Our visit to Fallon started at half past eight in the morning on Thursday 8 October. After filling in the necessary paperwork we could enter the base together with some English guys. Our familiar host Zip was ready to go again and the weather was very good. Since Zip knows exactly what we want he also makes sure to know what will happen and where to go (or not). Carrier Air Wing 3 was also present and they were very active. First we took pictures of E-2C, EA-18Gs, F/A-18A,E,Fs and F-16s and then the VFC-13 F-5s. One of the F-5s was given a new colour scheme, named Bumblebee, with lots of yellow in it. Very nice! We could capture the launch of the Carrier Air Wing and the adversaries of VFA-204 that the wing had hired. The Fallon based aircraft were not so active, only a couple of VFC-13 F-5Ns and an F-16B. But, we had already taken pictures of the Fallon aircraft on the platform. Before we left for today’s destination (Sacramento) we visited the museum park on base. On our way to Sacramento we stopped at Reno to take a picture of the preserved RF-4C at the gate. This took way more effort than anticipated, but anyway. Then we went to the other side of the city where you can find Reno Stead Apt. Clouds had appeared by now, but we were able to capture the aircraft in sunny conditions. The field is open and after asking we were allowed to capture the warbirds on the platform. On the dump we discovered Su-25 wings carrying Ukrainian markings… We found out that a two-seat Su-25 was present in a large hangar nearby. Luckily this hangar was opened up for us and we did see the Su-25, together with a S-70 Firehawk (a Blackhawk that is modified for firefighting duties). When we were happy here we continued to our Motel in Sacramento. The restaurant was next door so that was very convenient. The evening was relaxed and contained discussing the plans for tomorrow. Should we try and visit the rehearsals for the Fleet Week air display or stick to the plan and visit the show on Saturday?