Last January we (Raymond, Rob and yours truly) took the opportunity to spent a week on the westcoast of the USA. Main target would be the AMARC at Davis Monthan and some other airbases in California, Arizona and Nevada. We landed at LAX on Saturday the 7th and rented a Dodge Caliber with Ohio-plates ('Ohio, Birthplace of Aviation').

First stop was at March ARB located in Riverside (On the eastside of L.A.). They have a great collection of planes at the March Field Air Museum and with any luck we hoped to see some of the operational aircraft as the Museum is bordered on the Airfield itself. Stationed is the 452nd AMW flying a mixture of KC-135R's and C-17A's. We arrived at 16.00 hrs. As we wanted to enter the Museum we where told that they where about to close. That really sucked but the Museumvolunteer noticed our disappointment and let us in. Most of the planes are parked outside. A really great collection ! Highlights included (at least for me) the F-100C, the F-101B, the B-47E, the F-102A ('Pilot: Lt.George W. Bush') and the F-105B. Inside they have the mighty SR-71 Blackbird and some other planes on display.

While at the Museum we also noted some local resident Globemasters and Stratotankers just across the runway on their platforms. Also four F-16's belonging to the California Air National Guard (149th FW) were noted standing in their corner of the airbase. After one hour the light worsened and we decided to hit the road. We spended the night at a Motel 6 in Sun City ending our first day of the trip.