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A philanthropic airshow

A philanthropic airshow

There’s extra to the California Worldwide Airshow (CIA) Salinas than meets the attention.

Positive there have been dazzling flight shows and fascinating plane on the flight line in the course of the 2018 present at Salinas Municipal Airport (KSNS) in California.

However unknown to many is that the airshow has develop into some of the profitable airshows supporting charitable organizations in North America, elevating greater than $eight million for regional charities.

Tony Higa moved from Okinawa to the U.S. to pursue his dream of aerobatic flying. He performs airshows on this Pitts S1S that took him 18 years to construct.

Starring within the 38th annual airshow have been civilian performers, together with Chuck Coleman in his Additional 300, Vicky Benzing together with her distinctive scarlet Stearman, and airshow newcomer Tony Higa piloting his Pitts S1S.

Vicky Benzing heads earthward in her inventory 1940 Boeing Stearman. Vicky has owned this former cropduster for 20 years and loves performing with it.

Warbird followers have been rewarded with a duo of P-51 Mustangs and the Commemorative Air Drive’s B-17G “Sentimental Journey,” which carried out flight demonstrations.

CAF Mesa Wing is the house base for the B-17G “Sentimental Journey.”

These wanting a bit extra energy loved the performances by Jerry Conley in his sinister, all-black de Havilland DH-115 Vampire jet coach, and Greg Colyer together with his T-33 Capturing Star “Ace Maker II.”

The Vampire can be the primary Royal Air Pressure fighter with a prime velocity in extra of 500 mph, it was additionally the primary jet plane to traverse the Atlantic Ocean.

Greg Colyer is exclusive in performing in army plane with out the good thing about lively obligation army flight expertise. Greg acquired his first T-33 in 2008.

Army fly-bys have been carried out by a USAF C-130H Hercules from the Kentucky ANG and a USCG C-27J Spartan.

All the day’s flying, together with some ultra-low degree flight by monster vans, led as much as the headliner look by the US Air Drive Thunderbirds. For this present the T-birds have been working from close by Monterey Airport, which has a requisite 7,000′ runway.

The Thunderbirds.

A few present army plane have been on show, starting from the Travis-based C-5M Tremendous Galaxy at one finish of the tarmac to the NAS Lemoore VFA-122 F/A-18F Tremendous Hornet on the different finish. Two C-130 Hercules transports traveled an extended methods to see the West Coast, one from Rhode Island ANG and one other from Kentucky ANG. A C-12, the army model of the Tremendous King Air, rounded out the gathering.

Cal Hearth has been working these Vietnam veteran Tremendous Hueys since 1990, this one sports activities a 360 gallon underfuselage tank as an alternative of a Bambi bucket.

A number of civilian organizations have been available with static shows, together with Cal Hearth, which introduced one in every of its OV-10 Bronco spotter plane and a Tremendous Huey firefighting helicopter.

This Skylane is likely one of the planes flown by volunteer pilots as a part of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Aero Squadron. The Squadron conducts search and rescue, patrol and particular operations air help missions.

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Workplace was represented by a Cessna Skylane from the volunteer Sheriff’s Air Squadron.

One of many main flight coaching plane within the CAU fleet made an look at Salinas.

California Aeronautical College was current with one in every of its flight coaching Cessna 172s subsequent to their sales space.

Aside from the warbirds that carried out, people might see a reproduction Nakajima torpedo bomber and a T-6 Texan.

Basic aviation plane on show ranged from a Stearman to a Maule MX-7. A pristine 1959 straight-tailed Cessna 172 and a tidy V-tail Bonanza added to the eclectic combine whereas a Journey Air 4000 and Aeronca rounded out the GA varieties.

Airshow followers ought to take observe that the 2019 present might be March 23-24, a number of months sooner than the 2018 present in late September.

Extra Pictures from the California Worldwide Airshow Salinas

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