Arrival Day for the Van Nuys Airshow, Friday June 23, 2000


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I spent Friday, June 23, 2000 watching the arrival of airplanes for the airshow at Van Nuys Airport. This year's airshow is coming up on June 23-24. I will be at the usual place again.

U. S. Navy Fairchild C-26D, 90-7038 U. S. Navy Fairchild C-26D, 90-7038 was built as a C-26B Metro for the Air Force. The Navy has mounted an unusual pod under the rear fuselage.

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, 57-1462 Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, 57-1462 serves the 121st Air refueling Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard at Columbus.

121st Air refueling Wing Visit the web site of the 121st Air refueling Wing.

Visit the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker Product Page.

Rockwell Sabreliner 265-40 N467H Rockwell Sabreliner 265-40 N467H is owned by Raytheon and operates from the Van Nuys airport. It was built in 1962. It appears to have some kind of sensor head on a steerable mount on its nose.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A-20-MC Hornet, 163098 Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A-20-MC Hornet, 163098 is flown by the CAG of VFA-97 at Lemoore Naval Air Station in the central valley of California. It deploys on the USS Carl Vinson.

VFA-97 Warhawks, Lemoore NAS Visit the web site of the VFA-97 Warhawks.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A-21-MC Hornet, 163143 Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A-21-MC Hornet, 163143 is flown by the CO of the VFA-97 Warhawks and wears gray camouflage.

Boeing 737-72T, N50TC N50TC is a Boeing 737-72T. It was registered to Tracinda Corporation of Beverly Hills in January 1999.

Northrop T-38A Talon, 67-14920 Northrop T-38A Talon, 67-14920 wears the WM tail code of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. The 509th also operates the B-2 Spirit.

Whiteman AFB Visit the web site of Whiteman Air Force Base.

Luftwaffe Panavia Tornado, 45+62 Luftwaffe Panavia Tornado, 45+62 of the Tornado Training Squadron of the German Air Force Tactical Training Center is based at Holloman Air Force base in New Mexico.

Holloman AFB, New Mexico Visit the web site of Holloman Air Force Base.

MiG-15 trainer MiG-15 trainer

Pacific Air Lines Martin 404, N636X Pacific Air Lines Martin 404, N636X is the flagship of Airliners of America. It is based at the Camarillo Airport. The bulge on the top rear of the engine nacelle is a housing for a JATO unit.

It was delivered to TWA on July 16, 1952, registered as N40429. Its name was Skyliner Peoria. In 1959 it was sold to California Airmotive Corporation. Subsequently it was owned by E. F. McDonald, James McAlister, Montex Drilling Corporation, Airworld Incorporated, Whitesell Construction Corporation, Joe Simpkins Oil, Tiffany Industries Isd., Phase II Incorporated, and Sun & Wind Incorporated. It is currently registered to Skylease Incorporated of Wilmington, Delaware.

Visit Airliners of America's Martin 404 page.

Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk, 161562 Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk, 161562 of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light HSL-41 Seahawks of Naval Air Station North Island, California.

HSL-41, NAS North Island Visit the HSL-41 page of the Naval Helicopter Association

Lockheed-Martin F-117A Nighthawk, 85-817 Lockheed-Martin F-117A Nighthawk, 85-817 wears the HO tail code of the 49th Fighter Wing Black Sheep based at Holloman Air Force Base.

49th Fighter Wing history Link to a history of the 49th Fighter Wing.

Lockheed-Martin F-117A Nighthawk, 85-817 Lockheed-Martin F-117A Nighthawk, 85-817.

Visit the Lockheed-Martin F-117 Nighthawk Page.

Link to the Air Force Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk fact sheet.

Air Force Reserve Lockheed C-141B Starlifter, 63-8084 Air Force Reserve Lockheed C-141B Starlifter, 63-8084 of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing is based at March Air Reserve Base, California.

452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base Link to the web site of the 452nd AMW at March Air Reserve Base, California.

