Camarillo Air Show Aug 18-19, 2012
The annual airshow in Camarillo, California was from August 18-19, 2012. The 325th Fighter Group "Checkertails" held their reunion, in conjunction with additional American pilots from World War II.Me-262 pilot Jorg Czypionka joined Colin for the book signing, and meeting these fighter, bomber and recon pilots was a great experience.
Thanks to Norm Hall, the video of the 325th Checkertail Clan at the airshow and reunion is now posted below.
For those of you who were part of the volunteers, guests, friends in distant places, or aviation enthusiasts or friends who I thought might be interested in what we do here in our air show in Camarillo. This was produced by members of the 325 fighter group, known as the Checkertails on one of their last reunions which our show sponsored this past August. This concentrates on this group of aviators who flew in WWII in the Mediterranean Theater and flew the famous Ploesti raids on the fuel industrial complex in which we lost so many of our gallant flyers. There are only 9 remaining members of which we had 8 at our show. This is only one part of our show which had 80 aircraft and fours hours of non stop flying. At the end of our show we have about 30 aircraft flying at one time, mostly WWII fighters, bombers and other associated aircraft. Quite spectacular if I do say so my self.
You will notice three distinct aircraft the Curtis P-40 Warhawk, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and the famous North American P-51 Mustang, flying together. This group flew all of these planes, and because the P-47 is so rare it is a special occasion to have all three together at one time for the 325th. For those who are unfamiliar with the Aircraft the P-47 is the big fat one with the white circle around the nose. There are only 4-5 left in the whole world flying. If you don't know the difference between the P-40 and the P-51 I will let you go back to school and do some research on U.S. History of "the day". Hint, the P-40 was our first fighter used in WWII, and the computer is the easy way to see and learn the difference.
Play both of the video clips as there is some good footage to be seen. In the first clip, after the arrival at the airport and the group walking in you will see one of the gentlemen standing with a lady. He is wearing the yellow Checkertail hat. His name is Arthur C. Fiedler and is an Ace with over 8 air victories during the war. For those of you unfamiliar with the Ace designation it is a pilot who shoots down 5 or more enemy aircraft. This does not seem like much but it is very, very hard to accomplish and takes much skill and luck to do so; ie the right place at the right time. Also one must avoid being shot down himself. Arthur lives just a couple miles away in Oxnard Shores and I am proud to have him as my friend these past 20 years.
If you want to see more photos go top Wings Over Camarillo.com and you should find quite a few more and maybe even some video of the show its self. I hope you enjoy these videos of members of "The Greatest Generation".
We wish to thank all concerned, including Norm and Judy Hall, Lt. Col. Robert Schmidt, Art Fiedler, Barrie Davis, Joe Peterburs and his granddaughter Sabrina, Art Fiedler, as well as Adam, Bob and Erica Makos and the crew at Valor Studios.
The Point of Contact is Norm Hall at 805-377-0650
The website is: http://www.wingsovercamarillo.com
Above and below: The Fw-190A8 post war built model that flew at the airshow.
Above and below: Colin with the Fw-190.
Below: The P-38 Lightning
Below: Cols. Joe Peterburs, Art Fiedler, and Barrie Davis
Above: Barrie Davis joining the signatories in the Me-262 Stormbird book.
Above and below: The P-51D in RAF wartime markings
Left to right: Norm Hall, Joe Peterburs, Sabrina, and LTC Robert Schmidt
Above: Col. Joe Peterburs and Lt. Jorg Czypionka
Below: Barrie Davis and Jorg Czypionka
Above: Sabrina, Erica and Joe Peterburs
Above: Art Fielder and Jorg Czypionka
Above: Jorg Czypionka with fans at the book signing
Below: The first fighter flown by the 325th FG, the P-40 Warhawk in 325th colors
325th Fighter Group Patch
Below: Shots of the F4U Corsair
Me-109 with interviews
B-17 Aluminum Overcast
B-17 Final Flight Pilot