Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport – Week of: 12/2/2013 – 12/8/2013
Article and Photos by Steven Valinski
Well, it was another productive week at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. What makes this different from other weeks, is that I did not spend a lot of time waiting for aircraft to show up. Thanks to friends with good “intel”, I was able to head down to the airport, get my shots, then leave. So, this week turned out to be high on the efficiency/effectiveness scale.
As for productivity, the “special guest” of the week was “Fat Albert”. Yes, the U.S. Navy C-130T that supports The Blue Angel’s demonstration team was at the airport. The Blue Angels were at the airshow convention in Las Vegas, NV, so I think the support team had another mission (golf). I’m sure it was something confidential (golf) and important (golf).
Other catches included: AirUSA’s Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jets and their Aero L-39 Albatros, a nice U.S. Army Special Ops Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk, a Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian (Boeing test helo), a U.S. Air Force Northrop T-38 Talon and a U.S. Navy/Marines McDonnell Douglas T-45 Goshawk.
Not a bad catch since I did not spend too much time there…thanks to good intel and good friends.