Originally Posted by Flying dutchman
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.