Finally having reached Day Five of our five day inundation (infestation?) of pictures from “Wings Over Camarillo 2015”, I’ll mention one last time that on Saturday I featured the CAF SoCal aircraft that flew, on Sunday there were pictures of people watching that airshow, on Monday I showed the first of three days of pictures of other, non-CAF SoCal aircraft that flew, and, of course, yesterday I showed the second of those three days.
The CJ-7s that had accompanied “Executive Suite” (a B-25 bomber) made a final pass in review.
Chuck Aaron flies the Red Bull Helicopter through maneuvers that I was taught were impossible. I was told you couldn’t possibly roll or loop a helicopter, or fly it inverted. Good thing that no one ever told Chuck! He truly does amazing things with that machine!
Another plane type that I didn’t catch since I was often “on duty” during the show. There were several of them, they’re civilian, private aircraft, and they were REALLY stinkin’ fast on their passes. I don’t know for a fact that they were buzzing by even faster than the P-51s did, but it sure looked and felt like they did.
There’s no good way to get a still picture that portrays what’s going on in a great aerobatics routine. Even with a video, with the camera moving around and following the action, you just don’t get the scope of watching someone dance and paint smoke all over a huge box in the sky above you. This is but one of the reasons that I urge everyone to get to an airshow every so often – it’s good for the soul.
This (and the picture above) are Vicky Benzing flying the “purple plane,” which is a 1993 Extra Flugzeugbau 3005 aerobatics plane. It’s capable of plus-or-minus ten Gs.
The thought of ten Gs positive is daunting, since even trained fighter pilots and astronauts pass out at about seven or eight. Ten Gs negative? I’m thinking that might not be a good thing for me, even if the plane would be fine.
The P-40 Warhawk from the Planes of Fame Museum show the classic “shark mouth” paint scheme that was made popular by the Flying Tigers in Southeast Asia during World War II. My favorite story about the Flying Tigers (and I would have to hunt for a citation, it’s something I read as a kid) was that, in order to fool the Japanese into thinking they had far more planes than they had (they had very few), they would change the propellers and spinners (nose cone on the propeller) with ones painted different colors, thus making it look at a glance to be a different plane.
This is an all-time favorite plane of mine, and I haven’t seen one in a while. Maybe I watched too much “Black Sheep Squadron” as a kid (or as an adult) but I just love the F4-U Corsair (again, from the Planes of Fame Museum).
Finishing out the “Navy flight” portion of the show (along with the CAF’s Zero, Hellcat, and Bearcat, seen here on Saturday and Sunday) is the SBD-5 Dauntless from the Planes of Fame Museum. A rugged dive bomber, the Dauntless also has a distinctive shape with the rear-facing gunner (hidden behind the wing here) and the big, slotted flaps on the trailing edge of the wings.
Finally, when we first saw the MV-22 Osprey taking off for its demonstration flight on Saturday afternoon, I was seeing it through the crowd and got what I thought was a pretty neat picture as it rose up out of the huge cloud of dust that it had kicked up from its propwash.
It was a really great airshow! Join us next year – no date set yet, but probably the last weekend in August again, watch here for updates, of course. And remember, if you want to see a lot of these same planes (we’ll be there from the CAF) as well as the indescribable Blue Angels, there’s a big airshow at Pt. Mugu on September 26th and 27th, four weeks from now.