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KTCS 2022 Trinity Site and Spaceport America Fly-In


A Blast from the Past and a Flight to the Future

Host Bill Marvel is maintaining a standby list for this event.  He intends to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend and will be contacting people on the standby list after the event in April is complete.  Contact Bill at (310) 293 2013 or at

CPA Fly-in Sponsor: Bill Marvel

Join our trip both back in time and forward into the future the weekend of October 14-16, 2022

We will be visiting two venues -- Richard Branson’s futuristic Spaceport America launch facility from which space tourists will venture into earth orbit and also Trinity site, where the world’s first atom bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945. 

The weekend Schedule:

Friday, October 14th:

On arrival at Truth or Consequences airport (KTCS) October 14, you’ll receive “event unique” name badges and will be met by a private tour bus company and driven to Spaceport America for about a 4-hour tour.  The cost for that is $60 per person but practically free compared to the prohibitive cost of landing on the spaceport runway – several thousand dollars.  

Time constraints require us to have lunch in the bus on the way to the Spaceport but that beats missing lunch altogether!  Their tour buses hold 13 passengers, so the two available for us set the maximum number who can attend at 26.  Our buses will be dedicated to CPA members only. 
Afterwards, the buses will return us to the airport for the 50-mile flight north to Socorro NM (KONM) where city provided transportation will take us to the hotel, to and from Trinity Site the next day and then back to the airport the morning of the 16th for departure.  

There are no rental or courtesy cars available in Socorro but with a little ingenuity I plan to solicit some local pilots to help out with transport in and around this small town.  

Regardless, we’ll be staying at the Holiday Inn Express near restaurants and a brew pub so all of the necessities will be close by.   

Our Colorado Pilots Association group room rate is $135 a night.                      



Saturday, October 15th:

Trinity Site is open only two days a year and is located in the White Sands Missile Range within both ground and air restricted areas.  We’ll actually stand on ground zero and see the many artifacts brought to the site for the event.  We’ll also visit the McDonald Ranch House where the plutonium core was assembled and which contains rarely seen photos of that day.  It is located several miles from the blast site.  

Docents are at both locations to answer all of our questions.  Are you aware that the second bomb, dropped on Nagasaki, was the type tested at Trinity but the first bomb, dropped on Hiroshima, was never tested beforehand? 

And of course, we’ll have the ever-popular CPA Happy Hour events as well as a Saturday night group dinner in our own room at the Jackson Ranch Steakhouse.

Sunday, October 16th:

Sunday morning, city transport will return us to the airport for departure homeward.  

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to fly both backward in time and forward into the future!

Friday, October 14, 2022, 8:00 AM until Sunday, October 16, 2022, 5:00 PM
Truth or Consequence NM Airport
505 SIMS

Additional Info:
CPA Fly-in Sponsored
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee