2001 Camarillo EAA Fly-in, Saturday August 25
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General Motors manufactured FM-2 Wildcat, N5833 originally carried Navy BuNo 86819. Its General Motor construction number is 5877. It crashed in 1955 while flying as a sprayer for Butler Aviation of Redmond, Oregon. The rebuild project took many years and the airframe passed therough the hands of several owners. It received its current registration in August 1983. It was returned to the air on April 24, 1987 by Air Group One at Ramona, California. It spent a short while in the hands of Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation at Chino. It is now registered to the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum and based at Camarillo.
General Motors FM-2 Wildcat, N5833 at the El Toro MCAS Airshow on April 29, 1989.
Canadian Car and Foundry Harvard Mk IV (license built North American AT-6 Texan), N7757 was modified as a Zero replica for the better Pearl Harbor movie, Tora Tora Tora in 1970. It was built in 1952. Its construction number is CCF4-171. It has been registered to the American Aeronautical Foundation of Thousand Oaks since 1985.
Canadian Car and Foundry Harvard Mk IV, N7757 Zero replica at Vandenberg Air Force Base on November 11, 1980.
The real thing, almost. Confederate Air Force A6M2 "Zero" N58245 is undergoing restoration at Camarillo. It has been refitted with a Pratt & Whitney R1830 radial engine. The hulk was recovered from Balalle Island in the Solomons in 1969 and restored by Bob Diemert of Carman, Manitoba, Canada using parts of several wrecks. That may help explain why its Mistubishi construction id is variously reported as 807, 842, 5356, and 5358 and its type as A6M2-21 or A6M5-52. It first flew after rebuild on August 12, 1985.
Link to a page describing surviving Mitsubishi A6M Zeroes.
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, N11Y originally carried Navy BuNo 67087. It has been registered to C. C. Air Corporation of Port Hueneme since 1995.
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, N11Y at Chino on March 15, 1997
North American B-25J Mitchell, N30801 Executive Sweet has been registered to the American Aeronautical Foundation of Thousand Oaks since 1985. Its Army Air Force serial number was 44-30801 and its North American construction number is 108-35126. It was converted to the TB-25N configuration before its retirement by the Air Force. It was registered as N3699G by Avery Aviation of Greybull, Wyoming in 1963. Filmways Inc. of Hollywood acquired it in 1968 for use in the movie Catch-22. Challenge Publications bought it in 1972 and changed its registration to N30801 in 1978.
North American B-25J Mitchell, N30801 Executive Sweet landing at the Mojave Air Races on June 19, 1975.
Link to the web site of the American Aeronautical Foundation.
North American B-25J Mitchell, N5865V Pride of the Yanks is currently undergoing restoration. Its construction number is 108-35313. Its Army Air Force serial number was 44-30988. It used to fly for the Confederate Air Force as Big Ole Brew 'n Little Ole You. It has been registered to the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum since 1991.
North American P-51A Mustang, N51Z Polar Bear is registered to Gabe Gerald at Hollister, California. Its North American construction number is 99-22109. Its Army Air Force serial number was 43-6006. It made a forced landing in Alaska in 1944. The wreck was recovered by Waldon "Moon" Spillers of Versailles, Ohio in October 1977. Some P-51D fuselage components were incorporated in the restoration.
North American P-51D Mustang, N471R Huntress III has been registered to Cascade Warbirds of Forest Grove, Oregon since 1989. Its North American construction number is 122-39270. Its original Army Air Force serial number was 44-72811, but the FAA lists it as 44-26060 and it wears 472276 on its tail now. Following its service in the Army Air Force, it was provided to the Israeli Air Force. In 1980 Angelo Regina and Ascher Ward of Van Nuys rebuilt the airframe into a dual control TP-51D incorporating components from an ex-California ANG Mustang and a Mustang that had been used as a movie prop. Phil "Buck" Dear of Terry, Mississippi registered it as N2688D in 1983. Bob Byrne of Bloomfiled, Michigan bought it in 1987 and sold it to Robert Converse of Sisters, Oregon, who registered it as N215RC in 1988.
