El Centro 2017 Airshow

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El Centro 2017 Airshow

Thu 30 Mar 2017, 7:10 pm

First Airshow of the season and some SW USA sun and warmth. A selection which I hope is enjoyable-

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Grumman C2 Greyhound The Providers used as the jump plane for one parachute display
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Planes of Fame Lockheed T33 Shooting Star
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and with a Mig 15
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Planes of Fame P-51 Mustang Bunny and A6M Zero
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CAF F8F Bearcat and F6F Hellcat
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Missouri ANG C-130H
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Lockheed P-3C Orion VP-30 departing sunday
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Consolidated PB4Y Privateer departing sunday morning-wanted to catch this flying for several years.
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CH-53E Super Stallion HMH-462 Heavy Haulers sunday departure
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Bell AH-1Z Super Cobra of HMLA-469 Vengeance and Bell UH-1Y of same squadron
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Stunning CAG MH-60R Seahawk of HSM-49 Scorpions departing sunday morning
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On static E-2C Hawkeye 2000 of VAW-116 Sun Kings
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US Coastguard MH-60T Jayhawk in 2016 Centennial colours departing sunday
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The Blue Angels-the heat haze was a problem but hey ho-
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Thanks for looking and hope you enjoyed.

Re: El Centro 2017 Airshow

Thu 30 Mar 2017, 8:17 pm

Very nice i really want to do a US show someday, love the Blue Angels topsides especially. :clap: :clap:

Re: El Centro 2017 Airshow

Fri 31 Mar 2017, 5:44 am

Nice selection, I really do like El Centro Airshow it's great. It's also a superb spotter base on non show days - during the winter it serves as the Blue Angels training camp and many units deploy there for winter training in the desert, including the British.

I've seen Lemoore and Oceana Super Bugs, Canadian Bugs, Goshawks, USMC Stallions - Huey -Cobra - Bugs, RAF Chinook and AAC Apache.

Then 2 miles down the road is Imperial Airport that has a hot refuel contract with the USMC for Yuma and Miramar assets (Osprey, Stallion, Cobra, Huey).

It's brilliant, next years show also has Tucson Airshow the following weekend at DM so a road trip from LA to Phoenix with the shows and a bit of spotting/museums (Yuma, Luke, Williams, Tucson, DM, Boneyard, Gila Bend, Pima, March, Chino, Palm Springs) in between!

Andy

Re: El Centro 2017 Airshow

Fri 31 Mar 2017, 10:01 am

An excellent set and yet another show to add to the "Bucket List". Too many shows and not enough time...

Re: El Centro 2017 Airshow

Sat 01 Apr 2017, 6:04 pm

Outstanding post

Re: El Centro 2017 Airshow

Sun 02 Apr 2017, 2:21 pm

Andy

Thanks for the comments and I would confirm your view that SW USA is an aircraft enthusiasts goldmine. On my trip In 12 days managed 2 air shows (and could have managed 3 easily), 2 days at Red Flag and 2 days at Rainbow Canyon.

I have been to the DM show once and a great show but facing into the sun virtually all day hence photos are difficult but outside is possible.

Re: El Centro 2017 Airshow

Sun 02 Apr 2017, 5:24 pm

Can nip into Chino and Yanks museum, Palm springs and Mesa as well along I10.
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