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Tom Cleaver
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How I spent my Saturday

November 10, 2019 · in Photo Collections · · 7 · 1.8K

For the last five years, since we moved to Encino, these guys come right overhead on right-turn departure from One-Six-Right over at VNY, which is about a 10 minute drive from my house. So I finally decided I ought to do a feature article on , the oldest warbird flying club in Southern California (founded 1962). When I said I was doing it for Aeroplane Magazine, they said "come on over!" So I did.

A perfect day in Southern California. Mid 80s, severe CAVU, and the sun was just right. These are a sample of the trip down Malibu Canyon, then along the coast over Malibu, out to Santa Barbara, then a return along the 101 back to the San Fernando Valley.

A great day and an automatic camera - all I did was compose and shoot. I think the Editor is going to like this article.

These are medium-resolution images. I'm not putting the hi-rez up to be stolen (not by any of you, but A2A photos are some of the most stolen on the internet).

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7 responses

  1. Totally jealous Tom

  2. Tom, to me ... and I suspect to you, this was a perfect day. My own favourite poem is John Gillespie Magee "High Flight." It says everything I like about flying (flight lessons) I was fortunate enough to take before running out of money.) I hope you don't mind, but I live (to fly) vicariously through you and others who fly frequently! I have a LOT of air miles, but the majority were flown in various airliners ... about as exciting as riding in a fast bus. (However, I don't count my rides in DC3s & former C-47s as airliner "bus rides!" 1956 was my first airplane ride and the Lake Central Airlines DC3 I was in was in regular service.)

    I really appreciate your stories and the history you always write about in all of your build reviews. Keep 'em coming, please! @tcinla

  3. Thanks for the awesome pictures. I got a chance to ride in a T-6 and a Stearman when I was stationed in Oklahoma with the Air Force. Both were very cool.

  4. Thank you for posting Tom. There's a dream come true for me one day. ?

  5. I'm turnin' green (envy - not air-sickness...)!

  6. Totally jealous Tom, I agree with George!

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