Looking Back at Some Early 1990s MCAS El Toro Air Shows.



Here’s a look back in time… about thirty years, to a series of MCAS El Toro air shows during the early 1990s. Operation Desert Storm-era military aircraft, including active Marine RF-4Bs, OV-10s and CH-46s were displayed on the ground and in the air.

One of the last flyable (in the U. S. anyway) F-8 Crusaders of Thunderbird Aviation, and James Gregory’s Canadair Sabre Mk. 6 Sabre (Gallery photo taken on the day prior to his unfortunate fatal crash at El Toro) were just a pair of jet fighters that flew during the shows.

Add to that civilian performers like the Red Baron Team, and California-based warbirds like the F4U and FG-1 Corsairs that graced the California skies (sometimes hazy and sometimes clear) and some fine air shows were presented to people during warm and inviting Southern California.


Spectators from around the world were attracted by the mix of current Marine Corps aviation and past military hardware. How many of these aircraft can you ID? 

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