Star Wars Canyon

Source: CNN “Tucked in the western edge of Death Valley National Park, Rainbow Canyon — or Star Wars Canyon, as some call it — is an aviation geek mecca. Known as the Jedi Transition to the military, the canyon — which was carved by an ancient lava flow — sits in the vicinity of China Lake Naval Weapons Station and Edwards Air Force Base, deep in the California desert. The area has been used for low altitude flight training since World War II, with the narrow rock walls too alluring for fighter pilots to pass up. This creates the side benefit of giving observers and photographers the unique ability to look down on the jets as they scream by, afterburners lit. It’s like getting your own tower buzz.”

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