North American P-51D Mustang, N471R at the Santa Maria Gathering of Mustangs on October 27, 1990
Visit the Huntress III web site.
North American P-51D Mustang, N514DK is registered to DK Warbirds at Las Vegas. Its North American construction number is 124-48311. Its orginal Army Air Force serial number was 45-11558. It was registered as N6175C by Aerodynamics Inc. of Pontiac, Michigan in 1963. James Gorman of Mansfield, Ohio bought it in 1966 and then sold it to Herbert Rupp of Port Salerno, Florida. It crashed in Georgia in 1967 and was rebuilt using parts of 44-74829 and 44-73822. It was registered to John Dilly of Auburn, Indiana in 1969. John Rutherford of Fort Worth, Texas acquired it in 1978. It was sold to Courtesy Aircraft of Rockford, Illinois in 1982 and then to Joe Kasperoff at Montebello, California a year later. It crashed on take-off at Van Nuys on August 6, 1985.
This is the same North American P-51D Mustang at the Point Mugu Airshow on October 13, 1990. It was registered NL6175C and named The Healer.
Yak-3M, N529SB has been registered to Stephen Barber of Ontario, Oregon since March 1999. It is one of about nine recently manufactured Yak-3 variants on the U.S. register.
Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat, N7825C originally wore Navy BuNo 122674. Its Grumman construction number is D.1227. It was built in 1948. E. Weiner of Los Angeles registered it under its current tail number in 1958. It was bought by Leo Demeers of Aurora, Oregon in 1963. Richard Tobey of Newport Beach, California in acquired it in 1966 and then sold it to Paul Finefrock of Hobart, Oklahoma in 1969. Gary Levitz picked it up later that year. It has belonged to the Confederate Air Force since 1972. It underwent a major rebuild from 1989 to 1991. It made its first flight after the rebuild on December 17, 1991.
Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat, N7825C at the Point Mugu Airshow on October 1, 1994
Hawker Sea Fury Mk II, N260X has been owned by Ellsworth Getchell for 25 years. It is a regular participant in Southern California airshows. It still has a Bristol Centaurus engine with a five-bladed propeller.
Hawker Sea Fury Mk II, N260X at Chino on May 20, 1984.
Douglas A-1H Skyraider, NX39606 has been registered to Warbird Aircraft of San Diego for less than a year. Its Navy Buno was 139606 and it was delivered to the South Vietnamese Air Force. It was recovered through Thailand by Yesterday's Air Force in 1980. It was registered as N3915B by Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation at Chino in 1983. The Donald Douglas Museum at Santa Monica registered it as NX39606 in July 1988 and passed it on to the Santa Monica Museum of Flying in 1990.
Visit the Santa Monica Museum of Flying web site.
Douglas A-1H Skyraider, NX39606
Douglas A-1H Skyraider, NX39606 at the El Toro MCAS Airshow on April 28, 1990.
Vertol H-21B Shawnee, N64606 flew for the Army as 54-4001. It is registered to the Classic Rotors Museum at the Ramona Airport.
Visit the Classic Rotors Museum web site.
Pzl-Mielec Lim-6 bis (Polish built MiG-17), NX619M has been registered to George Lazik of Woodland Hills since 1993. Its construction ID is 1J0619.
Lim-6 (Chinese built MiG-17), NX619M at the Point Mugu Airshow on October 1, 1994.
Link to George Lazik's Mig-17 web site.
McDonnell-Douglas QF-4G Phantom II goes vertical.
Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18C-26-MC Hornet, 163717 is the mount of Captain K T Kimball of VFA-125 Rough Raiders, based at Lemoore Naval Air Station. The Rough Raiders deploy on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson.
Visit the VFA-125 Rough Raiders web site.
Mixed bag of Navy fighters: Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat N7825C, Hawker Sea Fury N260X, Goodyear FG-1D Corsair N11Y, and Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18C Hornet 163717.
Transports, airliners and general aviation aircraft at the fly-in.
Training aircraft at the fly-in.
Go to the home page of the Goleta Air and Space Museum.
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