Arrival Day for the
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A variety of vintage airplanes arrived at Hawthorne Municipal Airport on Friday August 15 for the Air and Auto Power Show held on Saturday August 16. The Air and Auto Power Show is sponsored by the Western Museum of Flight, which is housed at the airport.
Curtiss C-46F Commando, N53594 China Doll on approach to land at Hawthorne.
China Doll arrived at Camarillo 21 years ago. It served the Army Air Force as 44-78663. Its Curtiss construction number is 22486.
Antonov An-2, N2AN Big Panda was built in 1984.
Big Panda has been registered to Carl Hays of San Diego since 1993.
Lockheed C-121C Super Constellation, N73544 Camarillo Connie made a dirty pass over the airport before entering the pattern for landing.
Camarillo Connie has been registered to Daryoush Younesi at Tarzana since 1992. It was built in 1955, and 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 is being leased by a Dutch restoration group for a European tour next year.
Link to the web site of the Constellation Historical Society which operates N73544 at the Camarillo Airport.
Douglas A-1H Skyraider, NX39606 is registered to Warbird Aircraft of San Diego. 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.
Bellanca 14-13, N86744 on approach to Hawthorne and a Boeing 747-400 on approach to LAX.
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIb, N678DP was built as RCAF 5481. Its Hawker construction number is 60372. It was displayed in the Jack Arnold Aviation Museum in Brantford, Ontario before being acquired by Charles Church Limited of Sandown, UK which registered it as G-ORGI in 1989. David Price imported it into the United States in 1992.
Mark Matye lands Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, N1078Z Minsi III.
Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, N1078Z Minsi III. 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.
The elegant Lockheed C-121C Super Constellation, Camarillo Connie was the centerpiece of the show.
A brightly polished Ercoupe.
North American AT-6A Texan
Replica of the sole North American XAT-6E Texan.
The XAT-6E was equipped with a Ranger inverted V-770 engine instead of the usual R-1340.
The Marines referred to the Texan as the SNJ.
The Antonov An-2 biplane has been assigned the NATO code name Colt.
Douglas A-1H Skyraider, NX39606
This Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter belongs to the Western Museum of Flight.
The Western Museum of Flight also owns this Grumman F-14 Tomcat.
Mark Matye flew Grumman F6F Hellcat Minsi II to Hawthorne from the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force at Camarillo.
Curtiss C-46 Commando, China Doll is also with the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.
Curtiss C-46 Commando, China Doll
Mark Matye secures the systems of the Grumman F6F Hellcat, Minsi II
Grumman F6F Hellcat, Minsi II
Grumman F6F Hellcat, Minsi II
Steve Barber sits in the cockpit of the Hawker Hurricane as F6F pilot Mark Matye stands on its wing.
A variety of vintage airplanes arrived at Hawthorne Municipal Airport on Friday the thirteenth for the Air Faire that was held on Saturday, August 14, 2004.
The Hawthorne Airport hosted an Air Faire on Saturday, August 13, 2005. A host of vintage airplanes and warbirds flew in on Friday afternoon to be placed on display.
Go to the Airshow Page of the Goleta Air and Space Museum.
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