November 4, 2012
Stearman Photo Shoot


Back in 2008, I first met Chris Kenefick and Cliff Parkhill while doing a little flying and photography out of Santa Paula. It was a fun day. In late October of 2012, Chris contacted me to got flying and get some more photos. I met Chris out at Santa Paula airport and helped him push the airplane out and run it up while we waited for Cliff to arrive. I first flew with Cliff in his Stearman on a flight to Santa Ynez for lunch. I flew back to Santa Paula with Chris to photograph Cliff. The weather was hot, but otherwise fantastic for flying. Both Stearmans were built in 1941.

Cliff Parkhill
Cliff Parkhill as seen through the rear-view mirror on the Stearman upper wing.

Chris Kenefick in his Stearman
Chris in his Stearman over the Pacific

Chris Kenefick in his Stearman

Chris Kenefick in his Stearman

Chris Kenefick in his Stearman

Chris Kenefick in his Stearman

Chris Kenefick in his Stearman

Chris Kenefick in his Stearman

Chris Kenefick in his Stearman

Chris Kenefick in his Stearman

Santa Ynez airport
Cliff and Chris topping off their fuel at Santa Ynez airport.

Chris Kenefick
Chris Kenefick as seen in the rear view mirror of his Stearman.

Cliff Parkhill in his Stearman
Cliff Parkhill in his Stearman.

Cliff Parkhill in his Stearman

Cliff Parkhill in his Stearman

Cliff Parkhill in his Stearman

Cliff Parkhill in his Stearman

Cliff Parkhill in his Stearman as seen from Chris's
            front cockpit
Looking back at Chris from the front cockpit with Cliff just behind us.

Cliff Parkhill and Chris Kenefick with the memorial
            flag.
Chris and Cliff holding the memorial flag, which has gone with me on every flight since September 2011 to honor all of our fallen warriors. Cliff is a veteran of the US Navy, and Chris is currently serving in the US Navy. The flag flew in both airplanes.

Here is some video taken with the helmet cam of Cliff on the return flight.



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