The Southern California
Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, based at the Camarillo Airport
hosted a Centennial of Naval Aviation event on Sunday December 4, 2011.
The program featured a presentations by author Bruce Gamble and by US
Navy Commander Mark "Mutha" Hubbard. Bruce Gamble has written several
books about the Pacific air battles of WWII. Commander Hubbard is based
at NAS Leemoore, California and commands several US Navy Squadrons. It
was a great contrast to hear about the US Navy of 60+ years ago and the
US Navy today. Following the presentations, there was a flight
demonstration by the F8F Bearcat and the A6M3 Zero with individual
passes and a formation pass. Hubbard flew the F8F and the Zero was
flown by Steve McCartney. After they landed, Commander Hubbard got into
the F-18F Super Hornet that he flew down from Leemore to return home.
It was a great day and a great event.
Nose view of the F-18F Super Hornet
The Zero and the Bearcat on the ramp, fueled up and ready to fly.
The SNJ on the ramp with the P-51 Mustang and Yak-3.
Rear view of the Yak-3 with the F8F Bearcat in the background.
Rear view of the SNJ with the F-18 in the background.
The A6M3 Zeke prepped to fly.
Rear view of the F8F Bearcat.
The F-18F Super Hornet from VFA-122
Mark "Mutha" Hubbard in the F8F Bearcat.
Mark poses for a photo op prior to his departure.
Mark talks with visitors about the Super Hornet.
Mark pre-flighting the F8F Bearcat
Mark Hubbard and Steve McCartney. Steve flew the Zero for the flight
One of the CAF members is a great artist. Here he is working on a
Bruce Gamble talking about the war in the Pacific.
The thanksabunch.org tribute Hummer with the F-18.
The Zero starting as the Bearcat warms up.
The F8F taxiing out to the runway.
Steve brings the A6M3 Zero for a pass.
The A6M3 Zeke on a smoke pass.
Mark giving us a great angle in the F8F.
The A6M3 Zero and the F8F Bearcat in a formation pass.
The A6M3 Zero and the F8F Bearcat
in a formation pass.
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