The 480th TFS deployed to Green Flag and initially operated out of George AFB; and here the “Warhawks” took an impromptu squadron picture in front of our hotel sign in Victorville, CA.
The squadron flew from Spangdahlem AB, Germany, to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC; where we then continued non-stop to George AFB with the help of a KC-10.
The high desert of George AFB, CA, was the home of the “Wild Weasel Schoolhouse” for teaching academics and qualifying aircrews.
I wasn’t in the impromptu group “Warhawk” photo, so here I am in a solo picture in front of our hotel’s sign in Victorville, CA.
A view to the west of the San Bernardino Mountains from our hotel in Victorville, CA.
We took a series of pictures in front of the “Welcome To Weasel Country” sign at George AFB, CA.
George AFB, CA, was the home of the “Wild Weasel Schoolhouse” – and Spang Folks would counter that the Eifel in Germany was the true “Weasel Country.”
The Weasel sign was at least worth a few photos, and George AFB was a good host to our squadron’s Green Flag deployment.
The George AFB, CA, flightline full of F-4 Phantom II’s under a blue high desert sky.
All types of climate and terrain present both challenges and rewards for flying, but the high desert is about as good as it gets for flying fighters.
Flying out of George AFB was a very good alternative to Nellis AFB for Green Flag, due to the fact that there were far fewer aircaft in the overhead pattern and on approach.
A ramp full of Phantoms, JP-4, a tail number and a desert blue sky – what else could you ask for, want or need?
The advantages of flying in the high desert include: the excellent weather, sparse population, unrestricted airspace and the abundance of low level flying routes – but the true test of flying jets is spending a year flying out of Spang in all weather conditions.