Annual Chino Airshow

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  1. GregP

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    #1 GregP, Apr 29, 2012
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    Next weekend is our annual airshow at Chino, California. We have been preparing for it since about January, but much more intently in the last month. Yesterday, in the midst of preparing for the airshow, we had an unusual event.

    A Japanese magazine wanted to do an article on two of our aircraft, the flyanle Mistubishi Zero and the unrestored Mitsubishi J2M Raiden. I have been a volunteer at the Planes of Fame for more than 6 years now, and I have never seen the Raiden moved, but we took it out of the hangar and into the sun for a photo shoot with the Zero next to it. I must say, the two planes are impressive. The film crew recorded the move, put cameras on booms down into the fuselages and even removed the cowlings from the Zero to film the engine. It was pretty nest to see them both together.

    Meanwhile, we are putting some finishing touches on our Yokosuka D4Y Judy and are making a couple of bobs to go into the internal bomb bay. Naturally, these are fiberglass replicas and we made the fins for the bombs yesterday and got them looking ready to install.

    Concerning the airshow, our Curtiss P-47G (basically a P-47B made by Curtiss), which has been “away” fior two years flew back and will participate in the show this year. We ran up the freshly-overhauled left-hand Allison in the P-38J and both of our P-51’s are getting some work. “Wee Willy” is sporting a freshly-overhauled Marlin and the cowling will probably go on today. “Spam Can” has a new paint scheme and was being polished. The part not painted is now polished Aluminum.

    The famous “Horsemem” act will consist of Ed Shipley and Dan Freidken in the two P-51’s, and Steve Hinton will fly in the middle in our P-38. This is basically a one-time act as none of the regular Horsemen are signed off in our P-38. Should be a good sow! Practice looks great.

    My own project is the Bell YP-59A Airacomet and we buttoned it up for the airshow yesterday. We completed the sliding canopy some time back and are now completing the front windscreen area and, though not finished, it will look pretty goof for the display in the airshow. The only areas where it doesn’t look complete now are on the wings. We have the ailerons removed and have drilled off the wing skins just in front of the ailerons to get to the gap seal mounts and aileron mounts. We attached the skin pieces with clecos but the ailerons are not mounted. Other than that, it looks pretty complete, though unpainted.

    So basically we’ll have a pretty good list of our own aircraft flying:

    1) Two North American P-51D’s
    2) Lockheed P-38J-5
    3) North American B-25
    4) Curtiss P-47G
    5) Douglas Dauntless
    6) Vought F4U-1 Corsair
    7) Grumman TBM Avenger
    8] Curtiss P-40N
    9) North American P-5A
    10) Yakovlev Yak-3
    11) Mitsubishi A6M5 Model 52 Zero
    12) North American F-86F
    13) Mikoyan-Gurevivh MiG-15bis
    14) Canadair CT-133 (Canadian T-33)
    15) Northrop N9MB Flying Wing
    16) We might fly the Seversky AT-12 Guardsman ... depends on the staff
    17) We’ll also fly the replica Focke-Wulf Fw 190F owned by Rudy Frasca
    18] Other planes are flying in and we should have 40+ WWII aircraft flying in addition to Sean Tucker, Rob Harrison, and a Heritage flight including a private F-4 Phantom!

    The list of static diplay birds will include our newly almost finished Yokusuka D4Y Judy and ehe Bell YP-59 along with other interesting birds from around Chino and the area.

    You are all certainly invited if you are in the area and several Forum members will be there including WheelsUpCavu, who is now a volunteer at the Museum along with the rest of us airplane nuts. C'mon to Chino and join us next weekend!

    Just FYI.
     
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    Yep, like Greg mentions I will be there too.

    A little OT Greg but check your PM. I may have found the type of bearings you need for the Hispano. You will need to find the correct size though.


    Wheels
     
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    #3 GregP, Apr 29, 2012
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    Thanks WheelsUpCavu, but I really need the inside ball without the external race. The downlock for the Hispano already has the spherical form, and all I need is the ball end. It is about 12.5 mm or so.

    Anyway, thatnk you for your effort and I'll look at it hard later thios evening.
     
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    Our anual airshow is this coming Saturday and Sunday.

    Anyone want to get together on Friday to meet and greet, watch the practice, and maybe go see an Allison shop?

    If so, let me know in here and we'll meet at the Chino airpirt restaraunt and go from there.
     
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    Hi Greg,

    Currently in Lancaster working. Got my girlfriend coming out on thurs. May head out that way if the weather is bad at the beach. Where do you think you"ll be hanging out?
     
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    Yep, I'd love too.

    Unfortunately I can't - It's a bit of a long walk (and swim)!
     
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    Might aim for it next year if I can manage to cause a mist on a mirror:lol:
     
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    Ho Joe,

    I'll be at Chino airport. it would be much better if we meet at specific place and time, like 9:00 am at Flo's Airport Cafe out front of the door ... but maybe you can let me know sometime before Thursday evening in here. If not, I'll be in the restoration hangar after the airshow with about 400 other people ... come on over and wd cna ask about and find each other.

    All the best, - Greg
     
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    Find out more about this weekends airshow at the PoF website:

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVP9BCgd5sc
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    Air Show action - Clay Lacy

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGeELnipkh4
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    Air Show Action - Dogfights

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP0aGXtD_KA
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    Air Show action - Navy Warbirds

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbbh_lDbcak
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    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbbh_lDbcak

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    Find more videos of rare planes being flown and shown at the Planes of Fame YouTube channel.
    Planes of Fame's YouTube channel: POFmuseum - YouTube


    Wheels
     

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    It's 4:25 AM in California and I am getting my stuff together for today. I'll be heading out about 6 AM to be there about 7:30. Looks to be a good day today, and I should be able to get up in the morning to fly with the RV guys. 8)
     
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    Hi Evan!

    I'll be out on the parking lot collecting parking fees for recreational vehicles, but we can meet sometime I hope.

    - Greg :)
     
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    This was a great show as usual. I also had the opportunity to meet wheelsup and Eric.
     
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    Almost 200 miles of driving, about 10 miles of walking and over 2000 photos later, I'm sunburned, sore and tired, yet very satisfied. ;) Great show yesterday. I met Merv, Wheels and Syscom briefly, but was running all over the place trying to get many things done at once. I will have some show photos soon, but first, here are some shots from the pre-show flight with the RVs. It was a great flight. Twelve aircraft in three different formation setups. Great station keeping and safe flying.
     

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    You know Eric, in another life I don't want to be Sean Connery, I don't want to be the President of the USA, I don't want to be Bill Gates.......I want to be YOU!!! :) [email protected] nice pics!!!! I hope you got some with the other guys.
     
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    I just looked over the video's I took. They came out fairly good and some were quite spectacular on my HDTV. I need to edit them and get them uploaded.

    NJACO ..... you like FW190's? Be patient my friend .... be patient! 8)
     
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    Nah, you don't wanna be me. One is enough of me in this world, just ask my wife. ;) My meetings with everyone else were pretty brief, it was a crazy busy time for me. Here are some photos from the show.
     

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    Great shots Eric!
     
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    Some lovely shots there Eric.
     
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    Thanks guys. I saw Wheels on my way out yesterday afternoon and he looked as tired as I was. I know he was out there again today, so I am guessing he won't be on for a few days to recuperate.
     
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    Wheels would have been done in last January. But he's been in the gym for several months and was in good spirits and ready to go when I last saw him.

    I was out in the dirt field taking parking fees from the motor homes. I probably won't do THAT again!
     
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