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.
Aeronca-cThe 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.

Ces150-d

 

 

 

 

Cessna 150 early and later. Ces150-b
Ces150-a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cessna 172, I believe.
Ces150-e

 

 

 

B-144

 

 

IMG_8112 (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 
IMG_8122 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of C-bird pilots, apparently IMG_8124 (1) 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.
Ces310-e

 

 

 

 

Ces310-d

 

 

 

IMG_8100 (1)

 

 

 
Ces310-c

Ercoup-dWhat’s not to love about an Ercoupe, aside from the absence of a Mach meter?
Ercoup-c

 

 

 

 

 

B-140

 

 

 

 

Ercoup-e

 

 

 

 

 

Ercoup-aasdf

 

 

 

Ercoup-b

 

 

 

Maule-a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Maule made in Moultrie, Georgia

IMG_8129 (1)

 

 

It appeared the MiG-15 had been painted recently and set outside to dry.

MiG15-b

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8131 (2)

 

 

 

 

IMG_8132

 

 

 

The Piper L-4 in French markings looked like it just rolled out of the factory. CLEAN machine!
IMG_8125 (1)

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8126 (1)

 

 

 
L4-bPipTriP-a

 

 

 

The pictures of the Piper Tri-Pacer could have been taken in 1957, but they were taken January 31, 2014!

 

 
PipTriP-b

 

B-151

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PT13-a The Stearman pilot appeared to be ground testing his engine. We heard him for a while and then encountered him as he returned to his hangar.

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