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We were out at El Centro, CA last week for the first big airshow of the season. The Blue Angels were there.
The Blue Angels currently fly F-18’s. When they formed after WWII they first flew F8F Bearcats and F6F Hellcats.
We have a F8F Bearcat. We have an F6F Hellcat.
On the evening before the airshow, at sunset we went up with our F8F, our F6F, one of their F18s, and some photographers in our PBJ-1/B-25 as a photo platform. The pictures are pretty stinking spectacular.
Check them out on our website and also on our Instagram or Twitter feeds!
Filed under CAF, Airshows
As much as might like my day job, what I see outside my office there can’t hold a candle to what I see outside my office at my weekend gig.
Everything that wasn’t undergoing maintenance was down in El Centro for the first airshow of the season. For the backdrop on an event being held in our museum hangar, our C-46, China Doll, was moved up close and personal.
Inside the maintenance hangar, there was work going on on our F-24 (just out of sight on the right), our new Navion (white, blue, and yellow), the AAF’s B-25 Executive Suite (they lease space from us in our new hangar), and a plane I honestly am not familiar with (the white one with the red stripes) but think might belong to a CAF wing member.
If I can ever get my medical renewed and get my ass back into the cockpit for some refresher training, flying the Navion is a very real possibility by the time it’s ready to fly again in a couple of months.
That would be great!
Filed under CAF, Photography
The “small” audit is done, with the CAF auditors from Dallas on their way back to Texas.
I understand that it’s a part of the business, but I really hate audits. It’s the same thing with any kind of huge test, such as college finals, solo auditions when I played an instrument in high school, or my flight test for my private pilot’s license. It’s not that I don’t pass – typically I do very well. In fact, I can’t remember outright failing one in forever.
But audits in particular are procedures that put you on the spot, under a microscope, like an oral dissertation defense but one that can last days or weeks.
It’s the Spanish Inquisition, with fewer physical tortures and more mental ones.
So the two days defending (pretty well) my CAF accounting work are done, and tomorrow I dive right back into the “day job” year-end close and audit. With luck, they’ll be done by April 15th without needing an extension.
It might be a long eight weeks.
Good thing I’m stubborn, mule-headed, and too stupid to know when to quit!
SpaceX (flawlessly) performed their return-to-flight launch today out of Vandenberg AFB, a couple hours drive up the California coast. As much as I might have wanted to be there, that wasn’t going to happen. Instead, I had an alarm or two set on my phone and a few minutes before launch I broke away from my chores at the CAF and went out to the edge of the runway.
It’s 108 miles as the crow flies to Vandenberg from Camarillo. Given that, I was amazed at how easy it was to see the launch and follow it for about two minutes. (You probably have to click on the pictures to see them full sized – it wasn’t THAT huge.)
Starting to pick up a bit of contrail behind it.
Heading due south toward Antarctica and a polar orbit.
Cropped to show just the rocket and tail of flame.
One of these days I’m going to have to make the 3-hour drive up to catch one from much, much closer!