2002 Camarillo EAA Fly-in, Sunday August 11
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Camarillo hosted an airshow on August 11, 2002. It featured the aircraft of the southern California Wing of the Air Force formerly known as Confederate and the Experimental Aircraft Association.
There is good news about Lockheed EC-121T Warning Star, N548GF. The corrosion in the wing has been repaired and it is airworthy again. It was built as an RC-121D, and its Lockheed construction number is 4363. The EC-121T designation reflected its conversion from airborne early warning to electronic reconnaissance.
EC-121T, 53-0548 at the Pima Air Museum on December 30, 1981.
Douglas AC-47A, N88874 Puff is operated by the Aero Heritage Museum out of Falcon Field near Mesa, Arizona. It has been restored in Viet Nam war era SEA camouflage: tan FS 30219, light green FS 34102, and dark green 34079 topsides and white undersides. Its Douglas construction number is 12693 and it was delivered to the Army Air Force as 42-92847 in March 1944. After serving in the European theater, it was acquired by Reconstruction Finance Corporation in October 1945. At that time it received its current registration. Subsequent owners include United Gas Corp., Union Producing Co., Jim Hankins Air Services, Southeastern Land Corp., Church of God Union Assembly Inc. of Dalton Georgia, Air New England, Cryderman Air Services, National Jet Service, Air Indiana (lease), and McCollom Aviation Inc.
Douglas C-47A, N88874 looked a little different 5 months ago at Falcon Field, Arizona on March 2, 2002.
Douglas AC-47A, N88874 Puff
Stout Bushmaster 2000, N750RW was built in 1985.
The Bushmaster 2000 has recently been painted in the colors of Tri-Motor Air Tours and is based at the Long Beach Airport. Call 1-800-493-3003 to fly in it.
Fiesler Fi-156C Storch, NX41FS was built under license by Moraine Saulnier in France in 1944. It is based at the Milestones of Flight Museum at Fox Field near Lancaster. Its original 8-cylinder inverted-V engine has been replaced with a horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine.
Wright R-3350 turbo-compound engine on Lockheed C-121C Constellation Camarillo Connie, N73544. Camarillo Connie was built in 1955. Its Lockheed construction number is 4175. It was delivered to the Air Force as 54-0156 on November 1, 1955. The Smithsonian Institute acquired it from storage at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona in June 1972 in order to trade it to Aviation Specialties for the Boeing 307 Stratoliner, N19903 Clipper Flying Cloud. Aviation Specialties registered it as N73544 in March 1973 and retired it in 1976. Globe Air Inc. bought it in February 1981 and sold it to Mehrdad Khoramian in December 1982. It has been registered to Daryoush Younesi at Tarzana since 1992.
Link to the web site of the Constellation Historical Society which operates N73544 at the Camarillo Airport.
The Wright division of the Curtiss-Wright company (which was formed by the merger of companies founded by Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers) developed the TC-18 turbo-compound engine from the eighteen-cylinder R-3350 Cyclone in 1949. Wright's engine works were located in Woodridge, New Jersey. Wright turbo-compound engines powered the Douglas DC-7, Lockheed C-121 Constellation, Lockheed P-2 Neptune, Martin P5M Marlin, and Farchild C-119 Packet.
The turbo-compound engine incorporates a unique power recovery tubine system that recovers power from the engine exhaust and feeds it into the propeller crankshaft. Three turbines are mounted around the engine. Each turbine is fed the exhaust from six cylinders, extracting some of the energy of the hot, expanding gases and feeding it into a gearbox connected to the crankshaft.
The power recovery turbine system improves the fuel consumption of the R-3350 engine by about 20%. The improved fuel consumption made it possible for the Douglas DC-7 and Lockheed Constellation to cross the Atlantic Ocean non-stop, but the complexity of the engine lead to fairly frequent engine problems. It was not unusual for a trans-Atlantic airliner to reach its destination with an engine shut down and its propeller feathered.
Lockheed C-121C, N73544 at the Gila River Indian Reservation Memorial Airport on December 30, 1981.
Hawker Sea Fury FB. 10, N71GB Southern Cross. This Sea Fury was delivered to the Iraqi Air Force as #325. Its Hawker construction number is 37525. It was one of several recovered from Iraq by David Tallichet and Ed Jurist in 1979 at which time it was registered N30SF. Its original Bristol Centaurus 18 engine was replaced with a Wright R-3350 by George Baker and American Aero Services in the late 1980s at which time it received its current registration. The Southern Cross racing team is based in Rexburg, Idaho.
Link to the Southern Cross information page.
C-46F, N53594 of the Southern California Wing of the Confederate Air Force arrived at Camarillo 20 years ago. It served the Army Air Force as 44-78663. Its Curtiss construction number is 22486. It is now named China Doll.
C-46F, N53594 of the Southern California Wing of the Confederate Air Force at Camarillo on October 16, 1982. It was named Humpty Dumpty and carried the markings of the China Air Service Command.
Link to the web site of the Southern California Wing of the Air Force formerly known as Confederate.
Douglas AC-47A, N88874 Puff
Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, N1078Z suffered a major fuel leak during its performance on Saturday and was not flying on Sunday. Its Grumman construction number is A-5634. John Sandberg recovered it from the Fergus Falls Airport in Minnesota in 1962. It was subsequently owned by Lloyd Nolan and Ed Messick.
Curtiss C-46F Commando, N78774 Tinker Bell. It wears its original Army Air Force serial number, 44-78774. Its Curtiss construction number is 22597. It is temporarily at Camarillo getting an engine overhaul.
Twin Beech RC-45J, N75018 spent a number of years in the collection of the Pima Air Museum near Tucson, Arizona. It flew for the Navy as BuNo 29585, and it still carries that number.
Link to TwinBeech.com page about RC-45J, N75018
Douglas AC-47A, N88874 Puff is equipped with three simulated General Electric miniguns.
Pzl-Mielec Lim-6 bis (Polish built MiG-17), NX619M makes a high-speed pass. It has been registered to George Lazik of Woodland Hills since 1993. Its construction ID is 1J0619.
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