Warbirds in Attendance
The MiG-17 was designed to be controllable at higher Mach numbers. Early versions which retained the original Soviet copy of the Rolls-Royce Nene VK-1 engine were heavier with equal thrust. Later MiG-17s would be the first Soviet fighter application of an afterburner which offered increased thrust on demand by dumping fuel in the exhaust of the basic engine. Though the MiG-17 still strongly resembles its forebear, it had an entirely new thinner and more highly swept wing and tailplane for speeds approaching Mach 1.
The North American F-86 Sabre was designed in the 1940’s as a subsonic fighter aircraft. The Sabre entered service with the United States Air Force in 1949. The F-86 saw action and became the primary U.S. air combat fighter in the Korean War. Various models were produced in day fighter, fighter-bomber, and all-weather interceptor configurations with a variety of armaments. U.S. production of the Sabre ended in December, 1956.
The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is an American single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), United States Navy, Royal Air Force, and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s. Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. It remains a popular warbird aircraft used for airshow demonstrations and static displays.
TBM Avenger Bu. No. 85828 was received by the Navy on 17 March 1945. From March 1945 until September 1945 it served with Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 234 (VMTB-234). This was one of the squadrons aboard CVE carriers at the end of the war. VMTB-234 served on the USS Vella Gulf during the Okinawa campaign. After the war it served with VMTB-622 during October 1945 and then with VMTB-623 during November 1945. These two squadrons were also part of the CVE program but never did become fully operational as the Marine Corps got out of the torpedo bombing business at the end of the war. All of the CVE squadrons were based at MCAS Santa Barbara, California.
John Shuttleworth dives and strafes the runway showing the devastating force of the Douglas Skyraider.
This is your opportunity to fly the greatest trainer…the “Pilot Maker”.
The AT6 Texan trained our pilots to fly fighters during WWII. It was the advanced instrument trainer in the 1950s and was used by foreign countries into the 1990s. If you are a licensed pilot, stick time can be arranged. If you want to experience the performance envelope, special flights are available.
15 minute ride $250 30 minute ride $415
If you have a special request or would like a custom experience, please contact Erin at (260) 450-7350.