Pine Mountain Lake Air Show

Today I made the trip up to Groveland to visit some very good friends and also go to the Pine Mountain Lake air show.

My first stop was the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum. This was my meeting place as one of my friends is a docent at the museum and it was their living history day. I got to see some interesting exhibits and also picked up a few good books at the library book sale. The museum and library share a building in Groveland. The museum is small, but has some great exhibits. It is well worth the stop if you are on your way out to Yosemite.

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Here is one of the animals on display. I would not want to run into this wolverine. They also have a large black bear, but it is in a glass display case and the pictures I took are full of reflections.

Next it was off to the air show. The first thing that caught my eye was this gem.

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This is the executive Douglas DC-3 that was used from 1948 – 195 by William Patterson the founder and CEO of United Airlines. Today it is named the Mainliner O’Connor after Mary O’Connor one of the flight attendants who flew aboard the aircraft and is owned by a former United pilot who flew it for Patterson. He is one of the many local pilots.

Next we have a nice bright red biplane.

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This biplane was built by WACO. I was curious to find out where this acronym came from. The company name was originally Weaver Aircraft Company of Ohio. The owner of the WACO lives just off the runway of the Pine MountIn Lake airport. There are many homes with hangars full of planes scattered around the airport.

Next we have a Cesna Business Jet.

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This jet was amazingly fast compared to many of the other aircraft at the airport. The pilot put it through different maneuvers to showcase the capabilities of the jet. I was able to catch this picture of it as it slowed down on one the passes that it made over the runway.

They also had a few skydivers.

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They put on a great show and all landed close to each other just in front of the viewing area.

An air show would not be complete without some fun head ware.

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Here we have a nice propeller hat, but check out the little California bear just below the propellor.

Over all it was a great day in Groveland and you haven’t even heard about my great dinner and evening walk. Maybe later :-).

Steven

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6 Responses to Pine Mountain Lake Air Show

  1. Glenda McDougal says:

    Very interesting!!! Are wolverines in Arkansas?

  2. vanbraman says:

    Glenda, you will not have to worry about wolverines in Arkansas. In the US they are only seen in the Northern sections of the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains and also in Upper Michigan.

  3. Boomdeeadda says:

    I used to think I’d like to jump out of an airplane…not so much any more. I actually don’t like flying much at all. I do love the nostalgia of the golden days of airflight…when people dressed up to fly and the service was special. Now it’s just so rudimentary. I think someone should start an airline like the one in the movie ‘Catch Me If You Can’ with Leonardo Decaprio. They’d make a mint.

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