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I'm planning to conduct free NightScape photo walks around the world. The locations will be conveniently close to a major city, yet far enough away to provide reasonably good photography of the starry night sky. For more information go to this blog post (http://intothenightphoto.blogspot.com/2015/09/nightscape-photo-walks.html). This photo was taken 2 years ago at our NightScape Photo Walk around Silver Lake (near Brighton, UT). Nearly 100 photographers attending this free event. I invite all our group photographers to suggest future photo walk venues by tagging your favorite astro-landscapes (on Instagram, Facebook or Google+) with the hashtag: #NightScapeWalk (capitalization is not required). Please include the location of your NightScape and any other interesting background information in your photo description. To qualify, locations should be within 50 miles (80 km) or 90 minutes drive time from a major city or metropolitan area (over 100,000 population). Showcasing You: From time-to-time, I will feature some of the best images on my Instagram profile and Facebook Fan page, complete with credits and links to the photographer. Some of these suggested locations may become venues for future NightScape Photo Walks that I will organize and provide free to the public. Looking forward to hearing from you, Royce Bair, Organizer IG: @RoyceBairPhoto ( https://instagram.com/roycebairphoto/ ) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roycebairphoto
NOTE: This information is provided as an optional, on-your-own activity for those persons attending our Photo Walk in Wendover (http://www.meetup.com/NightScape-Photography/events/228742409/), Nevada (March 10-12). The Wendover Airfield is the most complete and original remaining WW II Army Air Corps base in the country. During World War II Wendover Airfield (http://www.wendoverairbase.com/) served as a primary training site for 21 heavy bombardment groups of B-24 and B-17 aircraft. In 1944, the 509th composite group comprised of the famous B-29 crews of the Enola Gay and Bocks Car completed their land based training at the Wendover airfield. At its peak the Wendover Airfield housed almost 20,000 service personnel and over 1,000 air crews completed their training here. By 1944 a total of 668 builds had been constructed here. Surrounding bombing fields would grow to 3,500,000 acres and represent the largest military reserve in the world! A current view of the airfield, with the Enola Gay Hangar The Airfield Museum is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, 7 days a week. It is located only one-half mile south of the Montego Bay Resort, right underneath the original orange and white Control Tower (see map (http://bit.ly/1QelWCr)). The museum has dozens of historical items and exhibits (http://www.wendoverairbase.com/museum). Self-Guided Tour: A self-guided tour package is available at the Historic Wendover Airfield Museum for a suggested donation of $2.00: It includes a 24-page tour booklet with a map showing the base and 15 key points of interest. Points of interest are labeled in alphabetical sequence with arrow to indicate the direction to travel to the next historic point of interest. Each stop provides Historic Markers with additional information. A LARGER view (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ironrodart/24597172103/) of this map is available GUIDED TOUR: Most of the hangars and buildings on the aircraft tarmac are NOT open to the public. Some areas, such as the bomb loading pits, the Enola Gay Hangar, and the Norden bomb-sight storage facility are accessible via a paid guided tour. These 1-hour airfield tours (http://www.intermountainguidenevada.com/wendover-air-field-tours/) are available for $25/person, starting at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:30 pm. Reservation can be made by calling[masked] (7 days a week 8am to 6pm MST).