I was at 11,500 heading for home passing very near and south of R-2515 (Edwards AFB). I could see this large shadow in my 10:00 low coming right at me. At first I thought it was the shadow of a heavy above cast on to the ground but the shadow was clearly defined and not transparent. It took a couple of seconds but as it got closer I could make out the silhouette A very black U2 passed directly under me. That was a first!
I didn’t have time for a picture but two of my friends were on the same frequency. I can hear it now; “Yea right, I was a crow”.
Joshia, 01B. The traffic that just passed under me. Was that a U2? (I knew it was)
*Joshia, 01B. The traffic that just passed under me. Was that a U2? *
It took almost a minute.
*01B affirmative. *
My sighting was confirmed!
There’s a lot of neat aircraft flying in that area. Same area, a couple years ago:
Joshua: Five five victor, traffic is a B2 heavy eleven moving ten o’clock four miles, will pass behind you. me looking, see nothing
Me: Looking, confirm that’s a stealth bomber, five five victor.
Joshua: Affirm. wtf, how are you supposed to see a stealth bomber? 30 seconds pass B-2 banks for a turn, giant black triangle appears in the sky
Me: B2 heavy in sight, five five victor.
My dad used to teach at Mojave High School. I used to go out there with him when I was home from college and just watch to see what was going over Mojave from Edwards. Great place to watch the shuttle come in as well (if you can’t get through the line to get into Edwards for the actual landing).
Prior to Sept. 11, 2001, the Mojave Airport was open for people to walk the ramp. There was a sign at the office that stated all were welcome, but they ask that no one enter any buildings or climb on the aircraft. I saw Darrell Grennamyer old F104 that he crashed there in the desert when he couldn’t ge the landing down.