Flying the
Junkers 52

T28C Trojan

Reno 2003

Reno 2004

Hawker Sea Fury


25th Anniversary of the Camarillo Air Show

There is a guy named Victor Archer, who among other things, posts pictures over on aafo. By his own admission, Victor has been shooting drag racing for many years, and has developed the ability to pan photos at extremely low shutter speeds. His aircraft photos are amazing. This year, I decided to have a go at slowing things down, and going for the fan effect he regularly achieves. It comes as no surprise 95 percent of what I shot went straight into the trash. Panning is a skill which does not come overnight. Fortunately, I am unwilling to waste real film in my stereo camera, so at least I have some very pleasing results in 3D. While I didn't get many flat photos this year, At least I didn't waste much money experimenting with "digital film" in the Canon.

F4F Wildcat F8F Bearcat

F4F & F8F

From Wildcat to Bearcat, they had the full progression in attendance. The F6F had a problem on Saturday and did not fly. Hopefully, it was only minor and they were back in the air on Sunday. It would have been great to see all three together.

Hawker Sea Fury Bristol Centaurus

Hawker Sea Fury Bristol Centaurus

Hawker Sea Fury MkII

Ellsworth Getchell brought his beautiful, Bristol Centaurus powered Sea Fury. Most of the Furys we see out west today are powered by American Wright R-3350 engines. Distinguishable by its clockwise turning five bladed prop, the Centaurus engine is a uniquely complicated sleeve valve design. Bristol struggled mightily to perfect the concept, but ultimately succeeded in producing a good reliable engine. The American conversions have been done primarily for reasons of parts availability. Plus, them British motors use Whitworth bolts. Who the hell has a set of Whitworth tools today?! Wing tip smoke generators really highlight the graceful aerobatic maneuvers performed by the big fighter. Getchell appears to be a crotchety ole SOB, but thanks for putting up with us great unwashed spectators Getch.

Douglas AD Skyraider

Douglas AD-6 Skyraider

Flown by "Skyraider Bob" (that's what it says on the cockpit), The AD-6 was obviously equipped for dive bombing. The dive brakes visible here are augmented by a huge additional panel under the fuselage. Although not as nimble as the WWII fighters, watching the "Spad" dive at low altitude with its brakes full on is a big thrill. Thanks Bob.

T28a Trojan

T28c Trojan

Attack 'O the T28s

As the former champion of ubiquitous war birds, The AT-6 has faded with age, in their place we see an ever growing crop of T28 trainers. Far be it from me to complain. While T-6s are ultimately rather boring, at least the T-28 has a little bit of stick - in the form of B-17 surplus R-1820 lump. I don't care how fast your Lancair, or turbine powered whatever can fly. Give me big bore piston power and lots of smoke!