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Boneyard

Boneyard

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Darrell Freeman 17-Dec-2013 17:46
This was a real hidden gem in the desert from 1986-1990 for me, lived at 131 Virginia Avenue, Base Housing. On holidays we would have block parties (July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, etc; barbecuing just about everything. Close to Los Angeles and Las Vegas at a distance, getting discount tickets at MWR. I worked four days a week training Guard and Reserve in the High Desert. It was a lot of fun! Det 1, 1816 RAS, air-conditioned trailers by the flight line and runways, breathing JP-4 fumes from F-4s Wild Weasels and trying to talk to each other over the noise of F-4s landing and taking off. Students putting up GP medium tents in Santa Anna winds, wind and heat. Then went to Iraq.
Dave 29-Aug-2013 06:16
I worked on the F4Cs-Ds and Es while I was there from 1967 thru 1970. Remember we took over the electronics maintenance for those planes from a civilian contractor (DynaElectric?) right after I got there. Someone mentioned the Youth Center in the comments, well I used to care for the outside of the Center and the Ball Fields as a part time job during the day when I worked swings on my official AF job for extra income,did that for 5-6 months,got a good tan.
Arden Fierman 04-Jun-2013 12:18
I was there from 1981 to 1982. I was assigned to the 35th TFW with the 21st Aircraft Maintenance Unit (F-4E Phantom II) until I got orders to Kadena. I got out of the Air Force in 1979 and re-entered in January 1981. Looking back on it, George wasn't such a bad place. The saying of, "F-4's don't die, they go to George" seems true.
Rob Kunkle 10-Dec-2012 07:27
I ejected out of an F4 here in 1984. I haven't thought about this place in years. It's kind of depressing seeing these photo's. My wife and I were just married, we lived on Shepperd St. What memories!
Guest 23-Aug-2012 04:49
Was there from 87 to 92 (Base Closure) Surely missed some good people there, but don't miss the base! The plane was a challenge, most definitely, but it still kicked butt during Desert Storm!!! Pineapple!
monique 30-Jul-2012 20:14
I lived there as a kid from 66 to 70. My dad was a Tech. Srgt. We lived on Texas St. which was at the time the end of GAFB civilization, beyond our home was nothing but miles of desert and we would walk out there and catch horny toads and lizards. We even brought back a tortoise once, but of course my dad made us return it.

Donna, I learned to swim at that swimming pool.

I live in Marina del Rey now but often recall the stunning beauty of the desert after a rainy day. I think those years gave me a real appreciation for the outdoors. Would I live there again? Hell no. But it was a great experience for a kid. They really kept us active with sports and I carry that with me to this day.
Bob Jones 26-Jun-2012 00:28
I was assigned to George early in 66. Had a great deal of fun with two guys Shaw and Neuberger. Thanks for all the help you gave and please contact me if you are out there.
Bob Jones 26-Jun-2012 00:25
GAB was my first duty station out of basic. I went from George to Viet Nam. I had a great deal of fun with two GIS Shaw and Neuberger. If you read this please contact me. I was the geen country boy that they took under their arms and looked after. Thanks guys I was there in 1966 only.
Donna Burke Richardson 27-Jan-2012 21:02
Donna Burke (Roger's sister)
1966-1971.........what a blast from the past!! Does anyone remember sitting in the park near the swimming pool and listening to the GI's play their guitars? How about hanging out at the Youth Center......or the 6 or 8 huge buses that came to cart us off base to Hook Jr High?? Lee Ellis, are you out there? Is the LottaBurger still in Apple Valley? Bikes on Turtle Hill and California Street.....all I remember from GAFB are good times...it's a shame it is gone........
Donna Burke Richardson 27-Jan-2012 21:01
Donna Burke (Roger's sister)
1966-1971.........what a blast from the past!! Does anyone remember sitting in the park near the swimming pool and listening to the GI's play their guitars? How about hanging out at the Youth Center......or the 6 or 8 huge buses that came to cart us off base to Hook Jr High?? Lee Ellis, are you out there? Is the LottaBurger still in Apple Valley? Bikes on Turtle Hill and California Street.....all I remember from GAFB are good times...it's a shame it is gone........
dennis 24-Jan-2012 03:01
I was at george air force base in 1960-1963 at rosewood street went back when it was closed in 2004 from pittsburg ks what a shame lot of money waste to close to edwards afb I guess
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