Hey IFC! So in Spring of 2019 (May), the Collings Foundation sent over aircraft to Lyon Air Museum at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, CA. This is a yearly occasion, but it didn’t happen this year due to Coronavirus. I thought I’d be interesting to share because not many people have the opportunity to fly on a Warbird! The flight lasted about 30 minutes and we flew over to the Queen Mary in Long Beach and the back over to the airport along the coast. So here are the photos with further information:
Our plane we’ll be flying, the B-24, sitting on the ramp outside of Lyon Air Museum (West side of KSNA) with the B-17 taking off banking right (this is sadly the one that was lost in the crash last year)
Walking out to board the plane
Inside the B-24 near the rear of the aircraft where I’ll be sitting. There were quite a few of us on this flight.
Taking off flying towards Long Beach
As we flew towards the Queen Mary, there were pods of dolphins swimming along the coast (too bad you can’t see them in this picture)
The Queen Mary docked at the Port of Long Beach! (Sorry for the bad quality)
As we fly back towards KSNA, there are multiple tankers from all over the world
The beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean
Just one of the many piers here in SoCal
And last but not least: Flying right downwind to Runway 20R at KSNA
There were a couple more photos I wish I could inlcude, but I’m not sure of the limit here in the #real-world-aviation:spotting category.
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Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think! Have you ever flown on a WWII Warbird?