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Old 10-26-2013, 12:00 PM   #11
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If you are driving in from the west on I 40, and want a cg. the Oasis cg is a great place. it's on the right before you get into town and there is a gas station and restaurant just before you turn right. Google Oasis in Amarillo to get to their website
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:04 PM   #12
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We stayed a couple of times at KOA Amarillo. Nice CG with enough space. You may even see V-22 Ospreys flying from the Bell Boeing assembly plant. And if you like beef there is a free shuttle service to the Big Texan steakhouse, home of the 72 oz steak challenge.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:45 PM   #13
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We stayed a couple of times at KOA Amarillo. Nice CG with enough space. You may even see V-22 Ospreys flying from the Bell Boeing assembly plant. And if you like beef there is a free shuttle service to the Big Texan steakhouse, home of the 72 oz steak challenge.
The Ospreys are built/assembled at what was the Amarillo AFB. I went to the second phrase of AF basic training there and then to the B47 mechanics school where I first saw my first B47.

There was a SAC wing there at the time plus the AF Training Command (split base which was interesting).

Some interesting trivia about the base - the base contains the longest paved runway of any AF base ( either 12k or 14k long) and is now used by the Amarillo Airport (KAMA).

Also - LBJ closed the base after he learned that Amarillo didn't give him the majority vote when he first ran for president. I believe that part of the former base is now occupied by a branch of the Texas State Technical Institute and Bell Helicopter moved the Osprey production from Fort Worth to Amarillo.

I believe Bell also refurnished the Huey helicopter at the Amarillo facility during the Vietnam War.

One other thing - the U.S.did and I believe still does store,maintain and break down our nuclear weapons at a facility called Pan-Tex which is located close to the Amarillo city area.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:49 PM   #14
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Lived and grew up there. But never camped in Amarillo. Always went to the area lakes, that are now dried up, or Palo Duro Canyon. Either way, try to stay upwind of the stockyards.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:53 PM   #15
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Lived and grew up there. But never camped in Amarillo. Always went to the area lakes, that are now dried up, or Palo Duro Canyon. Either way, try to stay upwind of the stockyards.
Good advice - however that what most people call stink from the stockyards is called money by the ranchers there.
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Old 10-27-2013, 12:58 PM   #16
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Of course Amarillo was a stopover to go to Either Palo Duro S.P. or Caprock S.P. But but would not be close enough to I-40 to serve as an overnight stop. But both are highly recommended. Lots of history.
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Thanks, we might stop on the way home spend the night at the koa and explore.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:14 PM   #18
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The Ospreys are built/assembled at what was the Amarillo AFB. I went to the second phrase of AF basic training there and then to the B47 mechanics school where I first saw my first B47.

There was a SAC wing there at the time plus the AF Training Command (split base which was interesting).

Some interesting trivia about the base - the base contains the longest paved runway of any AF base ( either 12k or 14k long) and is now used by the Amarillo Airport (KAMA).

Also - LBJ closed the base after he learned that Amarillo didn't give him the majority vote when he first ran for president. I believe that part of the former base is now occupied by a branch of the Texas State Technical Institute and Bell Helicopter moved the Osprey production from Fort Worth to Amarillo.

I believe Bell also refurnished the Huey helicopter at the Amarillo facility during the Vietnam War.

One other thing - the U.S.did and I believe still does store,maintain and break down our nuclear weapons at a facility called Pan-Tex which is located close to the Amarillo city area.
As a former aviation guy ( 10 year bag smasher for Delta) this sounds like a great place to check out and explore the history . During the recent floods in Co, I watched all the helicopters fly back and forth for recovery efforts. Pretty amazing, if you appreciate it!
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As a former aviation guy ( 10 year bag smasher for Delta) this sounds like a great place to check out and explore the history . During the recent floods in Co, I watched all the helicopters fly back and forth for recovery efforts. Pretty amazing, if you appreciate it!
I don't know how much of the base is still there (I was there from 09-60 to 12-60) and interesting when I was hired as a FAA inspector, I was based in Lubbock which has Amarillo in its district,so I was back in Amarillo quite often. I was at Lubbock from 1980 to 1990.

There were still some B52 nose hangars standing then,but they may be gone now.

There is probably some local history regarding the base around Amarillo that you might seek out plus do a Goggle search.
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The Ospreys are built/assembled at what was the Amarillo AFB. I went to the second phrase of AF basic training there and then to the B47 mechanics school where I first saw my first B47.

There was a SAC wing there at the time plus the AF Training Command (split base which was interesting).

Some interesting trivia about the base - the base contains the longest paved runway of any AF base ( either 12k or 14k long) and is now used by the Amarillo Airport (KAMA).

Also - LBJ closed the base after he learned that Amarillo didn't give him the majority vote when he first ran for president. I believe that part of the former base is now occupied by a branch of the Texas State Technical Institute and Bell Helicopter moved the Osprey production from Fort Worth to Amarillo.

I believe Bell also refurnished the Huey helicopter at the Amarillo facility during the Vietnam War.

One other thing - the U.S.did and I believe still does store,maintain and break down our nuclear weapons at a facility called Pan-Tex which is located close to the Amarillo city area.
Just a side note. Edwards AFB hard surface runway is a little over 15000 ft and the dry lake bed runway is about 7 miles long.
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