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« on: May 25, 2010, 01:27:13 am »
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I don't live anywhere close to this place, but it looks like a cool abandoned airfield if someone wanted to go and check it out!

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2010, 10:36:12 pm »
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Maybe the wife and I can head out there Sunday or Monday.

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2010, 11:29:22 pm »
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            We have an abandoned Army Air Corps just north of me here in Northern AZ . I can see it from my living room window . Another fella went there with his new metal detector and found enough ammo to start and finish a small war . If you're looking at a map it's at a place called Red Lake . I am about 17 miles out of Kingman on old route 66 and 7 miles west of Hackberry .

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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2010, 09:48:31 am »
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Yeah, there was a whole lot of training out in this area during and immediately after WWII (still is for that matter).    I've been to a couple of small airfields .... haven't found anything worth mentioning (yet).   We've got another former training field just up the road from us which is now home to an international business school, but you can still find the landing strip alongside the place.  A couple of the old hangars, the control tower, and a couple of the other buildings have been re-purposed--so it serves well as a pattern for the possible layout of other sites

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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2010, 10:32:25 am »
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I've been hunting an old training field as well. So far I've only been able to find a button from a fatigue jacket and a 1941 penny. It's strange how these sites have just vanished basically from history. Check out sometime the old airfield site near Marfa, Texas. If you use Google Earth, just a little east of the town is the site of a major airfield and from the program you can see where every building, landing strip, and garage was at one time. Yet if you are standing at the Marfa Lights Vieweing Area facing towards the airfield, there is nothing but a desert plain and the mountains of Old Mexico in the distance.

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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2010, 10:38:54 am »
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Any of you interested in Abandoned Airfields might find this link useful
 

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I'ved used it myself a few times for airfields in both Arizona and Texas.    (of course cruising google earth is also a big help...especially once you learn what to look for---and in overbuilt areas, that isn't always easy)

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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2010, 12:40:24 pm »
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If anyone interested in old airfields lives near the San Angelo area, email me and we can make a metal detecting trip out to an airfield I've been hunting.

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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2010, 06:55:50 pm »
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BA   Thanks for the info. Just spent some time checking out a few airports in SW PA I used to haunt when I was a youngster!!

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« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2010, 09:38:16 pm »
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    The wife and I went out to Echevarria Field on Sunday.   Because we got a bit of a late start and it was already pushing the mid 90's by the time we got out there, we didn't do much detecting, but we did walk the area to get a feel for the site and its potential.   Only the one hangar is standing --and beware of bees in it.  All the other structures have been torn down or burned down.   The road from the gate to the hangar is really rough past the point of the  first photo.....so if you go out there, I suggest you park at this spot (at least your first trip out).
 
       It looks like some areas have been pretty heavily hunted.   Other areas of the site look like they are virgin (partly due to the huge amount of surface trash, even by southwest ghost location standards).   I did pick up a 1937 wheatie in the EF to AU range as well as a couple of odds and ends.

        If you go out that way, the entrance is gated.   The sign on the gate says "Echevarria Field Property of Wickenburg".   There is also a combination lock, but the gate was not locked and folks were off flying radio control planes on the other side of the field.

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Great pics BA. Looks like a huge bees nest!Which reminds me, any of you that have anaphylactic reactions to bee stings, etc. need to remember to bring your Epi pin's on trips like these. Glad to see you were able to make the trip out there, and I hope you find something interesting the next time you go!

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