year, the Condor Squadron, based in Van Nuys, performs flyovers for
Memorial Day events around Southern California. This year, I rode along
with the Condors in a nine-ship formation to fly over 10 different
Memorial Day events. The Condors also fly over other events throughout
the year including Independence Day events and memorial services for
veterans. The flight lasted 2 and a half hours! Flying in a T-6 for
that long is not easy, flying in formation for that long is real
tricky, and my hat goes off to the pilots that flew this sortie. You
guys were great! Many thanks goes out to all of the pilots in the
flight, and to Ken Gottschall, the pilot of the photo ship.
T-6 Texans lined up on the tarmac
at Van Nuys.
Carter Clark, flight lead, and
Stu Mcafee roll out to the taxiway.
Formed up and heading to Newhall
for the first target of the day.
The view from the rear cockpit was
The weather at the beginning of the
flight was overcast and gray.
Stu Mcafee pulls up and out of the
formation for the missing man over Newhall.
The weather started to look better
in spots, but we still had some overcast until later.
Flying over the Rose Bowl.
Flying over the north side of
Near the Forest Lawn, Hollywood
Flying by the famous Hollywood sign
Crossing under the formation.
That's a lot of T-6s!
Turning near the Hollywood sign
Crossing over the Condor home base,
Smoke on for another Memorial Day
Carl Lang and Wilbur Owen on our wing at the trailing end of the
Sparky over Thousand Oaks.
Stu pulls away again for the
missing man while Rick Martin holds position.
Will Kalbermatter turns on the smoke. This is one of the T-6s with
Another shot of Will over one of
the catch basins in LA.
Over the Getty Center.
Will over Griffith Park.
Sparky on the wing.
Here is an idea of my vantage point
in the cockpit, heading back to Van Nuys.
Debriefing at the squadron after
Some of the aircraft safely back on the ground.
Ken Gottschall, pilot of the photo
ship. Thanks Ken!!!
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