Riverside Airshow 2015

February 27, 2015 by  
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Featuring more than 200 acres of displays – military aircraft, helicopters, warbirds, military vehicles, classic cars – this exciting event is ideal for a family outing. Now in its 23rd year, the Riverside Airshow 2015 features aerobatic performances and aerial displays by Chuck Coleman, Jon Melby, Dr Frank Donnelly, john Collver and his T-6 Texan, Justin Time SkyDivers and more. For more information visit www.riversideairshow.com

Date: 28 March 2015
Venue: Riverside Municipal Airport
City: Riverside
State: California
Country: United States

Imperial Aviation Day 2015

December 8, 2014 by  
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This great family-fun, “open house” community event features celebrities and stand-ins from aviation movies and loads of entertainment. The event will also include EAA Young Eagles flights for youngsters between the aes of 8 and 17 years-old, aimed at sparking their interest in aviation as a hobby or career. For more information visit http://imperialaviationday.com/

Date: 17 January 2015
Venue: Imperial County Airport
City: Imperial
State: California
Country: United States

Wings Over Camarillo Air Show 2014

August 15, 2014 by  
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Presented by Camarillo Wings Association, the Wings Over Camarillo program includes aerobatics by Chuck ‘Malibu’ Aaron; Vicky Benzing, Judy Phelps and Dr D. There will be multiple parachute jumping demonstrations over the two day festival and team and solo aircraft performances. Other features of the event include Warbird Rides and Classic Cars. For more information visit http://wingsovercamarillo.com

Dates:23-24 aug 2014
Venue: Camarillo Airport
City: Camarillo
State: California
Country: United States

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

December 17, 2013 by  
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Located on Miramar Way in San Diego, California, the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view a wide range of aircraft and military vehicles, along with exhibits and artifacts detailing the exciting history and fascinating legacy of the United States Marine Corps Aviation. In summer months, the museum has scheduled days during which visitors can sit in the cockpit of a static airplane, examine the controls and get the feeling of what it must be like to be a real pilot. Visitors can also take a stroll along the Walk of Memories which features memorial bricks inscribed with the names of US Marines.

Referring to a member of the United State Marine Corps, the military slang term ‘leatherneck’ comes from the leather collar of the uniform once worn by British and American marines and soldiers in the 18th century. Today the term is taken to refer specifically to a US Marine, and the dress blue uniforms of US Marines still feature the leather stock collar. Fastened by two buckles at the back, the stiff leather collar supported the soldier’s neck giving him an upright ‘military’ posture, allowing him to better aim his rifle and protecting his neck from sword blows.

Static displays at the museum include the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter known as Lady Ace 09 which flew the last Ambassador of the United States to Vietnam, Graham Martin, out of South Vietnam prior to the Fall of Saigon in April 1975. Other aircraft on display include a Bell AH-1J “Sea Cobra” attack helicopter; a Bell Model 214ST “Huey” which was captured from the Iraqi Air Force; Douglas A-4C and A-4F “Skyhawks”; a Douglas F4D-1 “Skyray” fighter-interceptor aircraft; Grumman A-6E “Intruder” attack bomber aircraft; Grumman F9F-2 “Panther” fighter bomber aircraft; Grumman F9F-8P “Cougar” tactical reconnaissance aircraft; a range of McDonnell-Douglas aircraft and Sikorsky aircraft, among others.

As the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving the history of Marine Corps Aviation, the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum has plans to extend the museum and facilities to make the visitor experience even better. Currently the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 3:30pm, with the option of making arrangements for other times. Be sure to stop in at the museum store and buy something to remind you of your visit to the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum.

Visit California’s March Field Air Museum

November 19, 2013 by  
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Located adjacent to the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California, the March Field Air Museum was opened to the public on December 19, 1979. At the dedication ceremony the keynote address was delivered by Lt. General James P. Mullins, the 15th Air Force Commander. At that time the museum’s collection of photographs, paintings, documents and model airplanes detailing the history of the base from its inception in 1918 was housed in the Air Force Base theater building. In addition to the museum building, there was a park nearby where primarily historic aircraft were on display. In less than two years the museum’s collection had grown to such an extent that it needed new premises, and was moved to the former commissary building which was big enough to accommodate up to three aircraft indoors along with the growing collection of memorabilia.

Today, visitors to the March Field Air Museum will find more than 70 historic aircraft on display, including the famous Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” and World War II aircraft such as the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-29 Superfortress, the B-25 Mitchell bomber and the Douglas A/B-26 Invader. Many of these aircraft are on loan from the USAF Museum at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Aircraft on display that are owned by the museum include an A-37 “Dragonfly” Cessna; C-54Q “Skymaster” Douglas; an FO-141 Folland “Gnat”; an H-21B “Workhorse” Piasecki; a MiG-19; a MiG-21F-13; and Mig-23BN, among others.

In its Heritage Courtyard, the museum features a Freedom Wall with stone plaques engraved with the wording of documents that have shaped the history of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and the Constitution. Also in the courtyard is the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial, dedicated on October 27, 2010, along with the War Dog Memorial Sculpture dedicated to dogs and their handlers. Members of the public can purchase tiles, inscribed with a message of their choice, as part of these monuments or the courtyard. Funds raised are used to maintain and extend the museum. Plans are underway to install a monument honoring Women in Aviation in the Heritage Courtyard of the March Field Air Museum.

