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mllaneza
08-06-2004, 05:48 PM
Just a few minutes ago (about 4pm PST) what looked like a pair of LA-5s flew over downtown SF in close formation. They definitely had red stars on the wings and definitely had rotary engines. The engine looked a little sleeker than an La-5, but it's the closest match I could think of.

Anybody know what was actually overhead today ? I'd love a link for warbirds in the Bay Area - Google isn't giving me any joy.

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mllaneza
08-06-2004, 05:48 PM
Just a few minutes ago (about 4pm PST) what looked like a pair of LA-5s flew over downtown SF in close formation. They definitely had red stars on the wings and definitely had rotary engines. The engine looked a little sleeker than an La-5, but it's the closest match I could think of.

Anybody know what was actually overhead today ? I'd love a link for warbirds in the Bay Area - Google isn't giving me any joy.

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faustnik
08-06-2004, 05:56 PM
I'm headed outside to look now!

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TX-EcoDragon
08-06-2004, 06:37 PM
Could they have been yak 11's, yak 52s, or Yak 54/55s? The Yak 11 would look most like an LA. Down at Livermore Municipal (LVK) we have RedStar aviation which sells such aircraft, and over here at Attitude Aviation we've got the instructors who do the check flights and transition training and they often head ot the bay area for that work. Also, In the Attitude Avitation hangar we have a Yak 55 and some other goodies. Attitude also does formation training. So there are certainly many around the area, even excluding what is going on at LVK. Eddie Andreini has his Yak 9Um at Half moon bay.

Here is a photo page from Attitude, at least 5 different yaks types on the page.

http://www.attitudeaviation.com/LatestNews.htm

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Zyzbot
08-06-2004, 06:42 PM
Check this link...did it look like these?

http://www.dorotheen.de/fly/yak.htm

FI WILLIE
08-06-2004, 06:52 PM
It would be nice to see some La's in flight. I'm unaware of any flyable in the US.

I've found a pic of an La-9 that flies at the Duxford show but have yet to see or hear about any here in the US. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

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Treetop64
08-06-2004, 08:29 PM
There have been quite a few warbirds flying around the Bay area for weeks now. A few weeks ago there was a B-17 with chin turret flying up and down the 680, just east of San Fran. This guy was obviously making himself conspicuous, repeatedly flying up and the the 680 at low altitude as if he's the traffic watch (~ 1000 feet and lower at times!), and in the hilly area of San Ramon one could just about jump and touch the ball turret! It was quite spectacular! The B-17 is a beautiful piece of engineering to behold and listen to, particularly under such surprising and unexpected circumstances.

Just a few days after that I saw a B-25 Liberator escorted by two fighters (couldn't ID) flying through the same area.

Also, just today (8-6-2004) I saw what I believe was an F-6F Hellcat. Unfortunately the pilot did not fly an impromptu airshow like the B-17 pilot.

It seems that it is becoming somewhat of a common occurance to witness warbirds flying through this area. God I love it here!!!

MK2aw
08-06-2004, 08:33 PM
Wow ...OK....can someone point out what museum they are flying out of? I might be in LA in September and would like to take a look.

Alex

Treetop64
08-06-2004, 09:12 PM
There are tons, tons of airports in the Bay area, including a handful of military fields. It is likely they may be flying out of one of these instead of a museum. I'd like to know myself, as I would love to get up close and personal with one of them - possibly even get to fly in one of them. How sick would that be?!

ddsflyer
08-06-2004, 11:51 PM
MK2aw, come on down.

The best warbird collection west of the Mississippi is at Chino airport 25 miles east of downtown L.A. There are actually 2 museums, both with all flyable aircraft; the Planes of Fame Museum amd The Yankee Airforce Museum. How do I know this, you ask? My own plane is hangared at Chino. Every year usually in May, they dust off the planes and fly them. They have such unusual A/C as the only flyable A6M Zero extant, a P-51A, F7F Tigercat, and Northrop's prototype flying wing. I'm usually out there every weekend tinkering and am always treated to the sound of Merlins in the morning. There are probably at least 10 Mustangs there.

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Treetop64
08-07-2004, 12:42 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ddsflyer:
MK2aw, come on down.

How do I know this, you ask? My own plane is hangared at Chino.

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ddsflyer
08-07-2004, 05:46 PM
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PBNA-Boosher
08-07-2004, 06:09 PM
haven't you heard? Some doctor found a way to make a time machine, and now they're bringing back tons of WW2 planes!

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TX-EcoDragon
08-08-2004, 04:04 AM
There are also 3 P-51s many many many T-6 Texans and T-28s (both of which can also be found in the hangar at Attitude) a Hellcat is based there. . . sheehs. . there are lots of neat planes going in and out of LVk. Hangar space is limited right now, and LVK has some big hangars at reasonable rates, so many of the aircraft's owners live in the bay area.

Camarillo Municipal (CMA) also has a very nice collection in the CAF wing that is based there. For the past few years they had the Zero. . .not sure if it has since gone to Chino, but in any case, CMA, Santa Monica Municipal, and Chino are all great when in Southern California. Going to CMA on a weekend assures you of seeing some cool WWII stuff flying, not jsut on the ground. . . same with LVK.

If you are in Northern California I suggest Livermore (LVK), and while you are there take a flight in one of the Grobs, Citabria, Super Decathlon, WACO YPF5C, J-3 Cub, Pitts S-2C, or Extra or even the L-39 Jet. . .now that would be a fun weekend!
From the 680 take the 580 towards stockton. . . get off at airway blvd, take a right and you cant really miss the place.


Oh, and take a look here for pics of a Yak 11 that you may see over the skies of northern Cali. From the ground this might look sorta LA-ish

http://www.txsquadron.com/topic.asp?ARCHIVE=&TOPIC_ID=852


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Treetop64
08-08-2004, 11:52 AM
Superb photos, TX-EcoDragon!

HerrGraf
08-08-2004, 10:02 PM
Having lived in NorCal for 30 plus years, and in SoCal for 20 years, I am quite familiar with all the above airfields. If you want an interesting visit to an airfield where you can get close-up and personal with military aircraft,then might I suggest you give the March Air Force Base Museum a visit. It is located in San Bernadino, Calif., right next to the I15 Fwy. (This was March Airfield for all you history fans and goes back to 1919!)
Nice but small museum and lots of planes out back to walk around (touching distance).