Saturday, August 28

HH100 Report - Sheppard AFB

Entry to Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls Texas, on HH100 Day
Last year, I really didn't have much of anything to say about the "Hotter 'N Hell 100" rally, as noted here. This year, it seems things are quite different. So different, in fact, that I shall divvy up the HH100 into several reports. First up, this year, rather than riding the whole hundred again in frigid sub-100 conditions, I decided to take the shortcut from Hell's Gate and include Sheppard AFB in my itinerary. It was a good choice. If you ride the full 100 miles, you'd miss this and it is not something you really want to miss. It is included in all the other ride distances.

By the way, some of you may not know, but the Air Force is the most enlightened and sensible of the Armed Forces. Even those that come from the Marines will admit there's compelling logic about an Armed Service that keeps the enlisted men on base while sending the officers out to fight.

Right Inside the Sheppard AFB Gate, You are Greeted by the Iconic Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. The Last of These Rolled off the Production Line in 1962

Turn Right and You'll See Sheppard Planes on Display, Including an All-Time Favorite, the Northrop T-38. Including F-5 Models, Over 3500 were Built.

They Also Have Other Planes on Display

Look in Front of the C-130 Hercules and You'll See Ladies in Pink with Wings on Their Backs. They Were a Favorite With the USAF Personnel

As You Can See, We Were Allowed Good Views of the Planes, and Flight Crew Answered Questions, as About this A-10 Warthog

Continuing Along, Past an F-111 Display, We Were About to See the Treat for the Day

We Got to Run a Friendly Gauntlet of Cheering Sheppard Airmen Who Were as Enthusiastic as it Looks

A LONG Gauntlet!

At Sheppard, as Elsewhere, the Water Tower
Lets You Know the Next Landmark in Advance


Lone Lobo said...

Thanks for the pix. I was there without camera. I kept asking the winged pixies what kind of fairies they were and was told they were in fact, Angels in Hell. But they definitely had fairy wings and the gold pipe cleaner halos were probably fake. I was surprised to find that fairies still have to visit the porta potties...who would have thought....

Chandra said...

Of the entire HH, this was the part I enjoyed the most! Glad you had fun and got more pics than I did.

Peace :)

Apertome said...

I've noticed that on a lot organized rides, the longer routes sometimes miss the most interesting parts. It's a real shame! Glad you opted to see the air force base, it looks very interesting indeed.

Rat Trap Press said...

It looks like you had an enjoyable day. Maybe I can join you guys next year.

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