War­birds over Ca­mar­illo

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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

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