Flight Line The Official Publication of the CAF Southern California Wing 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010 (805) 482-0064 Vol. XXVII No. 7 July 2007 Visit us online at www.orgsites.com/ca/caf-socal Photo by Eric Van Gilder www.vg-photo.com
Photo by Eric Van Gilder www.vg-photo.com
Our WWII Aerial Dogfight Team! The Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero piloted by Jason Somes and the Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat Minsi III piloted by Chris Rushing at a
recent air show. Wing Staff Meeting, Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. at the
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STAFF AND APPOINTED POSITIONS IN THIS ISSUE Wing Leader * Steve Barber (805) 484-9200 firstname.lastname@example.org Wing Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Executive Officer * Jason Somes (818) 292-4646 email@example.com Staff and Appointed Positions. . . . . . . . . . 2 Adjutant * Bob Albee (805) 583-4872 firstname.lastname@example.org Another Saturday at CMA . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Finance Officer * Casey de Bree (805) 389-9185 email@example.com A Silly Little Song . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Operations Officer * Gary Barber (805) 659-4319 firstname.lastname@example.org My Fatherss Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Maint Officer * Joe Peppito (805) 498-4187 email@example.com Remembering Shangri-La . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Safety Officer * Marc Russell (805) 955-9404 firstname.lastname@example.org Museum Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Facility Officer Bob Albee (805) 583-4872 email@example.com TLC from TSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Training Officer (vacant) Hangar Improvements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Public Info Officer Pat Brown (805) 479-2221 (no e-mail) CAF Confirms Airplane Accident . . . . . . . 6 Personnel Officer Norm Swagler (805) 482-6994 firstname.lastname@example.org Wing Photo Page I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Historian Ron Fleishman (805) 384-4426 email@example.com Farewell to Jim Basso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Collections Manager Jim Tierney (805) 522-7067 firstname.lastname@example.org Wing Photo Page II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Museum Director Sarah de Bree (805) 389-9185 email@example.com Ben Kuroki, Most Honorable Son . . . . . . .10 Gift Shop Manager Sarah de Bree (805) 389-9185 firstname.lastname@example.org Wing Photo Page III . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . 11 Webmaster Dave Flood (805) 987-7231 email@example.com The Air Show Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Air Show Officer Jason Somes (818) 292-4646 firstname.lastname@example.org Maintenance Officers report . . . . . . . . . . 12 Air Show Coord. Bill ONeill (805) 495-4915 email@example.com Chief Docent Charles Miller (805) 383-6998 firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter Editor Dave Flood (805) 987-7231 email@example.com Newsletter Production Casey de Bree (805) 389-9185 firstname.lastname@example.org Hangar Event Mgr Dick Burrer (805) 484-0704 email@example.com Grants & Fund Rais. Jason Vosburgh (805) 766-3880 firstname.lastname@example.org Submittal Deadline - 15th of the month HANGAR PHONE (805) 482-0064 Commemorative Air Force HANGAR FAX (805) 482-0348 Southern California Wing WEBSITE www.orgsites.com/ca/caf-socal 455 Aviation Drive Camarillo, CA 93010-9501 * Denotes Staff Position
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Another Saturday At CMA by Ken Barger The day started off with breakfast at Cronies - like all Saturdays do. We had a big crowd at the hangars because we were to have our monthly staff meeting. It was decided to postpone the meeting so everyone could try and get the Bearcat ready for the fly-over for Jim Bassos funeral. Some of you may know Jim, he is the man that was instrumental in bringing the Bearcat to the SO CAL wing. After breakfast, we drove to the hangers. It was a beautiful day. While a few last details were being worked out, David Baker began cleaning the windshield and canopy of the Bearcat. I think it was Gary that said "You don't have to do that now." David said, "I want the pilot to be able to see the flames come out of the engine compartment and over the canopy." HA! HA! The Bearcat was pulled out onto the ramp, with tail facing the taxi way. Gary jumped into the cockpit, but without a parachute or seat cushion he could barely see out of the windshield. He looked like a little kid in there Steve had taken the battery out of 290 for the start up. They have a new battery for the cat, but it had not been filled or charged up. After