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Old 02-11-2019, 12:16 PM
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The Midland International Air and Space Port - the greatest pile of political BS to hit west Texas, but yes it's real. KMAF is a legitimate "spaceport" because XCOR (at least I think it was them) came out here and leased a hangar with lots of grand plans, and then it all evaporated after they spent a buttload of city grants and the airport got the official Spaceport designation.

As for the rest, yes the oilfield out here are pretty intense - you will see oil wells every few hundred yards in some areas for miles. The wind turbines are a relatively recent addition but they are becoming quite plentiful, fairly popular with the farmers because unlike the oilfield, they still get to use the land under the turbines for farming.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:22 PM
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The Midland International Air and Space Port - the greatest pile of political BS to hit west Texas, but yes it's real. KMAF is a legitimate "spaceport" because XCOR (at least I think it was them) came out here and leased a hangar with lots of grand plans, and then it all evaporated after they spent a buttload of city grants and the airport got the official Spaceport designation.
There's always this "spaceport"

http://airnav.com/airport/48U
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:41 PM
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Not all rockets go into space and they all do pass through the lower altitudes to get higher. Might be a good idea to listen to atis or check notams for a launch schedule, could get a unpleasant surprise.
Well, actually, no. The rocket is air-launched from a carrier aircraft at about 40,000 ft.

When it comes back down to earth, it is not a rocket, it is a glider. So maybe it should have a glider symbol next to it

Yeah, I read about XCOR at Midland. Even after they were dead, the City Council voted to keep spending money, putting good money after bad. Hope springs eternal.
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