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Flying with Betty Jane

On friday April 16th Classicwarbirds had the chance to fly along with the collings foundation B-17 ,B-24 and the P-51c  named Betty Jane.  My brother Steve Kate (Drsky) contacted Hunter Chaney director of marketing with the collings foundation about covering the 2010  Wings Of Freedom tour.  A date was set for our crew to fly from Albuquerque,NM  (KABQ) to Scottsdale, AZ (KSDL). On the morning of April 16th 2010 the crew met atPhoenix Sky Harbor  airport for the short flight to Albuquerque on southwest airlines.  A friend of Steve's at the KABQ airport Police drove us across the airport ramp to Cutter Aviation KABQ . After checking in we were told we would be riding on the B-24 Witchcraft. This was ok with me,as the open waist gun windows make for a perfect platform to shoot photos from. While on the ramp at KABQ I spoke to the P-51 pilot and briefed on the flight profile. The Pilot told me he was planing on flying on the RH wing of the B-24 all the way to KSDL  this was great news to me.Finally I will have a chance to shoot some air to air with a P-51 Mustang. The following photos are from that flight, more will follow as I post to the Gallery. I would like to thank All of the Members and Volunteer members of the Collings Foundation for the opportunity to once again fly with the legends.

Joe and Steve Kates fly along with the Collings Foundation

Stay tuned and check back later for a trip report from Joe. Him and his brother Steve are currently in New Mexico getting ready to do a cross country ride-along as the Collings Foundation brings their stable of old Warbirds into Arizona landing today. (all pics from last year)

Grumman Gulf Hawk (Civilian Bear Cat) – N700A

Grumman Gulf Hawk(Civilian Bear Cat)

N700A  C/N D.1262

Serial Number 1262 Type Registration Corporation Manufacturer Name GRUMMAN Certificate Issue Date 07/03/2001 Model G58B Status Valid Type Aircraft Fixed Wing Single-Engine Type Engine Reciprocating Pending Number Change None Dealer No Date Change Authorized None Mode S Code 52252216 MFR Year 1950 Fractional Owner NO Registered Owner Name POND WARBIRDS LLC Street 64725 ACANTO DR City PALM SPRINGS State CALIFORNIA County RIVERSIDE Zip Code 92264-0245 Country UNITED STATES Airworthiness Engine Manufacturer P & W Classification Limited Engine Model R-2800 SERIES Category None A/W Date 04/13/1973

Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat – NX207F

Palm Springs Air Museum NX207F Serial Number 80411F Type Registration Corporation Manufacturer Name GRUMMAN/POND Certificate Issue Date 07/03/2001 Model F7F-3 Status Valid Type Aircraft Fixed Wing Multi-Engine Type Engine Reciprocating Pending Number Change None Dealer No Date Change Authorized None Mode S Code 50326201 MFR Year 1945 Fractional Owner NO Registered Owner Name POND WARBIRDS LLC Street 64725 ACANTO DR City PALM SPRINGS State CALIFORNIA County RIVERSIDE Zip Code 92264-0245 Country UNITED STATES Airworthiness Engine Manufacturer P & W Classification Experimental Engine Model R-2800 SERIES Category Exhibition A/W Date 04/17/2000