Benton Airfield Military History Show 2016

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  1. GrauGeist

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    The first annual Military History Show at Benton Airfield (O85) here in Redding was a great day.

    The show is to bring together warbirds, armor, military vehicles, historical artifacts and even classic cars, all under one event. There was even a little aerial display by one of Benton Field's own T-34s.

    This year also had a fundraiser for the local law enforcement K-9 programs and the turn out was really impressive. Next year should see more warbirds as this event gains momentum. There were also airplane rides, a pancake breakfast, a fixed and rotary aircraft display by the California Highway Patrol and a large row of vendors. I intended to get down to the area that had all the classic cars and street rods but I was short on time so that didn't happen.

    I'll be sure to grab them next year!

    And now for the photos! :)
     
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    Well...I managed to create the thread but it wouldn't let me add photos to the first post, so we'll take it from here. :thumbleft:

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    To be continued...
     
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    Part 2...

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    More to follow...
     
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    I am liking it so far........

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    Beauty. I love military vehicles, my wife.......does not
     
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    Great pics Dave, and nice to see the British stuff, and the Volvo AT recce vehicle, even though the latter is in spurious, WW2 German colour scheme !
     
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    Glad everyone is enjoying the shots so far!

    Terry, several of these vehicles have been in movies, especially the modified Dodge Command car (photo number 7 in this post) that has been in such productions as "The Desert Fox", "Desert Rats", the TV series "Combat" and several others.

    On to part 3!

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    Next set coming up!
     
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    Here's part 4!

    By the way, in photo number 4, the soldiers are mannequins - the girl is very real :thumbleft:

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    The final photos are in the next post!
     
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    And here we are...the last couple photos.

    All in all, it was a great day - already looking forward to next year's show!

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by!

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    Excellent shots Dave. Nice collection.
     
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    Great stuff Dave
     
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    Nice shots Dave!
     
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    Great looking show Dave
     
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    Great stuff Dave, nice pics and looks like a good day out.
    Did you find out which part of Mannequec the soldiers came from ?
    I've got me coat ... again !!
     
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    Good job, Dave !
    So impressive :thumbright:
     
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    Thanks everybody, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

    I think it's great that Benton decided to put something like this together, as Northern California doesn't really have alot of venues of this sort like the larger areas down south (and back east).

    So with any luck, this Military History Show will gain momentum and become a popular annual event - perhaps not on a scale of Duxford or Oshkosh, but it would be great for the younger generation (and us older ones) to see all the historical hardware.
     
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