Category Archives: places

Happy Bottom Riding Club

34.865, -117.966 (West of Edwards AFB, CA) The Happy Bottom Riding Club was a dude ranch, restaurant, and hotel operated by aviatrix Pancho Barnes near Edwards Air Force Base in the Antelope Valley of California’s Mojave Desert. Barnes and the club were both featured in Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book, The Right Stuff, and the 1983 […]

Edwards Air Force Base

Located approximately 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Lancaster, California next to next to Rogers Dry Lake, which acts as a natural extension to the runways, and which has the largest compass rose in the world. Location of Chuck Yeager’s flight that broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1, the flights of America’s first […]

Vandenburg Air Force Base

Located on the central coast of California, Vandenburg occupies a large area around Point Conception — the point where the California coast turns North which is roughly considered the geographic and climatological division between Northern and Southern California. Location of many missile tests, commercial rocket launches, and some space shuttle launches. While trying to convince […]