November 9, 2013
Veteran's Day Marathon and USS Iowa Flyovers


Every year, Santa Barbara hosts the Veteran's Day Marathon. We took off from Camarillo early to fly over the start of the marathon. We landed at Santa Barbara for breakfast and to wait to fly over the finish. I flew up with Marc Russell. The morning clouds made a challenge for the crews, but the guys all handled it like pros. At breakfast, I switched my return flight plans to fly with Ron Alldredge to capture the 4 ship formation flying over the USS Iowa for their Veteran's Day festivities. For the flight to Santa Barbara, we had a 6 ship formation with four T-34 Mentors and two Nanchang CJ-6As led my Michael "Viper" Maloco. For the Iowa flyover, Ron "Little Wood" Lee led the flight with two T-34s and two Nanchang CJ-6As.

Six ship formation on the runway at Camarillo
Six ship formation on the runway, ready for takeoff from Camarillo.

Gil Lipaz in the Nanchang CJ-6A over the clouds
Gil Lipaz and his father over the clouds on the way up to Santa Barbara.

In the T-34 over the clouds
Turning over the clouds near Santa Barbara. This gives you and idea of how difficult formation flying can be. With the sun in your eyes, you need to make sure you keep track of the other aircraft in the formation.

Ron Lee in his Nanchang CJ-6A over the Pacific
Ron Lee with Betsy over the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara.

Terry Norbraten in the T-34
Terry Norbraten in the T-34 Mentor over Santa Barbara.

Ron Alldredge in the T-34 Mentor
Ron Alldredge in his T-34 Mentor over the Pacific.

Gil Lipaz over the ocean in the Nanchang CJ-6A
Gil Lipaz and his father over the Pacific in their Nanchang CJ-6A.

Gil Lipaz and Ron Lee in their Nanchang CJ-6As
Gil Lipaz and Ron Lee in their Nanchang CJ-6As.

On final approach into Santa Barbara Airport
The three ships of the first flight element on final approach into Santa Barbara.

With Ron Alldredge on a formation cross under
With Ron Alldredge on a formation cross under after takeoff from Santa Barbara for the marathon finish flyovers then toward the USS Iowa.

Marc Russell in his T-34 Mentor.
Marc Russell in his T-34 Mentor.

Terry Norbraten in the T-34 Mentor.
Terry Norbraten in the T-34 Mentor.

Ron Lee in his Nanchang CJ-6A leading Terry
            Norbraten, Gil Lipaz and Ron Alldredge.
Ron Lee in his Nanchang CJ-6A leading Terry Norbraten, Gil Lipaz and Ron Alldredge.

Terry Nobraten in the T-34 Mentor along the coast.
Terry Nobraten in the T-34 Mentor along the coast.

Ron Lee and Gil Lipaz in their Nanchang CJ-6As.
Ron Lee and Gil Lipaz in their Nanchang CJ-6As.

Four ship formation over the port of Los Angeles.
Four ship formation over the port of Los Angeles.

Gil Lipaz with the smoke on for the missing man
            formatiion over the Iowa.
Gil Lipaz with the smoke on for the missing man formatiion over the Iowa.

Terry Norbraten over downtown Los Angeles.
Terry Norbraten over downtown Los Angeles.

Gil Lipaz flying past the Hollywood sign.
Gil Lipaz flying past the Hollywood sign.

Formation break over Camarillo Airport.
Formation break over Camarillo Airport.


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