A commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Douglas XA3D-1 Skywarrior was held at the Van Nuys Airport in October 2002. Four of Raytheon's Skywarriors were on static display. The morning was capped by a flight of one of the Skywarriors.
After a one year hiatus, the Edwards AFB Open House returned on October 26, 2002 with several novel aircraft making their first public appearance and an action packed flying display.
Static Displays of the 2002 Edwards Air Force Base Open House.
Flying Displays of the 2002 Edwards Air Force Base Open House.
A Minuteman II was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on October 14, 2002.
Red Flag exercise 02-04 in September 2002. Allies with aircraft participating in the Red Flag Exercise 02-04 included Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy.
The Camino Fire broke out on the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains above Santa Barbara on August 15, 2002. I shot pictures of three helicopters, a Grumman S-2 Tracker, and a Douglas DC-4 fighting the fire.
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.
Page 1 of the 2002 Camarillo EAA Fly-in
Page 2 of the 2002 Camarillo EAA Fly-in on August 11, 2002
On June 24 and June 25, I was treated to a tour of China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station by Captain Jim Seaman, the Military Deputy Commander for Pacific Ranges.
China Lake NAWS is home to a variety of vintage aircraft. The U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology has assembled a very interesting collection with some types not found elsewhere. The Weapons Survivability Laboratory (WSL) evaluates the damage done to airframes by different types of weapons.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team set up a demonstration of several types of explosives, including an anti-car-bomb blast.
China Lake NAWS is home to the U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology. It houses an extensive collection of missiles and weapons delivery systems.
Tankers fought the Wolf Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport during the first half of June 2002.
The Ramona Air Fair was held over the weekend of June 1-2, 2002
The Collings Foundation Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Nine-O-Nine and Consolidated B-24J Liberator, The Dragon and His Tail visited the Santa Barbara Airport on May 16 and 17, 2002.
A wildfire broke out in Bouquet Canyon, near Santa Clarita, California on May 11, 2002. A dozen tankers fought the fire out of the tanker station at the Santa Barbara Airport on May 11 and 12. This page features the tankers that were assigned to fight the Bouquet Canyon Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport on Sunday, May 12.
Tankers that were assigned to fight the Bouquet Canyon Fire from the Santa Barbara Airport on Saturday, May 11.
The 2002 Pt Mugu Airshow was held on April 19 and 20. It featured the aircraft of the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-30.
McDonnell-Douglas QF-4S+ Phantom II, 155749 crashed at Pt Mugu on April 20, 2002, killing its crew of two.
I spent a week in early April camping in the Saline Valley photographing military jets, mostly Hornets.
Boeing Helicopter at Mesa, Arizona treated the second annual International Symposium of Aviation Photographers to an AH-64D Longbow Apache photo session in the foothills of the Mazatzal Mountains on March 1, 2002.
A Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas Delta-II launched another constellation of Iridium satellites from Vandenberg AFB at 9:44 A.M. P.S.T. on February 11, 2002.
The Orbital Sciences Corporation L-1011, Stargazer, carried the High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (HESSI) spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, February 1.
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