California - Commemorative Air Force


The Camarillo wing was a pretty active one, with something in the air nearly every weekend. They had one of the last Zeros flying, a naval version with folding wingtips, a C-46 Commando, "China Doll", a Bearcat, and several AT-6 trainers which were often in the air. There were several planes under restoration, including a B-25, and some others on static display temporarily awaitng major engine work.

The photos are from one of my days there. Also, there are some snapshots of B-17 and B-24 which visited the airfield in 2004. As a scale modeler, I tend to take many shots of details like air scoops and exhaust pipes and the like. I have tried to limit the number of photos like that on this page. There are some photos of a DeHavilland Vampire here.

The airport also had two Super Constellations parked at the end of the runway. Both were flying, but rarely. One was a military version used to train radar operators and was pretty much original. The other was a civilian version, which had been converted to private use. This second one was sold to a Swiss consortium in 2004 and flown to Europe where it will be reconditioned and used for private excursions by a group of European Constellation enthusiasts.


The P-38 was not flying, due to the engines being considered "unreliable". That is me in the cockpit. Snoopy playing the Red Baron, according to one friend.


Late model Spitfire (VII). Temporarily off line due to engine problem.



The Zero. The folding wing tip marks the naval version. Below is a photo of the Zero engine. Markedly similar to American engines. It had been swapped for a US made equivalent engine because of the availability of spare parts. Engine reliability, again.

"China Doll" - C-46 Commando

B-25 under complete restoration. About 7 - 8 years into the process. The engine work will come later.
The Bearcat. Undergoing some engine repair/maintenance. Is there a pattern here?

Shots of a B-17 and B-24, which visited Camarillo in 2004. The planes are owned by the Collings Foundation and are on constant tour. Can you imagine the engine maintenance?

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