The tour started with a Delta flight from Amsterdam to Atlanta on Thursday 25 April 2019. Ten of the eleven participants met at the new meeting point at Schiphol before that and the final participant flew in from Lyon that morning first and was welcomed while boarding.
Our first day truly in the Good ‘Ole US of A (Friday 26 April) started with a couple of preserved/derelict aircraft on our way to Warner Robins AFB and its magnificent museum. We had the whole morning scheduled for the museum, which isn’t an unnecessary luxury given the amount of aircraft. In the meantime the guys with an interest in numbers checked out the airbase and its Air Logistics Center where maintenance is performed on C-130s, C-5s, C-17s and F-15s. They returned with good results, but unfortunately the resident E-8s where in no mood to do any flying, or anything else for that matter, so it was decided not to spend any time in the approach after the group had finished in the museum. And thus we started moving, the next stop was the 8th Air Force Museum near Savannah, a good 2,5 hours’ drive. Not the largest museum compared to the others we would be visiting this tour, but a B-47 Stratojet in the museum garden sure makes up for size.
At Savannah airport we had hoped to encounter an bunch of F-35s which apparently had “escaped” MCAS Beaufort for the upcoming airshow, but unfortunately there was no F-35 to be seen. Afterwards we heard they actually had arrived but had all been put inside. Bummer! We had to content ourselves with the locally based C-130s, a couple of F-18s, and a nice collection of military and government Gulfstreams over at their facility. A drive through touristic downtown Savannah and a Skyhawk at the university sports grounds were the last achievements of the day, before heading to our hotel for a well-deserved dinner and rest.