Warbirds over Camarillo
The 36th annual ‘Wings over Camarillo’ airshow took place over the weekend 20-21 August. Home to the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (Socal CAF), Camarillo houses a flying museum and restores and displays many interesting aircraft.
Two recent SOCAL restorations made their airshow debuts: PBJ-1J N5865V and Fairchild F-24 NC77696, the latter completing its maiden flight just two days earlier after a twelve-year restoration. Mitchell Buno 35857, which flies in the colours and markings of a PBJ-1J that saw combat service with VMB-611 in the Pacific during WWII, is the only Mitchell currently flying that was actually manufactured as a PBJ. Alongside the CAF aircraft there were other notable types including rare P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G from Phoenix, an assortment of Planes of Fame Chino aircraft including P-38J Lightning Skidoo, a P-47G Thunderbolt and the eye-catching Northrop N9M flying wing and the Palm Springs Air Museum’s P-63A Kingcobra Pretty Polly and P-51D Bunny. The latter wears the Tuskegee ‘red tail’ colours and veteran Lt Col Bob Friend made a guest appearance alongside ‘his’ P-51.
The warbirds air display was grouped into the European or Pacific Theatre, the latter presenting the Chino-based Zero and Corsair in ‘combat’. Warbird rides were available in the CAF SNJ, the newly restored PBJ and B-25 Executive Sweet. Report & photos Peter Hodgkins
This Mitchell is the only one currently flying that was originally built as a USN PB-1J
Newly restored Argus NC77696 was flown for the first time on 18 August
Planes of Fame Chino’s eye-catching Northrop N9M flying wing
Rare P4Y-2 Privateer N2871G from Phoenix, AZ
P-51D Bunny painted in the Tuskegee ‘red tail’ colours