While many Cat 6 travelers, including Lady Cat 6, live within easy driving distance of an AMC terminal, many more do not. So, how do those prospective travelers desiring the adventure of space a find opportunity?
There are a couple of possibilities:
- Incorporate the journey to and from your nearest AMC terminal into your adventure (commercial flights, train rides, or driving), or,
- Look beyond the AMC universe for other likely sources of flights!
Today, we examine option #2.
There are several options for flights outside the world of AMC. Several Navy and Air Force (that’s right – not all Air Force bases are AMC), a few USMC, and various Air National Guard and Reserve bases throughout the nation offer space a flights – some on a regular basis, some more hit-and-miss. Several of these are linked on the official AMC Travel Website: http://www.amc.af.mil/amctravel/index.asp located just below the list of AMC terminals. Take a look, and see if there is one near you! These terminals all have Facebook pages you can “like” to follow their schedules.
Others take a bit of searching out. If you know there is a Naval Air Station (NAS), a Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), a Joint Reserve Base (JRB), or Air National Guard Base (ANG) near you, you can try Googling the name of the base, followed by “passenger terminal” or “space a”.
For example: Googling “Mississippi Air National Guard space a” will lead you to a link to the home page of the 172nd Airlift Wing: http://www.172aw.ang.af.mil/spacea.asp with space a information, including their flight recording, passenger terminal personnel, sign up email address and other pertinent items. Lady Cat 6 has seen planes from the 172nd on the tarmac at Hickam, in Hawaii, many times!
Another example: Googling “JRB Fort Worth space a” leads you to a link to their Facebook page, where you can see the upcoming flight projection and sign up procedures in the photo section: www.facebook.com/NASFortWorthJRB CONUS locations, The Far East and sometimes Europe are possibilities.
Finally, Googling “Kaneohe Bay passenger terminal” leads to a link to the page of MCB Kaneohe Bay, with their information:
http://www.mcbhawaii.marines.mil/Units/SubordinateCommands/MarineCorpsAirStation/SpaceAvailableTravel/72HourSpaceAvailableSchedule.aspx Flights go mostly to California, though some head the other way over the Pacific.
If you’re looking for a free source that lists multiple bases in one location, you can also consult sites like John Doyle’s http://www.spacea.net/usa-locations , http://www.baseops.net or http://www.ujspaceainfo.com for more comprehensive information about which bases have flight opportunities, and how to contact them.
If you’re a member of Facebook, you can request to join the closed “Space A Travlers of the USA” group: www.facebook.com/groups/325711150854371/ and get pointers and tips from a large community of experienced space a travelers.
If you want to spend some money to get your info, there’s Dirk Pepperd’s site: http://www.pepperd.com
So, if you don’t live near a “mainline” AMC terminal, don’t despair – there are other options out there!