Trip Report — Planes of Fame Airshow, May 2017

Last year, I traveled to California for a work related project and I was fortunate to attend the Planes of Fame Airshow. This airshow had been on my list to attend and I was finally able to make that happen. The weekend was a cold one for this Florida boy but I came prepared. I even bought a “Sunrise Pass” to get in early. Walking the flightline at 6 am before the sun came up was a sight to behold.

Here are a few pictures from that weekend. I wish I was there this upcoming weekend to see 4 P-38’s and 2 P-47’s fly but I can wish for next year.

Trip Report — USS Yorktown, October 2017

My wife, son and I took a road trip to North Carolina and made a side trip to visit Patriot’s Point in Charleston, South Carolina. Before we got there, we had lunch at an awesome restaurant that deserves a shout out. Place is called the Glass Onion and is highly recommended.

At the Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum, you can self tour the USS Yorktown (CV-10) an Essex Class Carrier, the USS Laffey (DD-724) which is the most decorated World War II era US Destroyer still in existence and the USS Clagamore (SS-343) a Guppy III class submarine. Plan a whole day to be able to tour everything and be ready for some walking. On the Yorktown, you will find aircraft ranging from the WW2 through current.

The ships, aircraft and displays are amazing and informative. Cant wait to go back one day.

Here are some photos of the aircraft found onboard.

Trip Report – CPL Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum, Orlando, Nov 2017

Located on the Southeast side of Orlando, is the CPL Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum, which honors the men and women that served in the Vietnam War. This was our first visit to the museum and there are a number of displays of land, air and water vehicles to see.

The museum is opne on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5PM. Suggest calling for visiting. For more details, please visit their website:

There is a cockpit section from a C-7A Caribou, SN 61-02389. This aircraft is an actual Air America veteran, having flown in Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It is officially documented at the very last Air America aircraft to leave Laos in 1974 according to online references.

There is a US Navy Beech T-34C Turbo Mentor, SN GL-179 on site.

The ever popular Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter.

There is a US Navy Douglas A-4B Skyhawk, BuNo 142741.

And here are some photos of the land and water crafts.

Trip report — Deland Naval Air Station Museum, Nov 2017

Made a stop by the Deland Naval Air Station Museum to visit the work going on there. They are working to restore a TBF Avenger and a TV2 / T-33 Shooting Star, with displays of a F-14 and other Navy artifacts both inside and outside the museum. Great place to visit for a few hours, with awesome tour guides.

My visit was prior to the museum setting up a new building in front of the hangar.


Pancakes and Warbirds at American Aero Services on 28 April

American Aero Services will be hosting a Pancake Fly-In/Drive breakfast to benefit the Southeast Volusia Humane Society. Pancakes, eggs, assorted baked goods and beverages. Starts at 8am and runs to 11 am.

Your small donation will go a long way in helping the animals at the Southeast Volusia Humane Society. All proceeds from food sales will benefit SEVHS. Dogs and cats will be there looking for the forever homes. WWII aircraft and military vehicles will be on display