Each January the Palm Springs Air Museum hosts the T-34 Pilots and their Planes. This year was fantastic with 18 planes on the ramp of the museum. We all started arriving Friday and the last of us pulled into the gates Saturday morning around 0800. Friday night the Museum puts out a great spread of food to welcome us. We stay at the hanger meeting new people and getting reacquainted with old friends. 2019 was the 20th year that we were able to meet in the desert. Out of all of the pilots that attended, there was only one in attendance who has made it to all 20, George Watson.
Saturday morning starts of with an early van ride from the resort down town to the museum were we start the briefings for the morning flights. Included in the brief are the tower personnel and we love how they treat us.
We had the pleasure this year to have in our presence air show royalty, Julie Clark. Julie came down from Cameron Park to fly with us. Her busy schedule doesn’t allow for a lot of non-airshow type flying, so that was pretty cool. Check her site out here http://julieclarkairshows.com/air-show/
After the morning brief we were able to put up a large flight for the visitors of the museum. We had four flights of four and one flight of five planes. Honing our formation skills is a great feeling. Knocking of the rust from the rough Socal winters. San Diego Salute is pretty fortunate to have many opportunities to fly and we are usually pretty sharp. This year was no different. We fly about once a week and are very lucky to have the people and weather to get that much flying done.
The afternoon flight was just as spectacular, lights and smoke everywhere. The video is a pretty good representation of the weekend. If you are ever in the area of the museum, I highly recommend it.
Next year we are trying to get 25 T-34’s over there, so try to put that on your schedule.