Tuesday, February 17, 2015

LOTS of F/A-18 Actvity Out of Long Beach Airport

Typically, I'll see/hear a few Hornets leaving the field per month, along with the occasional C-17but this last week has been nuts!

On Sunday alone, I counted twelve departing F/A-18's, and there's been at least ten today.

I know there are some "activities" coming up at one of the old Los Angeles harbor warehouses (the Iowa staff sent a notice to all of us), and we used to see various drills being conducted at the MARAD facility next to Sea Launch, but nothing like this.

A couple of years ago I read a press release stating that the guys from NAS Los Alamitos would be conducting practice take-offs and landings from LGB, and to be aware that the aircraft used would be louder than the commercial airliners.

Yeah, just a wee bit louder.

I'm not complaining, as I don't mind hearing an F/A-18 blasting off to who knows where, but I'm curious about the greatly increased air activity.

And in further Long Beach news......

They started building the course for the Long Beach Grand Prix today, the Longies have the ports of L.A. and Long Beach tied up in knots, and Virgin Galactic announced plans to build a "small launcher" in some of the former Boeing buildings near the airport.

Back to yard work, and replacing a busted driveway light.....


  1. At least you don't have to get out and 'play' in traffic everyday! Consider that a blessing!!! :-)

  2. Except on Wednesdays when I head down to the Iowa.

    I travel almost the same route as I did going to Sea Launch, but instead of turning on Navy Way, I keep going over the bridge into San Pedro.

    And the ships are still there, all dark and lonely looking.

    One of my friends, who's almost literally The Last Man Standing there, posted on a forum that he applied for three jobs today.

    When this guy starts looking, you know Sea Launch is circling the drain at a very rapid pace!


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