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Written by davebudd on April 1st, 2013
AIRSHOW 2013 – “LIGHTNING STRIKES”
Brought to you by Planes of Fame/County of San Bernardino
This year’s airshow will feature nearly 40 historic aircraft performing for your enjoyment as well as a salute to the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. Planes of Fame Air Museum is proud to present Air Show 2013: “Lightning Strikes Chino”. We invite you to Airshow 2013 to celebrate the history and contributions of this great aircraft. In addition to many other fantastic airplanes performing, there will be panel discussions with our honored veterans. Check back often for updates on the veterans who will participate. Also, be sure to catch the Airshow Preview Event and check out the Air Show 2013 Promotional Video!
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Written by Ken Kula on March 6th, 2013
The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located aboard Ford Island, at Pearl Harbor. Within its’ pair of hangars and ramp area, a wide-ranging collection of aircraft and artifacts presents aviation heritage with a mainly military, decidedly Hawaiian flavor stretching from the beginning of World War II through to today. The Museum is set inside two historic Navy buildings, known as Hangar 37 and Hangar 79. They sit alongside the abandoned runway that was once called the Army’s Luke Field, and later became a Naval Air Station when the Army moved to Hickam Field. Ford Island Naval Air Station was one of the major bases which were attacked on December 7, 1941. Hangar 37 was home to Navy Utility Squadron 1 (VJ-1), whose PBY amphibians were destroyed in the attack. Hangar 79 still bears the scars of World War II; windows with bullet holes from the attack, never repaired, are visible as you walk into the hangar.
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Written by Joe Kates on February 26th, 2013
The Air Tattoos on either side of the Millenium were attended by countries with very interesting aircraft. The Soviet Union had dissolved, and many Warsaw Pact air forces were replacing their old designs with newer Western and Russian jets. Most SU-22 and MiG-21, -23 and -29 fighters were in their last years of service. NATO forces that held onto older designs from the 1960s and 1970s were also shedding their less capable aircraft, like the French Navy’s F-8 Crusaders and Alize ASW/patrol turboprops. The Royal Air Force’s long-serving Canberra twin jets, modified for the photo reconnaissance role, were retired too. Many older aircraft with significant life still left in them were in the process of being modified and updated, such as the KC-135/RC-135 family. The Tattoos offered a good opportunity for spectators to glimpse these types in the air for the last time.
The Air Tattoos usually had one or two special themes per edition. One was the 80th anniversary of the Royal Air Force in 1998, another was the 50th anniversary of NATO in 1999. Tiger Meets, where military units with “big cats” used in their squadron crests meet on an annual basis, supplied much color to many static parks during the years I attended too. There were always a few bright and colorful aircraft amid a sea of dull camouflaged airframes each year. Military forces were encouraged to bring specially decorated aircraft, and spectators were seldom disappointed with the results.
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