Well, autumn's arrived with a bang.
After lunch we ran in to a really enthusiastic trike flyer, who'd driven over from the other side of the airport to look at the gyros. He hung around to watch us take off - we decided to leave from 20 as there was a twin lining up to use it, and headed towards home. There's a new(?) fire to the West of Beale that's started to cloud up the air again :o(
We'd agreed to call Beale Air Force base and try to do a low pass along the runway, but they didn't answer. Nor Cal approach did, and they cleared us to fly through, so we did, at around 800'. There were 2 U2s, some KC-135s and a bunch of Global Hawk drones. Those things are huge, as you can see on Google Maps. This is partly Chris' track, as Randy and I had our transponders turned off to avoid too much noise for Nor Cal.
Chris broke off as we approached Lincoln, and Randy and I put the planes away.
Chris has posted the pictures he took to a Google photos share.
The van has a slow puncture on one tyre, but I don't think they'll fix it as the tyres are so damned old. I'd been planning on getting new tyres some time soon, so I guess that time's now :o(