Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose at Inyokern

Go to the Home Page Douglas DC-3, N101KC Rose of Dream Flight carried passengers on aerial tours from the Inyokern Airport during the Kern County Airshow on Wednesday October 6, 2004. Tickets for the nearly 30-minute flight cost $45.00.

Rose was built as a DC-3 in 1943 and served the Army Air Force as a C-53D. It is a veteran of the D-Day invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. Its Douglas construction number is 11639.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose waits for its passengers on the flightline at the Inyokern Airport.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose All aboard!

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose The Canadian Snowbirds are lined up opposite the crowd line.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Engine start.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Beginning the take-off roll on Runway 33. The tail wheel comes up right away after the application of power. Then the back end of the airplane sways from side to side as the pilot works the rudder to keep the airplane going straight down the runway. When the airplane rises off the ground, it's more like floating upward than cutting through the air in a jet airliner.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Five Fingers Peak is framed like a painting in the window of Rose.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Rose' pilots.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Flying north from Inyokern.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Mountains fill the windshield as we cruise past the Sierra Nevada.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Center pivot irrigation makes circular fields of green.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Rose' cockpit.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose A dirt road climbs out of Noname Canyon and skirts the foothills of the Sierra Nevada along the route of the Los Angeles Aquaduct. The aquaduct runs through tunnels in the mountain.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Radio repeater towers are situated above the valley on the aquaduct road.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Little Lake is nestled against a basalt flow that is 400,000 years old.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose A small shield volcano in the foothills of Volcano Peak in the Coso Range.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Turning back to the airport.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Rose was flying so low in the turn that it was almost possible to count the bushes below.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Red Hill is a volcanic cinder cone. It was active about 10,000 years ago. Smaller scale volcanic eruptions occurred here just 600 years ago and it can be expected to erupt again within several hundred years.

Link to the geology.about.com page about Red Hill

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose The cinders of Red Hill are mined for road construction material.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Flying back past the radio repeater towers.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose A natural spring supports some greenery on the flanks of the mountains between Noname Canyon and Ninemile Canyon.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose The aquaduct road runs around Boulder Peak.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Following Highway 395 back to the Inyokern Airport.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose On approach to land on Runway 15.

Dream Flight's DC-3, N101KC Rose Touchdown. Rose rolls on the main gear for a long way down the runway before the tail comes down.


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A dozen photos of Douglas DC-2 NC1934D. Locations of the photos include:

Chino October 18, 1987
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake April 16, 1988
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George Air Force Base November 11, 1991
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A dozen photos of variants of Douglas DC-3s, taken over a span of thirty years. DC-3s pictured include:

PCA DC-3 N50CE, San Francisco International Airport, August 6, 1974
DC-3 N25CE Puff, Santa Barbara Airport, October 1985
DC-3C N403JB Pegasus, Santa Barbara Airport, October 16, 1985
Salair DC-3C, N3FY, Santa Barbara Airport, May 10, 1988
Douglas Historical Foundation DC-2-118B NC1934D in TWA livery Marine Corp Air Station el Toro, April 29, 1989
Lisunov Li-2T Yellow 03, Zhukovsky, Russia, September 5, 1993
Royal Air Force Dakota, Farnborough Airshow, September 11, 1994
DC-3-253 NC41HQ (C-41 38-0502), Nellis Air Force Base, April 25, 1997
DC-3 N20TW, Edwards Air Force Base, August 19, 2005
DC-3C N814CL Mainliner O'Connor, Camarillo, June 12, 2006
C-53D Skytrooper N45366 D-Day Doll, Gillespie Field, June 15, 2007
C-47A Dakota N53ST, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, March 9, 2012

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More 2004 Kern County Airshow photos

Kern County Airshow The Kern County Airshow was held at the Inyokern Airport on Wednesday October 6, 2004. It featured several aerobatic performances, visits by an AV-8B Harrier and an F/A-18F Super Hornet of VX-9 based at China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, a B-52 Stratofortress from the 412th Test Wing based at Edwards Air Force Base, and an Israeli Aircraft Industries Kfir.

Canadair CT-114 Tutor, Canadian Snowbirds The Canadian Snowbirds appeared at the Kern County Airshow for the second year in a row. They flew an 8-ship show because the pilot of #5 was under the weather. They fly a show that is distinctly different from the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds with some very complicated formation changes.


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