Cable Air Show 2014

November 13, 2013 by  
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Taking place on 11-12 January 2014, the Cable Air Show celebrates the 69th anniversary of the founding of Cable Airport – promoted as the World’s Largest Family-Owned, Public Use Airport Serving General Aviation”. In addition to aerobatic displays, static displays and all the features that make this event a family-fun occasion, there will be a Car Parade (limited to the first 60 cars to apply). For more information visit cableairport.com

Dates: 11-12 January 2014
Venue: Cable Airport
City: Upland
Country: United States

Hemmet-Ryan Air Show 2013

October 13, 2013 by  
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Taking place on November 2, the Hemmet-Ryan Air Show 2013 features Melissa Aerobatics; A-10 West Demonstration Team; Golden Stars Skydiving Team; Heritage Flight; C-17 Demo Team; Bill Cornick; Rob Harrison and more. There will me food and craft vendors and activities for kids. For more information visit www.hemet-ryanairshow.org.

Date: November 2, 2013
Venue: Ryan Field
City: Hemet
State: Californis
Country: United States

Superb Restorations at Chino’s Air Museums

July 16, 2013 by  
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Located in San Bernardino Country, California, the city of Chino has two museums which will be of interest to aviation enthusiasts – the Planes of Fame Air Museum and the Yanks Air Museum, both of which are located at the Chino Airport. The Planes of Fame Air Museum has a large collecting of both flying and static aircraft and is the base for restoration of rare and historic aircraft from around the world, while the Yanks Air Museum, as the name suggests, is devoted to restoring, preserving and exhibiting American aircraft and aviation-related artifacts.

Established by Edward T. Maloney in January 1957, the Planes of Fame Air Museum was initially located in Claremont, California, and was known as The Air Museum. At that time a group of volunteers undertook to restore derelict aircraft to an airworthy condition to take to the skies once more, and this remains a priority of the museum. When the museum’s collection became too large for its Claremont premises it was moved in 1962 to a venue close to Ontario Airport in California, before being moved again in 1970 to Chino Airport, where it remains today. The venue at Chino Airport features a hands-on aviation youth education center, offices, a gift shop, a library and restoration facilities. Display areas include aircraft from the Korean War, Vietnam War and the so-called Cold War era (1947-1991). The Japanese aircraft collection at the museum includes the only airworthy Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter in the world, as well as an Aichi D3A such as those seen in the memorable movie Tora Tora Tora about the historic attack on Pearl Harbor.

With more than 160 aircraft in its collection, the Yanks Air Museum has the most extensive private collection of American World War II aircraft in the world, many of which are the last of their kind. Rare WWII aircraft in the collection include the P-40 Warhawk, P-51A Mustang, P-38 Lightning, P-47M Thunderbolt, F6F Hellcat and B-25 Mitchell. Visitors to the museum can take a behind-the-scenes look at aircraft restorations as they take place in the Restorations Hangar, with dedicated staff and volunteers using the techniques of the eras the various aircraft were manufactured in to restore them to their original state – a fascinating process worth checking out.

Cable Air Show 2013

December 14, 2012 by  
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Taking place on January 12-13, the Cable Airshow offers plenty of excitement and fun for the whole family. Aerobatic shows include Rob Harrison (The Tumbling Bear) Frank Donnelly, (DrD’s Ole Time Aerobatics), Sam Mason and Jacquie Warda. For more information visit www.cableairport.com

Dates: 12-13 January 2012
Venue: Cable Airport
City: Upland
State: California
Country: United States

Explore California’s Castle Air Museum

December 4, 2012 by  
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Located in Atwater, California, the Castle Air Museum originated with the closure of the Castle Air Force Base in 1994. A group of aviation enthusiasts in the area decided to take steps toward preserving the collection of aircraft at the base, and the non-profit organization, Castle Air Museum Foundation, Inc. was formed. The goal behind assuming custody of the aircraft was to restore them and make them available to the public to view. Through the dedicated efforts of volunteers and assisted by the United States Air Force’s Heritage Program, the dream of a museum became a reality and has become a popular attraction in this charming area of California.

The more than 120 different aircraft on display have been carefully restored and meticulously maintained so that current and future generations can view them and imagine what it must have been like to pilot them in battle situations. While noting that there is nothing glamorous about war, the Museum’s website states that its majestic warbirds nevertheless serve as a reminder of how fragile our freedom is, and how men and women stepped up when that freedom was threatened, providing a lesson that should not be forgotten. While all the airplanes are worthy of attention, some stand out as exceptional, such as the massive Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker; the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress; the Curtiss C-46D Commando; the Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar; the Douglas C-47A Skytrain; the Lockheed ST-71 Blackbird; the Republic F-105B Thunderchief; and the Northrop T-38 Talon. On a smaller scale are the Vultee BT-13 Valiant; the Cessna U-3A Blue Canoe; and the Cessna O-2A Super Skymaster. Current restoration projects include a Vietnam-era Douglas RA-3B Skywarrior which had been used by Raytheon and the navy for missile testing. Long-term plans for the museum include sourcing and restoring a P-51 Mustang, P-38 Lightning and P-47 Thunderbolt to add to the collection.

Named in honor of Brigadier General Frederick W. Castle, the Castle Air Museum is a fascinating memorial to the brave pilots and crews of World War II, the Vietnam Conflict and the Korean War and is well worth a visit by aviation enthusiasts.

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