The annual Santa
Barbara Veteran's Day Parade was on November 12, 2016. As
part of the festivities to honor our veterans, a flyover was
done by 18 aircraft. The flight consisted of three elements.
Alpha Flight was led by the CAF SoCal Wing's PBJ Mitchell.
Bravo Filght was led by the B-25 "Executive Sweet", based at
Camarillo Airport. Charlie flight was led by a C-47 Skytrain
"Betsy's Biscuit Bomber" based at Paso Robles. All of the
pilots volunteered their time and the fuel to give a strong
showing of support for our nations veterans. I was in the
back seat of Ron Alldredge's T-34 in Alpha Flight to capture
the flight from our perspective. Thanks goes out to Michael
"Viper" Maloco for organizing the event and getting
everything coordinated. A HUGE thanks goes out to our
veterans and current military members. This was for all of
Viper on the join up with the CAF SoCal
Wing's PBJ Mitchell
Looking down on the PBJ during the join up.
Another angle of the PBJ.
Alpha flight during the join up. The last two aircraft were
coming up from behind.
Michael Hohls flying the PBJ leads through the turn for the
second pass with Michael Maloco in the T-34 Mentor on his
Alpha flight coming off target for the third pass over the
Alpha flight over the Santa Barbara marina.
Bravo and Charlie flights.
Tyler Trickey over the Pacific.
Nanchangs with a Yak-52.
Marc Russell and Mike Reirdon in the T-34 Mentors.
Tom Mitchell in his T-34 Mentor.
Mike Reirdon in his T-34 Mentor
It doesn't get much better than this for a tight formation over
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