Ali Al Salem Base – Open House
I got a message from Uptill1 Friday night that from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm people are allowed into the base with a few machines to show, I was not going to miss this opportunity. I saw the pictures from last time and I didn’t want to miss out on it, military machines are beyond cool. I have been to a few military bases before, and they are very thorough when you are going through the gate. This time around they just asked who told you, wrote down the name, you park your car and get on the bus to be taken to the airfield.
At first I didn’t have a clue where Ali Al Salem Base was but thanks to Google Maps the directions were easy and clear, and I got there pretty quickly. One thing though, they installed A LOT of new cameras on the 6th ring road. When we got on to the runway you see a few fighter jets that were used during the GulfWar and a few helicopters to your right and one of them is the Amir’s Emergency helicopter, from what I heard he has a new one and this is just an Emergency helicopter which was still cool to see.
You could step inside most of these planes and helicopters which was pretty cool. I then got attracted to the Apache Attack helicopters, I have always played them in games and this is the first time I have seen them in real life and they are amazing. There was the Kuwaiti version and the American version, the American one seemed newer and better maintained but still they both looked menacing.
I kept walking around with so many things to see, there were horses prancing around and a live band but I was honestly to busy gawking at this beautiful works of art. I do love military hardware, there were some dud missiles hanging off the wings of the Fighter Jets, but being up close right next to them is still intimidating. There was a MATV which is basically the replacement of HUMVEE and they had decommissioned grenades and rocket launchers for people to play with, even a couple of AK47s. Personally I wasn’t going to take a picture of myself with those things like some people were doing, I prefer to travel to Western Countries without getting a cavity search. There were some cool Army Fire Fighting Trucks and kids were shooting the water hose which was pretty cool.
What caught my eye were there very large machines, the C-130 Hercules, B-1B Lancer, and the C-17 GlobeMaster. I loved these the most, they were huge, the B-1B Lancer is a Bomber, it’s basically a gigantic jet and can carry a huge payload of bombs. The C130 Hercules is a large transport plane, you can carry a car and several soldiers. The Globemaster is just something else, it can carry 2-3 cars and 2 dozen soldiers, that thing is humongous. If Bruce Wayne ever needed a plane to transport his toys then it would be this one, I seriously was amazed by it’s size pictures do not do it justice, it is like a flying warehouse but a lot tougher.
This was probably one of the funnest tours I have gotten yet, and honestly every should have gone, but too bad it was only open from morning until afternoon and just by luck I heard about it. I’m surprised it isn’t advertised. There were a lot of American Soldiers there and they were having a good time too, a lot of families and kids everywhere, but it didn’t seem like it was fully open to the public, but still I will be going next year hopefully when they do it again.
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