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A Word About Jet Noise

Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, jet noise is all pervasive in the Mojave. If you are looking for peace and quiet 24/7, the Mojave may not be the place for you, at least between 6:00AM and 5:00PM Monday through Friday. On the other hand, if you're jet freaks like us, you'll be in hog heaven in the Mojave. Much of the Mojave lies beneath military air space, from NAWC China Lake in the northwest, to Edwards AFB in the central Mojave, to Fort Irwin to MCAS Twentynine Palms in the south central, to MCAS El Centro to NAS Yuma in the south and southeast, to Nellis AFB and the Nellis Range near Las Vegas in the east, and yes, even Area 51. That pretty much covers the entire Mojave. You'll hear jets at low level in Saline Valley, at high altitude in the Edwards supersonic corridor (which parallels Highway 58 between Mojave and Kramer Junction) and at every other level in between, with accompanying sonic booms. You'll hear them from a great distance or they'll sneak up on you and scare the wits out of you. In addition to the jets you'll find a plethora of everything else in the military inventory, from helicopters like Hueys and Blackhawks, to airlifters like the C-130 and C-17, to bombers like B-52s and B-1s, to tankers like the KC-135 and KC-10. You'll even see the Stealth fighter and bomber if you hang around long enough.

The point is, these high-tech big boy toys can be quite annoying if you don't like airplanes, and very exciting if you do. When and where do they fly? Well, guess what? That info is available to the public. The multitude of restricted airspace blocks over the Mojave have been lumped together into one unit called the "R-2508 Complex," which believe it or not, has its own website. If you're planning a trip to the Mojave and want to know when to avoid jets or when to see them, simply go to the R-2508 website.

Happy Landings!

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