Visit To Flabob Airport
I consider meeting American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS) contributing photographer Paul Minert the single most important person connected to my visit to Los Angeles — after the goodwill and generosity of AAHS President Jerri Bergen who (for reasons I can’t imagine) invited me out. Paul had access to secure areas I (alone) could never visit. The visit to Chino Airport had left me breathless, and the trip to Flabob in Riverside, California at first glance promised a repeat mega-impact. Only the uncertainty over remaining photo capacity curbed my elation over what I encountered there. The diminishing light of late afternoon was also a factor, but I believed that if I could see it, I could make everything work with a little help from Corel and Adobe. As with the Chino pics, these are shared in alphabetical order.
The Aeronca Champ reflects the quintessential Flabob.
Since I don’t know how the text here will mesh with the pictures, I’m simply stating the names of the aircraft as I post them. Your questions and comments are welcome. Click on any to enlarge and “back” to return to the blog.
A couple of C-bird pilots, apparently cavorting as a flight of two, made passes down the runway and one made some impressive hard breaks into climbs out. The pictures are the only ones a took with my 300 mm tele lens on my Canon Eos 20-D. I was impressed with their flying. Next, a few 310s.
A Maule made in Moultrie, Georgia
It appeared the MiG-15 had been painted recently and set outside to dry.
The pictures of the Piper Tri-Pacer could have been taken in 1957, but they were taken January 31, 2014!
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