Warbirds at the Great State of Maine Air Show

This August 2012 air show featured more than a dozen warbirds from all over the country.  Many of these aircraft pulled double duty… acting as static displays as well as flying during the show.   The Commemorative Air Force’s  “Redtail Squadron” P-51C Mustang, and the Texas Flying Legends Museum’s quintet of World War II aircraft that included a FG-1D Corsair, P-51D Mustang, P-40N Warhawk, A6M2 Zero and B-25J Mitchell were featured both in the air and on the ground.  Greg Colyer’s T-33 “Ace Maker”, the Collings Foundation’s F4U-5N flown by Dan McCue, and the Raiders’ CJ-6 and four Yak-52s rounded out the flying warbirds.   AN L-39C Albatross, flown in by Larry Labriola and sporting a (possible) Reno racing number, was the sole non-flying warbird during the days of the show.

The Texas Flying Museum’s six aircraft spend the summer in Wiscasset Maine, the Spring at Minot North Dakota, and winter over at Houston Texas’ Ellington Field.  There is a second Mustang that didn’t make the trip down to Brunswick too, but the five aircraft that did perform spent almost a full half hour in the air during each of the three flying shows during the weekend.  The Friday evening show featured especially strong performances from the B-25 and Zero as they chased through the sky.  The Raiders hail from New Jersey; they were formerly known as the “Northeast Raiders”.  For this show, a formation of four Yak-52s was joined by a CJ-6 solo plane; all five flew during the daytime, but only four during the late twilight show.  Dan McCue, who lives in Maine, flew his strong aerobatic routine in the Collings Foundation Corsair and paired up with a VFA-106 F/A-18C Hornet for the Navy Legacy Flight.  California native Greg Colyer flew a graceful routine in his Canadian built T-33 jet trainer.  The CAF’s “Tuskegee Airmen” P-51C and the RISE ABOVE travelling exhibit drew much attention at the north end of the show ramp, and the rare “C” version of the Mustang flew some great photo passes too.

Ken Kula

Photos by: Scott Zeno, Alice Leong, Ken Kula

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