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In Reply to: RE: #3 posted by fredtr on March 26, 2017 at 07:25:32
I've been hiking on average three to four trails a week during wildflower season. So far the prettiest trail was the White Tank Mountain's Waterfall trail. It's a real tourist trail but worth the trip. I'm sure it's past peak by now.
This week we plan on going back to the Superstition Mountain area. We found a really nice trail off the Bulldog Canyon trailhead. I think they are still developing that trail but it is beautiful.
I was just looking over the Seven Springs area yesterday. I want to Jeep to the top of Humboldt mountain and see the radar dome.
That's excellent, you sure have the right vehicle for getting to these places. And the weather is perfect right now.
Years ago friends of ours were hiking in the Superstitions, it was a warm day, he had taken his shirt off. His wife said she wished she could do that. He encouraged her, said there is no one around. She did and they go over the next rise and run into a troop of boy scouts. I told her now if you see them they all have their breast sighting merit badges.
I think about a horrible Air Force T-38 crash while I was in pilot training at Williams Air Force Base.
Two other student pilots and myself were driving back to the base at night from a movie in Phoenix. We saw this huge fireball in the Superstation Mountain area East of the base, and would later learn that it was one of the student pilots flying visually at night for training purposes. Lots of fast airplane but way too little flying experience. Of course, that was true of all of us at this time in our earliest days of flying.
I was a kid in the 70's riding my bicycle down Rockaway twpk in the rain. Heard what sounded like a truck driving into a bunch of those metal garbage cans. Looked over and saw parts of a plane winging over the road way in flames.
Ronny Pollitano and myself were the first two people on the seen for about 20 or so minutes. Yeah, two young teens standing in the middle of an airliner debris field with bodies all over the place. Then a cop drove up and said "hey get out of there". That was the crash that spurred on the technology for wind shearing.
Sorry you had to see that, and certainly one you will never forget.
The windshear training is very extensive now and part of every pilot's flight exam every six months. Aircraft are now equipped with windshear detectors and voice command instruments.
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