Make a left after the Joshua tree

There is a ‘golden triangle’ of cities in the southwest USA bounded by Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix. A well-trodden tourist trail connects them, but in between many small airports offer a great deal to interest aviation enthusiasts. Keith Burton covered a route he last travelled ten years ago, revisiting less well known and quirky airfields few airline passengers are likely to see.


Frontier Airlines Airbus A319-112 N902FR (c/n 1515) touches down at Las Vegas McCarran International, a good starting point for a trip around the southwest USA. (Simon Gregory/ AviationImage Network)

Las Vegas – Sin City, famed for its casinos – is a convenient starting point for a trip around the southwest of the USA. It has good air links with the rest of the country and its countless hotels offer respite after a long flight, whatever the budget. After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, it is time to get moving and visit the first of many airports dotted around the region. The most important decision is – does the journey go clockwise or anticlockwise? Anti.

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