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 waits for its passengers on the flightline at the Inyokern Airport.
The Canadian Snowbirds are lined up opposite the crowd line.
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.
Five Fingers Peak is framed like a painting in the window of Rose.
Flying north from Inyokern.
Mountains fill the windshield as we cruise past the Sierra Nevada.
Center pivot irrigation makes circular fields of green.
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.
Radio repeater towers are situated above the valley on the aquaduct road.
Little Lake is nestled against a basalt flow that is 400,000 years old.
A small shield volcano in the foothills of Volcano Peak in the Coso Range.
Turning back to the airport.
Rose was flying so low in the turn that it was almost possible to count the bushes below.
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
The cinders of Red Hill are mined for road construction material.
Flying back past the radio repeater towers.
A natural spring supports some greenery on the flanks of the mountains between Noname Canyon and Ninemile Canyon.
The aquaduct road runs around Boulder Peak.
Following Highway 395 back to the Inyokern Airport.
On approach to land on Runway 15.
Touchdown. Rose rolls on the main gear for a long way down the runway before the tail comes down.
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Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake April 16, 1988
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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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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.
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.
Go to the Airshow Page of the Goleta Air and Space Museum.
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