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Reach For the Stars - OU0847

 Navigator Memorial

Hidden by  TommyGator

N 38° 33.551' W 121° 15.720' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > California
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 12 June 2015
 Date Created: 12 June 2015
 Last Modified: 02 January 2016
 Waypoint: OU0847


{{found}} 2 x Found
{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
{{comment}} 3 Comments
0 Notes
0 Watchers
2744 Visitors
2 x Rated
Rated as: N/A
GeoKrety History

Available Maps: Opencaching,Google Maps

Cache Attributes

Quick Cache Kid Friendly Wheelchair Access Available in Winter Listed on OCNA Only 

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Description   EN   

When you arrive at the posted coordinates, you will be standing in front of a memorial to United States Air Force Navigator training.

Mather Air Force Base, initially known as "Mills Field," opened in 1918, but was closed shortly after World War I.  After a period of inactivity, it was reactivated as a unit of several other military facilities, and became a separate military installation again in 1941. From that time until its closure in 1993, Mather AFB trained military aviators and became the sole school of aerial navigation for the United States Air Force. 

Seemingly countless numbers of Air Force officers earned their navigator wings at Mather where they learned to use "all available navigation aids" such as the stars, radio, radar, LORAN, and other electronic navigation systems

Today, Mather is now a civil facility and navigators no longer learn their skills here.  However, a dedicated group of historians established this memorial which depicts a stalwart and experienced instructor navigator teaching the proper use of a navigation sextant to an erstwhile student.

As you visit this site, sit down on the bench at the posted coordinates and ponder that the folks who graduated from Mather went on to lead their aircraft to myriads of remote and distant destinations, all without the aid of GPS.  As we geocache today with our hand-held GPS units and smartphones, it's good to hearken back to the early methods used to determine one's position, some of which have been used for thousands of years.

Note:  If the bench is missing, walk over to the nearby dedication plaque.

After you've paid your respects at this auspicious place, get up from the bench and examine the nearby dedication plaque.  Take note of the second word on the second line from the top, as that is the password (all caps) you will need to log this cache.


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Log Entries    {{found}} 2x {{not_found}} 0x {{comment}} 3x      New Log Entry

1 05 April 2016 KC3DX Found it

Visiting my Mother in Napa, California and thought I'd take a shot at this cache.  I now live in Pennsylvania so I don't get many chances to travel to my home state, but I always enjoy myself when I do.  Although I never got the chance to fly myself, I always loved watching the jets take off and land.  Sadly this base was among many that closed near the same time.  There is a lot of history here, and I enjoyed myself.

3 02 January 2016 TommyGator Comment

NOTE:  The password to log this cache has been changed, as well as the above description.  Thanks, sfcchaz!

Cache on!

1 01 January 2016 sfcchaz Found it

Thanks to the owner for the very quick response on this cache. Logging the find with the new password. You can see in the picture one of the cones where (just left of my face) the bench used to be. Happy trails. TFTC
Pictures Connected with this Log Entry:
sfcchaz at Reach For The Stars.
sfcchaz at Reach For The Stars.

3 01 January 2016 sfcchaz Comment

The bench has been removed. See picture. I do have the log password at home (Maryland) since I also created this cache in another listing service. I got a couple other shots of the plaques if the CO want to change the log password. TFTC

The cones are over the bolts that hold (use to hold) the bench down. Maybe it is just being serviced.


Pictures Connected with this Log Entry:
missing bench
missing bench

3 16 December 2015 sfcchaz Comment

Wow, I was looking at the map because I will be out this way in a couple week and saw this one. This is sort of eerie. See a cache I placed on the site in August of 2014.