Aerial shots of Camarillo

On Sunday, August 28, 2005, I had the opportunity to ride along in an Antonov AN-2 Colt. The AN-2 is the world's largest biplane. Not only did I get a chance to ride along, but I got a rare chance to actually fly the airplane for about 15 minutes. It's big and heavy, but otherwise a joy to fly.

This is the Antonov AN-2 Colt "Big Panda" (N2AN). This airplane is part of the Inland Empire Wing of the Commemorative Air Force based in Upland at Cable Airport.

Just after takeoff in the colt, looking back at the runway and back side of the airport. In the top photo on the right, the smaller field is used for ultralights. I once heard that Camarillo has some of the best weather in the country for ultralights.

Shots around Camarillo, including the view from the cockpit and me flying the AN-2. The controls felt a bit heavy, but pretty responsive for an airplane of it's size. The biplane design gives it a tremendous amount of lift.

These are shots coming back into Camarillo after the flight. You can see the aircraft lined up and staged for the show. The 2 large hangars in the last shot are the Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).

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