 85-493, 85-410, 85-513, 85-481, 86-227, 85-467, 86-231 (301FW), 85-554
Monday morning started slow, so we had time to enjoy coffee inside the Walmart. Things heated up with a Navy C130 departing, and an F35 leaving, both not coming back. For the local F16s we had to move to Cahoba Drive because of changed runway direction. No problem cause that’s a nice location.

Randolph AFB 14-11-2017
T6: RA b/w : 08-918, 08-934, 03-676, 04-205, 08-913, 04-717, 03-695, 05-208, 06-826, 00-577, 97-019, 06-848, 07-884
T38 : RA blue 61-940, 65-399, 68-195, 62-678, 68-189, 64-222, 70-954, 68-165, 69-079, 70-564, 67-927 stars 66-360, 65-488, 65-390, 65-404, 65-469 XL red bulls 67-927
T1 : AP multi 94-121, 91-101
Tuesday morning started like almost every day with fog and low clouds due to high humidity. We were unhappy cause no T1s, but happy with 2 Pensacola T1s.

Kelly AFB 14-11-2017
F16C/D 182FS: SA 87-245, 87-384, 87-235, 87-264, 86-321, 87-253, 87-285, 87-387
T38: RA stars 66-365, 65-343, XL red bulls 70-573
T6 b/w RA 08-913
C5: 433AW 60021, 60019, 60023
C17: 00221 (437), 44131 (305), 23293 (437), 55149 (HH), 91191 (NY), N27220
C12 US Army 40180
C130J 83173 463W
C47 N47HL
B25 N25YR, N333RW
FB111A 80275
B58A 92437
F15A PT 76-108
F106B 72533
Locations close to the runway are off limits , but we found a place at some distance. Part of the base has opened up , so visitors and aircraft at the ALC can now be viewed quite close.

Laughlin AFB 15-11-2017
T38: XL red bulls 66-354, 65-416, 65-447, 67-852, 64-251, 68-217, 70-553 (47STUS), 68-118, 66-334, 65-468, 67-926, 67-922, 65-331, 64-208, 65-420, 65-345, 65-412, 65-464, 67-852
T6: XL red 01-603, 06-863, 02-637,05-807, 04-720, 02-635, 05-810, 02-633 yellow 06-813, 02-647, 03-706, 03-705, 02-648, 02-656, 03-707, 04-714, 08-907, 06-823,..-031
T1: XL black 91-078, 93-629, 93-624, 91-092 RA 92-336, CB 95-056, 95-060, VN 92-343, 94-117
T33A 36124
Aircraft on approach can easily be viewed at both runway ends. This in spite of busy traffic at highway 90 and Border Patrols (kind guys!) on the other side.

Corpus Christi IAP 16-11-2017
P8A LK 168431, 168848
T45C B276/165076, B274 167106, B240/167088 ,
Da20 2105
When driving along the airport we were wondering what operator was using greyish 737s. So we made a quick stop.

NAS Kingsville 16-11-2017
T45 B 269/ ,215/163615, 260/167097, 281/165635, 267/?., 294/167074, 276/165076, 286/165640, 293/167073, 216/?., 287/165641, 278/165078, 242/?., 290/16564., 217/., 205/.,214/165614, , 218/163618, 265/., ,279/., 229/., 264/167101, 200/163656, 266/167102, 237/., 272/., 240/167088, 245/167090, 274/167106, 219/163619, 254/163654, 257/163657, 229/, 222/167…, 298/167078, 284/., 285/165639, 246/163646, 280/165634, 242/ ?, 257/163657, 297/165077, 239/165058, 259/165059, 247/ ?, 239/ ?, 289/165643, 265/166065
A 120/165463.,A141/16548.,A177/165619,A182/.,
TA4J 154338
T2C 158586
FA18A 161967
Before our base visit we spend some time at E Saint Gertruda street. Nice location with the instructors waving at us.

Corpus Christi Waldron NOLF 17-11-2017
T6 166066-G, 166199-G, 166132-G, 166151-G

NAS Corpus Christi 17-11-2017
T6: G-166210, 6134, 6256, 6189, 6212, 6132, 6173, 6085, 6127, 6045, 6097, 6249, 6063, 6199, 6170, 6018, 6249, 6106, 6251, 6254, 6129 ?, 6198, 6112, 6097, 6211, 6128, 6066, 6219, 6069, 6039
T44 ; 161057 G-427, 161079 G407, 161063 G463, 161060 G460, 160840 G462, 160854 G454
HC144 ; 2313, 2314 (special c/s)
HH65 ; 6539
Activity at the NOLFs was limited , and there was a strong southern wind. So we tried ur our luck at Ocean Drive. It produced a lot of nice views but also our first and last serious encounter with law enforcement.

Ellington Field 18-11-2017
T6 ; RA 08-3923 (‘555FTS’)
T1 VN flag 90-411, 92-351, yellow 93-644
B17G N7227C
B25J N333RW
S2 N31957 133242
Mig21 4502
Some nice visitors, a nice bonus on a Saturday morning.
So we went home quite content.
Arend, Eric and Hans
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Re: Texas Tour

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Quite nice. Too bad I could not meet up with you guys at NAS JRB.
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Re: Texas Tour

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Looks like an excellent trip !!!!
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Re: Texas Tour

Post by Spotter2000 »

We also visited the USS Lexington, on board were:
A4B 142675
A4B 142929
TA4J 158722
F14A 160694
FA18A 161942
SNJ5 52020
F9F 147276
A6E 158532
F2H 125052
AH1S 22754
A7B 154548
F4A 145315
KA3B 138944
T2C 158898
T28B 138271
T34B 140936
T34C 161035
TBM3 53804
N3N-3 N6358T
SBD3 4537 S-8
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