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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