Flying in Ridgecrest, CA

I visited my in-laws this week in Ridgecrest, CA, and I wanted to go flying while I was out there. So I brought my Fly Baby, found their local club’s website and talked to their President about flying while I was there. He told me The Desert Valley Vultures fly on a dry lake bed on the China Lake Naval Base (Luckily my father-in-law has base clearance so I didn’t have to worry about getting a day pass).Windy Field

We went out to go flying tuesday morning to find that the wind was blowing at least 35 mph with gusts up to 75 mph. Normally I probably wouldn’t have been brave enough to fly in that kind of wind, but on a special trip like this I decided to toughen up and fly! I couldn’t taxi the plane out onto the runway due to the wind so I just rolled it on out there and took off. I managed to put two flights on the Fly Baby, both successful with perfect landings (Surprisingly)! At one point I was flying against the wind and a huge gust went by. At full throttle the plane wasn’t moving! Itwas scary, but thrilling and fun at the same time! Especially seeing their Airplane Graveyard at the entrance!


I want to thank the Desert Valley Vulture Club for being so inviting and letting me fly at your field. They are located in Ridgecrest, CA. All of their Information is on their website. If anybody is ever in that area, you should check them out:

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