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Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender

Do you ever see an airframe and think to yourself “That isn’t a real aircraft.  It looks like something left over from a movie shoot.”  That was exactly what was in my mind when I visited the Air Zoo museum … Continue reading

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Chino Backlot

The Planes of Fame museum at Chino is a fantastic place to visit for any aviation enthusiast.  Many hangars are open and they are filled with all sorts of interesting aircraft, restored either to static or flying condition.  However, they … Continue reading

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PJC-2, What Are You?

I went to Paine Field to get the Air Tahiti Nui 787 which I wrote about in this post.  As I walked up to Future of Flight, there was an unusual looking plane sitting at the hold running up the … Continue reading

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Another Preserved Loco

Preserved locomotives seem to appear in a lot of towns in Washington and Newhalem was no exception.  This old steam locomotive seemed to be particularly well preserved given the rugged location it lives in for a good chunk of the … Continue reading

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Eastern Front Veteran

The FHCAM IL-2 Shturmovik has been airworthy for a while but I have previously only seen it on the ground.  Skyfair was my first opportunity to see it flying so I was rather pleased.  This is a pretty rare type … Continue reading

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A-26 Invader Visitor

I have seen very few airborne A-26 Invaders in my life.  They have been in museums and have been on this blog but the last time I think I saw one active was at North Weald in the late 80s.  … Continue reading

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Dragon Rapide Before…

The first plane I ever flew in was a de Havilland Dragon Rapide.  It was at a small air show at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight when I was a small lad.  My Gran said I could have a … Continue reading

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Storch Delivery

The Fiesler Storch was a most unusual aircraft.  It was used for utility purposes and was able to drop in to the smallest of locations and get back out again.  Speed was not its thing but it was the one … Continue reading

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Spirited B-25 Pairing

The two B-25s that live on Paine Field are regular performers.  When they both went up at Skyfair, I have to admit that I was not so excited.  However, I was not anticipating a series of flypasts that were significantly … Continue reading

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Shiny Butcher Bird

The FHCAM FW-190 is one I have seen on the ground a few times but I have been thwarted with regard to it flying.  It was scheduled to fly at Skyfair so I was optimistic.  While waiting for the Skyhawk … Continue reading

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