Every year in June in Camarillo, an aviation society called the Quiet
Birdmen have their annual barbecue and airshow. The ranch where the
barbecue is held does not have an airstrip, so all of the aircraft are
staged out of Camarillo airport. This is a wonderful opportunity to see
some unique and rare warbirds. Not only are the sitting static until
the flight operations begin, but they taxi, takeoff and depending on
where the are based, land again at Camarillo. Each year, a different
mixture and lineup of aircraft are there for the show. It is always
interesting and exciting to see what will be on-hand when I arrive at
the CAF hangars. This was my fourth year going to the staging event,
but my first year with the Nikon. A couple of nice surprises showed up
this year that made everyone excited. The Douglas SB2C Helldiver is a
rare treat. It is currently the only Helldiver flying and it is based
in Texas, so it is not normally seen in California. Clay Lacy brought
out his beautiful DC-3 airliner "Mainliner O'Connor". A 1944 A-26
Invader based at Van Nuys also showed up and was really something to
see. There were also a number of aerobatic aircraft in addition to the
warbirds. Some of the aircraft on this page did not perform at the
show, but were arriving or departing Camarillo during the flight ops.
Enjoy the pictures!
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