Warbird Sightings Photo Gallery
Photos of various
Warbirds that we find on our various journeys.
BuNo. 10575 at Midway Airport Concourse A, Chicago, IL June 3, 2012 -
Over 17 million passengers pass through Midway on an annual basis.
Probably only a couple of thousand (this is probably over optimistic)
understand the significance of the SBD and Midway and their importance
in US and world history. Great display and effort by the Midway
Note that there is only one young lady
working on educating herself as the significance of the SBD.
It is rare to see the bomb extender on a SBD
from the underneath side. In looking at old photos and ones I have
taken it appears that the bomb would be recessed back up into the
aircraft so the removal of the outer panels looks to be correct. I
had not realized this before.
Grumman Tracker S2F-1/US-2B 136427 "The
Iron Lady" , Arlington, WA May 29, 2012
For more photos and information on
136427 please go to my Tracker
136427 Iron Lady Information
(3) HA-220, L-29 Grissom
Aeroplex, Peru, IN August 28, 2010 According to the pilots
that were with the aircraft shown below Grissom may become a haven for
jet warbirds. Note that all four aircraft photographed below are
not from Indiana. Due to its remote location and the 12,000 foot
runway I was told the warbird owners with jets would be using the
facility as an operating base.
This Hispano HA-220 belonging to Arrow Jet
of Ontario, OR taxies out for a flight.
This HA-220 belongs to Leonard Ekman of
Panama City, FL.
Mi Casa Es Su Casa of St. Clair Shores, MI
is the owner of this Seata.
William Geipel of Elbert, CO prepares to
start his L-29 for a flight with the Seata. Mr. Geipel is the
Flight Surgeon at the attached US Air Force Reserve Tanker base that is
located at the airport. This used to be Grissom AFB and the
hangars in the background were used for A-10 maintenance when they were
Grumman HU-16C, Charles
Schultz Airport, Santa Rosa, CA May 13, 2010 - This nice looking
Albatross is owned by Lynn Hunt of Santa Rosa.
Grumman HU-16 and North
American B-25, Charles Schultz Airport, Santa Rosa, CA May 13, 2010 -
Both of these aircraft were being worked on across the street from the
Pacific Coast Air Museum. The B-25 is owned by Mitchell Mania of
Windsor, CA. The HU-16 is US Air Force serial number 49-075 and
Avro Canberra TT18,
Deserted FBO Ramp, Melbourne International Airport, Melbourne, FL July
23, 2009 - This Canberra, N77844, is registered to The National
Aviation Museum and Foundation of Oklahoma in Tulsa, OK
Visilia Municipal Airport, CA May 18, 2009 - There were two C-130s
sitting at the northeast end of runway 30 and west of the Airport
office. They can be seen from 99 northbound. Both are
registered to TBM Corporation.
Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, CA May 14, 2009
While I visited the Palm Springs Museum on
May 14, 2009 the Bell P-63 King Cobra departed for the Chino Air Show
(2) DC-3, F-5, HU-16, Mig-21,
Twin Beech Hemet Ryan Airport, Hemet, CA May 14, 2009
This DC-3, N26MA, is owned by
Paralift. Paralift uses its aircraft for hauling skydivers and has
also been involved in the film industry, including the movie "Conair".
This Twin Beech, N476PA, is also a Paralift
This the second DC-3, N20TW, owned by
This Grumman HU-16, N85303, is owned by Surf
Wing in Laguna Beach, CA.
A-26, B-25, C-1A DC-3, HU-16,
Lauridsen Aviation Museum, Buckeye Airport, Buckeye, AZ May 13, 2009
- This Museum is consolidating at Buckeye and has a total of 15
aircraft that will be on display once they are all brought to this
Bell UH-1 Hueys,
US Helicopter (Bell Textron), Ozark Airport, Ozark, Alabama, November
13, 2008 - US Helicopter is in the business of rebuilding Bell
manufactured helicopters for not only the US military but other US
agencies and countries that want cost effective machines. The
operating cost of a Huey is 1/10 of a UH-60, not even considering the
huge differential in purchase cost. The UH-1's pictured below at
the Ozark facility will be built into the upgraded Huey II model.
Also on the ramp awaiting delivery were four newly remanufactured
aircraft, two of which are headed to the Columbian military.
Grumman HU-16 and
Lockheed P2V, Alamogordo
Airport, Alamogordo, New Mexico October 4, 2008 It looks as
if there may be some work being done on the Albatross as there is a
ladder stand on the port side of vertical stabilizer.
Waco Museum Aviation Learning Center, Troy, OH Airport September 6, 2008
This is the only complete CG-15A fuselage known to exist today.
The CG-15A fuselage was 2 inches longer than the CG-4A fuselage but has the tow rope
release centered on the nose of the glider, and has a shorter wing span
of just over 62 feet vs. almost 84 feet on the CG-4A, allowing it a top
speed of 180 mph vs.150 mph for the CG-4A. The fuselage is located outside of the museum
hangar on the east side.
The wing struts are the long poles piled in
front of the frame.
Dougla A-26, Grime
Airport, Urbana, OH September 6, 2008 A-26 that has been
flown into Urbana a part of the growing collection of the Champaign Air
Museum at Urbana. Before this can fly it will need the crack in
the rear spar repaired. Note that it des not have a registration
number at this time.
Anderson, IN Airport April 5, 2008 Erickson Air Crane from Central
Point, Oregon took over the Standard Type certificate for the S64E in
1992 making it the current manufacturer of the Aircrane. In 1972
Erickson began Air Logging using the S64E and now operates
internationally in the air logging business. While this is not a true
warbird, tne S64E pictured here is a brother to the CH-54 and will be
included here as these are rare in central Indiana. This is the
first one I have ever seen fly. This aircraft, N189AC, shows a build
date of 1997.
Note the crewman (he is in orange flight suit)
on the aircraft while the engines are running and rotors turning.
Fairchild C-123K, N4254H at the
Titusville Airport, FL, March 15, 2008 This C-123K has
been sitting derelict at the Titusville Airport for many years and has
just been recently been purchased by a new owner in Wasilla, Alaska and
as can be seen is being prepared to fly again. The Provider, once
made airworthy, will be used as a cargo hauler in the 49th state.
Fairchild C-123K, S/N
54-674 and N674JK at the Titusville Airport, FL, March 15, 2008.
This Provider is currently owned by Air America Foundation in West
Melbourne, FL, is undergoing restoration at the Valiant Air Command
Facilities and was on display for the March Air Show. When the
restoration is complete, the C-123K will become a flying museum on the
history of Air America and will be painted the same color gray as the
rudder is now. The aircraft still carries a registration number
from Honduras where it was purchased from. There is no name
assigned to the US registration N674JK.
Tupolev Tu-2 at the War
Eagles Museum, Santa Teresa, NM January 25, 2008
Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon N2PV at the Las
Cruces International Airport, January 26, 2008. This aircraft
is registered to Southwest Aviation located at the Las Cruces Airport.
Douglas A-26B N26WB, serial number 27992,
at the Las Cruces International Airport, January 26, 2008.
N26WB is a previous registration number along with N26MR when the
Invader was owned by previous persons. The correct and current
registration is N706ME, which belongs to the current owner, Nostalgia of
Denton, TX. The new owner has not yet changed the N-number on the
A-26 to N706ME.
A-26B, N26HK, serial number 27834, registered to Southwest
Aviation is the last photo in the series and is the A-26 fuselage on the
flatbed trailer, which was previously registered N550 at Opa Locka, FL.
Thanks to T J Johansen for providing
information on these two A-26s on November 16, 2008.