Southern California Logistics Airport, or more colloquially called simply Victorville in the aviation community, is one of the larger storage and reclamation sites in California, and is still home to many interesting aircraft. Paul Filmer takes a flight around the airport.
As the perimeter road around the east side of the airport is now closed off, shots from the ground of the main storage area are more tricky but, luckily, a flight can sort that out.
Fittingly, as this is the former George Air Force Base, there is an F-4 Phantom displayed here, in really nice condition.
Some photos from the ground of the ramps to the south are possible, but you’ll need a wide lens and something that’ll poke through the fence at an angle.
Just outside the airport boundary is a yard containing ex Delta Air Lines Boeing 727-200, which has been here for many years.
You’ll see active aircraft here also, old aircraft being readied for new customers and new Boeing 787s for painting.
The highlight of the active aircraft was the Government of Senegal Boeing 727-200 fresh out of the paint shop. This is the photo at the top of this piece.
The General Electric Boeing 747-100 engine test-bed aircraft was shootable from both the ground and the air, and the Sierra Pacific Boeing 737-200 was on a charter flight.
There are a surprising amount of Lockheed Tristars still here, the first being ex Delta Airlines L-1011-1 N729DA. Delta were the largest user of the Tristar and most of the fleet were scrapped here. This last example was supposed to be going to the Joe Davis Heritage Park in Palmdale, but never made it.
N91011 is a L-1011-500 which belongs to Tristar Trust in Kansas City, MO and was supposed to be ferried there, but I can’t find any recent plans about this, so presumably they ran out of money.
HZ-AB1 is also a L-1011-500 and was last used as private aircraft for Prince Abdul Aziz Al Ibrahim, and has been stored here since 2009.
There are two operators that dominate the scene here, the first being Federal Express, with Boeing 727, Airbus 300, Airbus 310, MD-10 and MD-11 airframes dotted around.
The other major airline represented is British Airways, with Boeing 737, 767 and 747 airframes.
There are some interesting MD-11s here as well, aside from the FedEx aircraft.
Boeing 707-300C N707SE is stored here still in its old South African Air Force colours. What the plan for this aircraft is, I have no idea.
Deta DC-10-40F UP-DC102 also still looks to be in pretty good condition.
It’s quite a challenge to pick off the individual aircraft as there are so many rows and some are so close to each other.