While we don’t own one ourselves at the CAF SoCal Wing, a number of our members personally own T-34 “Mentor” trainers.
They often fly with us in formation, such as when we use our PBJ bomber to do a flyover of a UCLA or USC or Rams football game.
I think they were practicing formation flight yesterday. Whatever it was, there were three of them lined up on our ramp and looking great.
The T-34 was built in the 1950’s to train our military pilots and used through the 1960’s.
It’s a nice plane.
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It was a gloomy, cloudy, cool, ever so slightly drizzly day in Camarillo, so the flights we had scheduled got cancelled or rescheduled for some other day.
However, out on the ramp, in position for Monday morning, we had a number of aircraft, including our C-46 (in the back on the left) and the AAF’s C-47 (foreground, left).
On the KTLA Monday morning news show we’re scheduled to have live segments with reporter Gail Anderson from the ramp every hour starting at about 06:20. It’s in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6th. If there’s some dramatic breaking news or a car chase or something else we might get pre-empted (it’s happened before) but let’s hope for the best and you can get a view of my home away from home, some of the folks I work with there, and some of our aircraft.
If you’re in the LA area, or if you can pick up their feed online,
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The weather at Camarillo was quite nice, if a touch windy. But that wasn’t nearly enough to stop our PBJ or other planes from flying.
While the PBJ was sitting out on the ramp waiting for our passengers to arrive, I noticed the view with some growing convective clouds building 25-30 miles north, up over the mountains along the northern edge of Ventura County. Later in the day they grew into some significant thunderstorm cells with flash flooding along the I-5 over the Grapevine, but at this point they were just a pretty background for the gorgeous plane.
Lemons —> Lemonade
I had work to do at the CAF hangar as I normally do on Saturday, but we were having an event there which had the entire location packed to the gills. I probably could have gotten in since I work there, but I had a new printer (weighing in at 50 pounds) and would have had to park blocks and blocks away, then walk while carrying the printer plus my briefcase and other stuff.
I had a Plan B.
Our storage unit is just on the other side of the runway (this is not an accident) and I’ve still got plenty of work to do to clean up following our move eleven months ago. Way too much of the last few days (looking back at it I still can’t quite believe we actually pulled it off) was spent simply stuffing boxes into storage as fast as possible because there were no other options or alternatives. So sorting stuff into order is still a work in progress.
Five hours later I was quite exhausted – I don’t get enough exercise these days, which has got to change. But for today there was more sweating, lifting, hauling, and flat-out grunt work than I’ve had in several months. So I locked up and went over to the hangar to see how quickly I could get the bare minimum “accounting stuff” done. (About three and a half hours.)
The good news is that my watch is thrilled with me. For the first time since I got it, I closed all three rings. (If you don’t have an Apple Watch, just go with “It’s a good thing!”)
What I find hilarious is the red graph – four to five hours where the activity readings are pegged, followed by a rapid decent to the rest of the day sitting at a desk and plotzing, watching repeats of yesterday’s SpaceX launch, watching the new Star Wars IX trailer, and generally being sore and stiff and waiting for the sweet, sweet release of the grave.
Tomorrow’s another day. Kick ass – take names!