Nevada '03 - Las Vegas, Kingman and Nellis AFB (including Capstone)

6 Feb 2003 to 12 Feb 2003

Las Vegas' McCarran Airport is a great place to catch Southwest, America West and other colorful paint schemes. Because of the popularity of the casinos you can also catch a fair number of charters like HMY, Skyservice and Ryan.

Just about 2 hours drive to the east of Las Vegas is Kingman Airport in Kingman, AZ. Kingman is not a very active airport but has a number of stored aircraft including an unprecedented number of turboprop puddle-jumpers.

Perhaps the highlight of the trip was an invitation to witness the USAF Capstone air power demonstration. Four times a year the USAF blows up the desert near Indian Springs, NV. The range is part of the Nellis AFB ranges. The exercise is a show of power and a dog-and-pony show for military brass.

The photos below can only give you a slight idea of what it's like to see and feel tons of bombs hitting the desert. In all, two B-52's, one B-2, two B-1's, two F-117s, several F-16s, F-15s & A-10s and one AC-130 fired live ordnance.

Las Vegas - Mccarran International (LAS) - Feb 2003
Indian Springs - Af Aux (INS) - 7 Feb 2003
Las Vegas - Nellis AFB (LSV) - 10 Feb 2003
Kingman (IGM) - 11 Feb 2003
Las Vegas - North Air Terminal (VGT) - 11 Feb 2003


Las Vegas - Mccarran International (LAS)

163439 F-18C
64-13297 T-38A
C-GJUK A319-100
C-GMYD 757-200
C-GMYD 757-200
C-GTDB A320-200
D-ALAB A320-200
G-VROM 747-400
G-VROM 747-400
JA8086 747-400
N118RW 737-200
N118RW 737-200
N189AW 737-200
N1PC 737-200
N1PC 737-200
N254RY 737-400
N294AS 727-200
N308TZ 737-800
N334SW 737-300
N352SW 737-300
N368MX A320-200
N383SW 737-300
N503JB A320-200
N505JB A320-200
N506JB A320-200
N5175U CT-43A
72-0282
N553TZ 757-300
N556JB A320-200
N57852 757-300
N580HA 767-300
N584NW 757-300
N586NW 757-300
N588HA 767-300
N588HA 767-300
N59083 DC-10-30
N617AS 737-700
N629SW 737-300
N632AU 757-200
N682CA 727-200
N720AX DC-10-30
N727SW 737-700
N738AL 737-700
N762MX 757-200
N763MX 757-200
N763MX 757-200
N763MX 757-200
N781WN 737-700
N781WN 737-700
N801AM 757-200
N802NK MD-82
N814NK MD-83
Celebrating 10 Years!
N860GA MD-83
N861LF MD-83
N901AW 757-200
N902AW 757-200
N905AW 757-200
N907AW 757-200
N909FR A319-100
N920FT 747-200F
N966AX DC-9-40
XA-NAF 737-200

Indian Springs - Af Aux (INS)

B-52
B-52
F-117A
F-15E
79-0170 A-10A
80-0200 A-10A
81-0977 A-10A
86-0117 B-1B
86-0117 B-1B
86-0124 B-1B
86-0124 B-1B
86-0220 F-16C
87-26010 HH-60G
89-0128 B-2A
89-0128 B-2A
89-0128 B-2A
89-0128 B-2A
90-0261 F-15E
90-0261 F-15E
90-0726 F-16C
90-0726 F-16C
90-0726 F-16C
90-0726 F-16C
90-0740 F-16C
90-0740 F-16C
90-26309 HH-60G
90-26309 HH-60G
90-26309 HH-60G
90-26309 HH-60G

Las Vegas - Nellis AFB (LSV)

78-0658 A-10A
79-0199 A-10A
80-0006 F-15C
85-0106 F-15C
85-0106 F-15C
85-0133 F-15D
87-0323 F-16C
Look at the runway, not us!
87-0327 F-16C
Crashed 14 Sep 2003
88-0471 F-16C
89-2144 F-16C
90-0258 F-15E
90-0262 F-15E
91-0362 F-16C
carrying a live AGM-154A Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)
91-0473 F-16D
Carrying live ordinance
96-0200 F-15E

Kingman (IGM)

765 18
C5-ABM 727-200
EC-DCD 727-200
N15017 L-1011
N164PC Jetstream 31
N304AE 340
N3054V C-54D
N51802 C-54G
N546S C-123K
Used in the movie xXx
N7036T L-1011
N7036T L-1011
N712DH 727-100
N870TV DC-8-70F
N87MD MD-87
MD87 Prototype
N90203 C-54G

Las Vegas - North Air Terminal (VGT)

N140SA DHC-6
N91JK HH-1H

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