Santa Barbara hosted
a Veterans Day marathon and half marathon on November 10,
2012. Three T-34 Mentors, flown by Michael Maloco, Ron
Alldredge and Marc Russell flew over the starting line at the
beginning of the marathon. After the flyovers, we landed for
breakfast in Santa Barbara and to wait to fly over the finish
of the marathon. It was an early morning for everyone
involved. We met at Camarillo Airport at 6:00 AM for the
briefing and took off at 6:45. It was cold and a bit bumpy
during the flight, but everyone did a great job keeping the
formation looking sharp. Thanks to Hazel and John Blankenship
and the Pierre Claeyssen Foundation, Maurine Mc Fadden, Jon
Parra, Jose Ramirez, Charles Huff, and all of the staff and
organizers for putting this all together.
Three of the 4 T-34s that were slated to
fly at the CAF hangar in Camarillo at 5:45 AM. One aircraft
had a minor
mechanical problem and did not fly.
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