Flying the
Junkers 52

T28C Trojan

Reno 2003

Reno 2004

Hawker Sea Fury


Camarillo, CA
Air Show
August 2004

Its unfortunate both the Santa Maria and Camarillo air shows were scheduled for the same weekend. No doubt both could have been better attended if held on different dates. I chose the Camarillo show because I've not been to that one before and because the last year the Santa Maria show was devoted to T-28s. Knowing my luck, this year the Santa Maria show had a squadron of Spitfires on the ramp. From a photographic perspective, Camarillo is far better situated for aerial photos.

Fleet Biplane

Growing up, my father had a 1929 Fleet. It was a wonderful little aircraft, but its Kinner K5 engine was fragile and suffered two separate in-flight failures while he owned it. The second was on a cross country flight to Iowa. I may have eventually flown the plane back, but my life took a different course.

Bushmaster 2000

FAA records show this trimotor was made in the 1980s, but I am of the impression it dates back to the '60s. It is certainly based on the Ford plans, but comparison with an original trimotor shows distinct differences between the two planes.

Ryan PT-22 and ST

If nothing else, the PT-22 could separate boys from men. Its ground handling characteristics would bite the unsuspecting. A distinctive looking and sounding machine, there is no mistaking the clatter of its 5 cylinder Kinner B5 engine. The ST was an attempt to create a civilian version. Powered by the inverted 6-cylinder Fairchild engine, the ST looks swoopy by 1930s standards, but was clearly dated by the post war years. I'm not sure how many were made, but its a rare and desirable airplane.

B-25 and P-51 Flybys

I have a better shot of these two together, but the B-25 was in front, which makes for an awkward look. Proportionally, the smaller plane should be the closer of the two. To their credit, the pilots flew a nice low curve past the audience. Thanks guys.


The background in this shot is a little busy, but this is a particularly pretty Mustang. According to FAA records it belongs to Robert Davis of Tipton, IN. I doubt he flew in just for this show, but thanks for being there.