Gary checked out all the switches and gauges, he called out " clear " to make sure the people were all clear of the prop. He hit the start button, then the prime button. The engine turned over but nothing happened the engine did not start. What looked like a couple of gallons of fuel ran out and onto the ramp, but it was really only a pint or so. The minute the throttle was pulled back and the mixture placed in auto lean, the engine died. Meantime, the time for the fly over at the Ventura cemetery was fast approaching and it was apparent the big cat would not make it. Its too bad, as the Bearcat would have just right for the fly-over. What a bummer! So every thing was dropped, and they began to bring out the other toys the Zero and the Hellcat were towed out to the ramp and made ready for the fly-over. By this time Chris Rushing had arrived in his T-6. Chris's plane, along with Jason's T-6 made the line up for the fly-over. Jason would be flying the Zero, Gary would fly the Hellcat and Chris would fly his T-6 and Steve, last but not least, would be flying Jasons T-6. The gang took off a little after 2:00 p.m. and headed for the fly-over area - about a 20 minute flight. While they were gone, Ken Kramer and Ken Gottschall put their heads together and, along with some other heads, came up with the plan that maybe the idle control rod was not set up correctly for the Bearcat. So a change was made, along with a few other adjustments. Now all they had to do was wait for the gang to return from their flight. After a little while, the gang returned and entered the landing pattern. The T-6's entered first and made a safe landing. The Zero and the Hellcat were apparently directed to make a long down-wind approach. A Beechcraft Staggerwing was cleared before them. The
Staggerwing made what looked like a very rough landing and tried to make the bravo taxi way and apparently braked too hard and ended up on its nose. Well, that closed down the CMA field, and the Zero and the Bearcat diverted to Oxnard and landed while the CMA crew, including many pieces of fire equipment, cleaned up the mess. The owner of the Staggerwing was lucky he didn't have too much damage, but will still have to get a new prop and have the engine checked. Meanwhile, back to the ramp and the Bearcat. After Steve shut down Jason's T-6 he walked over to the Bearcat to see what had been done while he was gone and he jumped into the cockpit. He looked even smaller than Gary did .After he checked everything out he called "clear." Steve hit the start button, and, after a few revs, the engine started and ran without the primer. Everyone was very happy.
Photo by Dave Flood Finallythe Bearcat engine turns over and purrs ! The runway was finally cleared, our tug pulled the Staggerwinig back to its hangar, and the Zero and Hellcat returned home , After that I dont know what happened . I was tired and went home. It was a very long day for me. How was your day? SEMPER FI !
Photo by Dave Flood Staggerwing being towed back to its hangar at CMA.
A Silly Little Song by Clifford Brown The World War II years gave us the best, and most easy listening music of the century. For the most part, it was somber, sentimental and sometimes romantic. Whether it is Richard Addinsells Warsaw Concerto; Beethovens Fifth Symphony; Dot-Dot-Dot-Dash V for Victory; Vera Lynn singing Till We Meet Again; Glenn Millers Sentimental Journey; As Time Goes By from Casablanca; Ill Be Seeing You or White Christmas One cannot help being moved. Its a very long list. Warsaw Concerto was the theme music for an early 1941 war movie Suicide Squadron about a shell-shocked Polish pianist who flew for the RAF and was critical to the movies. Sergei Rachmaninoff declined to write the theme concerto. Beethovens Fifth Symphony, spelling out the Morse code letter V for victory, became the rallying cry for the Allied world. And, of course, Bing Crosby singing White Christmas transcended the war and is now a Christmas season classic. Pretty heavy stuff, but there was a song for children of all ages: Three Little Fishes. Its silliness and nonsense. Phil Harris, a leading band leader of the 30s and 40s, was married to blond Alice Faye, a leading movie star of the era. Phil wrote and sang Down in the meadow in an itty bitty pool, swam three little fishes and a mama fishy too. This ditty has endured as a nursery rhyme that teaches some social values that there are risks and dangers in not listening to your parents, whether you are three little fishes or a human child. Every top performer of the day sang this song. Here is my usual hook. Just prior to WWII, my fathers company, The Brown Contractors, built the foundation for Phil Harris new home on a steep hillside in then posh Encino, California. Dad would often take me to work with him. I particularly