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YouTube videos show plane crashes and other obscure parts of Eglin AFB

EGLIN AFB – In 2013, a woman nicknamed ‘Sandcastle Mama’ recorded a brief video of much of the Eglin Air Base reserve south of Duke Field covered with white plastic sheeting of various shapes and sizes.

” They call that “Plastic city“” Sandcastle Mama said of the video, which she posted on YouTube. “If you look at it from Google Earth, it looks like a city.”

On her blog, she noted that she and others had “found a geocache and a city that looks like something seen from a satellite but from the ground is something completely different.”

Geocaching is the outdoor recreational activity in which people use GPS and other navigation devices to hide and search for a cache of objects.

In her video, Sandcastle Mama said that one of the best things about this type of scavenger hunt is finding unusual places like Plastic Town.

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“Who would’ve thought I’d be standing on a roof on the floor?” She said of the tarp covered area.

Sandcastle Mama isn’t the only one sharing such off-the-beaten-path sites on YouTube on Eglin Preserve.

A series of other videos on YouTube share scenes of decaying military vehicles and destroyed planes, including a crashed drone, as well as footage of the exterior and interior of a rusty tank, a tower of lookout still standing but apparently long unused and even an apparent old whiskey distillery.

Some of the enthusiastic videographers travel to these and other obscure places on off-road motorcycles or four-wheeled vehicles. Others hike. A man who shares scenes from the alleged old distillery reached him after kayaking along clear, shallow Turkey Hen Creek near Crestview.

A few of these adventurers remind their viewers that they must have an Eglin Recreation Permit to explore the sites and other public access areas of the Military Reserve.

While Eglin covers 464,000 acres in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties, a permit and photo ID are required for anyone 16 years of age or older to access the 250,000 acres of the reserve which are conditionally open to the public.

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All or part of the reservation may be closed during military testing / training operations.

A daily recreation / fishing license costs $ 5 and an annual license costs $ 20.

Permits can be purchased online at or in person at the Eglin Natural Resources Office in Jackson Guard, 107 N. State Road 85 in Niceville.

The Recreation / Fishing License authorizes all general recreational activities such as fishing (state fishing license also required), boating, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, berry picking (except saw palmetto berries), swimming, picnics, bird watching and disc golf.

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On a last very important note: Eglin officials are warning all explorers to stay away from unexploded ordnance.

According to Eglin’s information, the reserve has supported military trials and training since 1939, and those authorized to enter the reserve are warned that they may encounter unexploded ordnance (bullets, bombs, rockets, flares, etc. .) in public spaces.

Unexploded ordnance can be above ground or partially or completely buried. Eglin advises pass holders not to approach, touch or disturb unexploded ordnance and not to use radios or cell phones in the vicinity.

If unexploded ordnance is spotted, Eglin asks you to mark the area, exit, and then report the location and description of the item (s) to one of the following: Eglin Security Forces (850 -882-2000), Jackson Guard (882- 4165 or 4166), Eglin Consolidated Command Post (883-4020) or 911 (let them know you are on the Eglin reservation).

Here are several YouTube video links showing unique sites on the Eglin Preserve, as well as the year they were filmed.

2020: drone wreck

2020: Distillery

2016: Plane wreck

2020: Reservoir

2021: Reservoir

2020: Tank and plane

2020: Watchtower

2017: Airplane

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