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06-02-2007, 01:21 PM
Here's the scoop from our little local airshow, in a small town on Vancouver Island.

The vintage cars start to arrive, that's a Morgan behind the Rolls.

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The night before, this fine looking craft was being washed. It's from 1947, type unknown to me. Behind it a Harvard molders quietly.

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This fine 4-seater Yak-18 taxis to the static park area. There's a big bear on the tail.

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A trio of Harvards arrive in formation, this is "Pussycat 2"

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The day was a bit cold with a low ceiling. Here's the main area with thousands of people.

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A 2-seater Yak-18. That's a Geoduck on the tail, from the previous owner.

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The other Yak-18. Lots of red stars at this show.

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This nifty Stearman is often seen puttering along the coastline.

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Here's the second Harvard, T6 or SNJ to the Yanks. It's painted up like the old Red Knights display team from the 50's.

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Another view of "Pussycat 2".

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I spotted this taxiing in, the tan coloured plane is a rare Cessna 190, a radial engined "touring" plane of the 30's.

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A very clean OH-1.

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Another OH-1, this time a turboprop version bought from the Italian Air Force. This thing will land on a tennis court!!

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The local SAR guys arrived in this HUGE Cormorant. Three engines and lots of speed, but they chew through spare parts like they are going out of style. A big THANK YOU to the Lib government of the 90's!!

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Precision flying team the "Frasier Blues" wow the crowd in some fairly tame aerobatics. With a low ceiling, what else can you do??

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Here's all four, one is painted up like a Snowbird. This one links to the biggest size.

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A SAR Buffalo does a STOL landing in a few hundred yards.

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This is more like it. A minty-fresh T-28 Trojan. Not even a bent cooling fin.

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Fire it up!! The owner says it costs 200$ in gas and oil just to fire it up and get to the end of the runway, and 50 gallons an hour in the air. He flew this 3 times today....

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The Trojan taxis in.

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Thanks for looking! As an extra bonus here's a quick visit to the Y2K Spitfire hangar. Shown is a pic of Spitfire ace "Stocky" Edwards in his PERSONAL Fw-190, flown near the end of the war. His initials are painted on it!!! If I meet him I'll ask him what it was like to fly. The Spitfire has just had its horizontal stabiliser installed, but the light was too poor for pics.

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This Argus has just been moved back into the static park at Comox after a re-painting. This impressive maritime patrol plane was based on the Bristol Brittania.

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Front view.

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As I shot, a pair of CF-18's broke and joined the landing pattern.

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This old CF-104 was having split garden hose applied to the wing leading edges, which are razor-sharp.

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That's it for now.

06-02-2007, 03:45 PM

06-02-2007, 04:20 PM
The EH101 is a very very capable machine............ as for the Morgan, please don't mention those in here as James Dietz will go all gooey eyed..

06-02-2007, 04:33 PM
Nice Pics Magpie...

was at the open house as well...great time, eh?

06-02-2007, 04:47 PM
Great pics, looks like a great day.

The EH 101's a very nice looking machine. I see alot of them around where I live and they're handsome as can be and big as a truck. I didn't know it was hard on parts, a bit like the Lynx in that regard I guess. Nevertheless, I was chuffed to bits when it was selected to be Marine One in its US 101 format.

06-02-2007, 04:55 PM
I MISSED the open house, dagnabit.

As for the EH101, it would sure look good in a hover above me if I was stranded or something, and it is sure a heck of a lot better than those clattering deathtrap Labradors.


I will never forgive Chretien for bolloxing up the contract. 500 million dollars without ONE helo being bought.

06-02-2007, 07:38 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Nice pics. Watched a smiling British Columbian today walking backwards pulling his airplane out of the hanger and thought "when the sun comes out in B.C. ...."

06-02-2007, 08:18 PM
Nice Pics Enjoyed them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

06-03-2007, 05:23 AM
Excellent photo's... Thank's for sharing!