Cessna T-37B Tweety Bird, 59-321 Cessna T-37B Tweety Bird, 59-321 of the 47th Flying Training Wing based at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. It has the word Tigers in yellow on this side of the tail, but the word Panthers appears on the other side. The tail code of the 47FTW is XL.

Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas Visit the Laughlin AFB web site.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A-14-MC Hornet, 162407 Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A-14-MC Hornet, 162407 of VMFA-134 based at Miramar Marine Corp Air Station. It wears desert camouflage for the role of adversary in air combat training.

Miramar Marine Corp Air Station Visit the Miramar MCAS web site.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A-14-MC Hornet, 162407 Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A-14-MC Hornet, 162407 of VMFA-134. It carries tail code MF.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of VMFA-134 Pair of Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of VMFA-134. The near Hornet is F/A-18A-15-MC, 162442.

Northrop T-38A-85-NO Talon, 70-1586 Northrop T-38A-85-NO Talon, 70-1586 of the 47th FTW Red Bulls based at Laughlin Air Force Base.

Lockheed-Martin F-16C Block 42H Fighting Falcon, 90-719 Lockheed-Martin F-16C Block 42H Fighting Falcon, 90-719 of the 138th Fighter Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard based at Tulsa International Airport.

Visit the Lockheed-Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon Page.

Grumman EA-6B Prowler, 161779 Grumman EA-6B Prowler, 161779 flies with the VMAQ-1 Banshees based at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. VMAQ-1 aircraft carry the tail code CB.

VMAQ-1, Cherry Point MCAS Visit the VMAQ-1 web site.

Lockheed-Martin F-16C Block 25F Fighting Falcon, 85-407 Lockheed-Martin F-16C Block 25F Fighting Falcon, 85-407 of the 144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard based at Fresno.

144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard Visit the Fresno ANG web site.

Visit the Air Force Lockheed-Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon fact sheet.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A-8-MC Hornet, N850NA Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A-8-MC Hornet, N850NA is based at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB. It was originally built for the Navy as 161703.

Link to NASA Fact Sheet about their F/A-18 chase planes.

Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18D(R) Block 37 Hornet, 164674 Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18D(R) Block 37 Hornet, 164674 of VX-9 Vampires has a nose modified to carry photographic reconnaissance equipment. It is based at the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Development Center in California.

VX-9 Vampires Visit the VX-9 web site.

Douglas DC-3 N193DP Douglas DC-3 N193DP is owned by the Santa Monica Museum of Flying. It was built as R4D-1, BuNo 01977 for the U. S. Navy in 1942.

Visit the Santa Monica Museum of Flying web site.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A Warthog, 79-171 Tailcode OT indicates that Fairchild-Republic A-10A Warthog, 79-171 is operated by the 53rd Test and Evaluation Group of the 53rd Fighter Wing based at Nellis Air Force Base.

53rd Test and Evaluation Group, Nellis AFB Visit the web site of the 53rd Test and Evaluation Group.

Visit the Air Force Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt fact sheet.

Visit the web site of Nellis Air Force Base.

General Motors FM-2 Wildcat, N5833 Grumman designed FM-2 Wildcat, N5833 was built by General Motors. It is operated by the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum in Midland, Texas. It originally flew as BuNo 86819 and still carries that number on its tail.

Visit the web site of the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum.

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11, N260X Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11, N260X wears Royal Australian Navy colors. It has been owned by Ellsworth Getchell for 25 years.

Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk. 11, N260X at Chino 16 years ago Here is N260X at Chino on May 20, 1984.

North American P-51D Mustang, N514DK North American P-51D Mustang, N514DK is registered to DK Warbirds of Las Vegas, Nevada. Originally built as 45-11558 for the Army Air Corps, it has crashed at least twice, once in Georgia in 1967 and once at Van Nuys on June 8, 1985.

P-51D N514DK as it appeared at Pt. Mugu NAS 10 years ago Here is the same Mustang at the Pt. Mugu NAS Airshow on October 13, 1990, when it was registered as N6175C. It was owned by Joseph Kasperoff who named it "The Healer".


Go to the Airshow Page of the Goleta Air and Space Museum.

Go to the home page of the Goleta Air and Space Museum.

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