Category Antique

Thunder Over The Coconino 2011

By: Category: AirshowsAntiqueMilitaryMuseumsPlanes of Fame Air MuseumRoad tripsSpottingValleWarbird

Almost 30 hours after coming back from Valle, several gigabytes and a few beers later. I have the photos ready.

The 2nd airshow in Valle in just over two months, I heard of this one from some guy in a Facebook group and did some research and it turned out it looked like I was going to make it. The reality is that as the show got closer, it started looking not good. First, Flagship Detroit cancelled, unfortunate news, but then I got word that the PB4Y Privateer was going this time (it had engine trouble in June, just as it was getting ready to head up to Valle), then, miserable weather throughout Northern Arizona threatened the show...

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High Country Warbirds Fly In 2011

By: Category: AirshowsAntiqueEventsMuseumsRoad tripsWarbird

Today was the High Country Warbirds Fly-in, held at the Planes of Fame museum in Valle (40G). When I first learned of the event, I wasn't sure if I would make it, given that this is final exams weekend; to my good luck, my final was at 8 AM, which would give me plenty of time to make the drive up to Valle to see this. So after the final, I jumped in my truck with my roommate and we headed North. Unfortunately the main plane that made me drive over there, the white with orange and red stripes Consolidated Privateer didn't make it to the show, it was scheduled (I didn't know it was, but I knew it was at the Chino event last month, so I was hoping), but it suffered some failure and couldn't go...Read More

End of Coolidge Fly-in Season 2011

By: Category: AntiqueEventsFriendsPHXRoad tripsSpecial paintUncategorized

A few weeks ago, when I got a message from Jason telling me about the Coolidge fly-in this Saturday, I wasn't sure if I wanted to go, part of me said yes, part of me said it's a bit of a long drive (Google said 3 hrs 20) for a morning event. Eventually I decided I was going no matter what and made sure I had Saturday free. I left for Coolidge around 5 AM (30 minutes late!) and thanks to the lack of traffic, made it to Coolidge around 7:45 (after getting slightly lost).
I had a completely different idea of the airport and the fly-in, first of all, the hangar is a massive WWII hangar that's still mostly original, and there's no fences. Yes, no fences...
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Cactus Fly-In 2011

By: Category: AirshowsAntiqueCasa GrandeUncategorized

The Cactus Fly-In, hosted by the Arizona Antique Aircraft Association, Inc. (AAAA) with the cooperation of the City of Casa Grande, is the season's premier aviation event. It is considered a "not to be missed" opener to the years' up-coming fly-in events. With emphasis placed on the aircraft of yesteryear, the Cactus Fly-In is certainly in a class of its own. Antiques, Classics, Warbirds, Replicas, and Homebuilt aircraft will be on display throughout the event. Conveniently located in Casa Grande, Arizona, between Phoenix and Tucson, the Cactus Fly-In enjoys the mild and temperate climate that can only be found in the springtime in beautiful, southern Arizona...Read More