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Flying into Lone Pine California !
Lone Pine Airport
Best time of the year to go? Fall with Film Festival weekend (Columbus weekend) being best.
Flight time in a Super Viking from KAJO? 1.2
Food on the airport? Several within a 1 mile walk.
Fuel on airport? Yes
Landing or Handling fees? No
Comments about arriving and departing.  Coming from the south there is a lot of restricted airspace and MOA's. Watch for glider operations.
Things to do at or near the airport. Walk to town for food. Visit the Film Museum.
Rate this stop with 10 being best, 5 average. 7.5 - Higher if you visit during the annual Lone Pine Film Festival.

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Flying the Owens Valley

If you've ever flow the Owens Valley in the morning, earlier the better, you know it's breath taking. The visibility is 50 to 100 miles, there is always snow on the peaks which often exceed 12,000' with Mt. Whitney checking in at 14,491'.

Landing at Lone Pine (o26) is pretty simple, watch out for gliders and LSA's using the dirt runway, their final approach crosses the approach end of runway 34. The problem is you can't really see the dirt runway it's so undefined.

After landing it's a half mile taxi to parking. You park next to HWY 395 making the walk to town much shorter. Right next to the airport is the Best Western Frontier Motel. It looked like a well maintained place and some of the rooms had a clear view of the ramp if you want to keep an eye on your plane. Getting to the Best Western requires a 2000' walk.

The south side of town is a half mile walk from the airport and town is only a half mile long so everything is accessible. Entering town the first business you'll find is the Lone Pine Film Museum. Why is a film museum in Lone Pine? The surrounding mountains were used as a movie set for many films, especially westerns. From the 1920 silent movies to more recent films like Tremors and GI Joe some shot almost entirely on location in the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine. The museum is a good stop and I would recommend it.

In town there were several other places to stay and all looked nice, The Dow Villa Motel is in the heart of the strip and was frequented by the stars during movie shoots. To name a few of the stars, John Wayne, William Boyd, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Pat Buttrum, Stewart Granger, Errol Flynn, Robert Mitchum and Clayton Moore.

Continue into town and you'll find 4 or 5 places to eat. I picked the Mt Whitney Restaurant based on the amount of cars in the parking lot, some local cars too. Pretty good place, you won't be disappointed. Across the street is the Seasons Dinner House and like the name says it's open for dinner only. I understand it's the best place in Lone Pine but I wasn't staying that late. 

Now, here is the Big Event!!! On Columbus Day weekend Lone Pine hosts a Film Festival. Events include old films, maybe a star or two. My interest was peaked by tours of old movie locations and a historic mining town. I was two weeks to late this year but plan to make this event in 2010.

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N4201B on the ramp at Lone Pine Bellanca Super Viking N4201B on the ramp at Lone Pine Airport.
The Lone Pine Airport It's a long ways from the terminal to the runway, it sure beats walking.
Lone Pine Runway Watch for the dirt glider / light sport runway and look before you taxi across it. It's hard to see from the air but that's the glider runway between the the sign and the closer windsock, right to left in the picture.
The Lone Pine Film Museum The Lone Pine Film Museum is the first business you'll see walking in from the airport. Very nicely done and worth the $5 admission. Look them up here.
Best Burgers in Lone Pine A popular restaurant in town. Less than a mile walk from the airport.
Nudies Cadillac CaCadillac El Dorado once owned by Nudie (Nutya Kotlyrenko), a tailor, specializing in elaborate Western wear and, later, rock band clothing. Dressed everyone from Elvis to Lennon, Roy Rogers to Buck Owens and Glen Campbell.
Pimp you Cadillac In his career, Nudie designed 18 custom automobiles featuring silver studs, rhinestones, Colt .45s and cattle horns. Seventeen were sold and he kept one, a 1975 Cadillac El Dorado. One of his custom-made autos, complete with bull horns from a genuine steer mounted on the front of the hood, was featured in the Monkees' movie "Head" (1968).
The Lone Pine Film Museum The Lone Pine Film Museum
The Lone Pine Film Museum The Lone Pine Film Museum
The Sierra Nevada Range The Eastern Sierra Nevada Range. I took this picture walking to town from the airport.
City of Lone Pine California The City of Lone Pine, the airport beyond.
Edwards Air Force Base and Rogers Dry Lake Bed Overflying Edwards Air Force Base and Rogers Dry Lake Bed
Edwards Air Force Base The Edwards runways on the dry lake bed can be clearly seen
Mt Baldy Mt. Baldy, elevation 10,064'

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