Yesterday the Del Webb community we live in, Sierra Canyon, offered a bus tour to Fallon Naval Air Station and we went. It was so cool. Fallon is about 50 miles east of Reno. It is the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Command. It is where the Top Gun school is. Our guide described it as the graduate school for pilots. Pilots come in and are trained to go back and be the trainers for their units. In addition whole airwings come in to Fallon to be trained. An airwing inclues about 40 F18 Super Hornets each of which cost 40 Million.
The first thing we did when we arrived was to go up into the observation floor in the control tower.
We could see the F5 Tigers that were painted to be the agressor aircraft for training and at the other end of the flight line we could see the F18s that were part of the air wing there for training.
After the observation deck we went into one of the hangers where one of the pilots stationed a Fallon told us about what they do. Our guide was call sign BUDA for Big Ugly Dumb Animal. His real name was Brandon Harjer.
He said that Fallon is unique in that it is so big that they can train on air to air and air to ground combat at the same time. He told us all about his training and how he got to be a pilot. He has served in Afganistan. It was so cool to walk around the F5 tigers that they fly and ask him questions about them.
From the hanger we went into the ready room where we saw the pilot’s flight gear and parachutes.
From there we went out on to the flight line where all the planes were. I know I have said it before but it was so cool!
Then we had a picnic lunch and walked around the airplane museum. It was really interesting to see the MiGs and the early jets.
The whole tour was a real treat. I love jets and especially fighter jets.
Here is the Flickr link to all my pictures from the tour.