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Santa Barbara hosted the annual Veterans Day parade on November 11, 2012. This year, I was in the mass formation to capture the event. Before the mass formation, 2 Hueys flew over the parade route first. The next flyovers were by a P-51 Mustang and an F6F Hellcat. I was in the #2 airplane of a 15 aircraft formation. The first element of the formation were three T-34 Mentors and a Nanchang CJ-6A. Behind that were a B-25 Mitchell with five Yakovlev Yak-52s. The last element was a C-47 Skytrain with four Nanchang CJ-6As. Thanks to Michael Maloco and Werner Holdereid for getting the aircraft and formations together. 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 and making it happen.

Yak-52 group arriving from San Diego
Yakovlev Yak-52s arriving at Camarillo for briefing. This group is the Red Eagles.

Red Eagles taking off from Camarillo
Red Eagles taking off from Camarillo.

Michael Maloco in the T-34 Mentor
Michael Maloco and Werner Holdereid leading the formation..

Marc Russell in his T-34 and Ron Lee in his Nanchang
            CJ-6A.
Marc Russell in his T-34 Mentor and Ron Lee in his Nanchang CJ-6A.

B-25 with 5 Yak-52s
B-25 Mitchell "Executive Sweet" with the Red Eagle Yak-52s.

C-47 with four Nanchang CJ-6As
C-47 Skytrain "Betsy's Biscuit Bomber" with four Nanchang CJ-6As from Tiger Squadron.

Marc Russell in his T-34 Mentor and Ron Lee in his
            Nanchang CJ-6A
Marc Russell in his T-34 Mentor and Ron Lee in his Nanchang CJ-6A.

Element 2 and 3 of the 15 ship formation
Looking over my left shoulder, I saw flight elements 2 and 3. What a sight!

Element 2 and three of the 15 ship formation.

Ron Lee in his Nanchang CJ-6A.
Ron Lee in his Nanchang CJ-6A.

Ron Lee in his Nanchang CJ-6A.
Ron Lee in his Nanchang CJ-6A.

In trail in the T-34 with Ron Alldredge.
The view from #2 in trail with Ron Alldredge.

Element one of the 15 ship formation
The lead element of the formation from #2.

Marc Russell pulls for the missing man
Marc Russell pulling for the missing man formation.

Marc Russell in his T-34 over the Pacific.
Marc Russell in his T-34 over the Pacific.

Ron Lee in his Nanchang CJ-6A and Marc Russell in
            his T-34 Mentor.
Ron Lee in his Nanchang CJ-6A and Marc Russell in his T-34 Mentor.

Michael Maloco leading us home.
Michael Maloco leading us home.

Below is video captured from my helmet cam. It's best viewed in HD (720) at full screen to see all the aircraft in the distant shots.



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