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Lonely Street
22-DEC-2007 Bill Collinson

Lonely Street

GAFB

One of my favorite images of the past couple of years. Time and the harsh desert climate are relentless in their progress.

Nikon D50
1/250s f/5.0 at 18.0mm iso400 full exif

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marvis walton 16-Mar-2014 21:39
GAFB was my 1st Permanent Assignment. I arrived there in Jan 1956 from basic training at LAFB and after a lifetime of Ohio winter harshness the desert was beautiful. The mountains seen from the flight-line gave me a religious experience. A lot of movies were filmed there so I was not the only one moved by the scenic vista. I worked POL in Supply. I lived in the barracks and worked on the flight line in refueling. As a 17 year old I learned to love every minute of it.

USAF somehow decided in their infinite wisdom to change from 86 fighters to F100 fighter-bombers. The results were fascinating to see as the heaver planes blew tires, ran into the rabbit catchers, mag wheels burning, and other such side shows.

Victorville was a whistle stop with little more than a cement company and a drug store to buy a Trail-ways bus ticket out of town. The Cajun Pass was a bunch of steep sharp turns that led into San Bernardino. But George AFB was what we called home. It was a pleasant sight when our vintage cars would break down leaving us to walk home at night following the beacon lights from the radio towers.

Things changed as I can see from your photos and remarks. I live in Las Vegas now and I am planning on visiting what remains of GAFB.
Thank You.
Guest 03-Mar-2012 15:49
Soooooo sad! It was such a beautiful place. Used to get a ticket for not watering grass and trees and now look at it.
Chris Bracken08-Nov-2010 17:14
It wasen't always that way. No one is there to water and take care of them. It used to be green and alive when I was there in 1968.
Guest 24-Sep-2009 03:09
I can't help but notice all the dead trees, bushes, and grass. Why is that?
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