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 2011 - Centennial of Naval Aviation

February 12th, 2011

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of naval aviation.  In celebration, the Navy kicked off the first of several nationwide recognitions of the "Centennial of Naval Aviation".  This event was at the North Island compound on Coronado. 

Why is here on a car club web site?  Well, because they just happened to throw in a car show too!  This was a fairly exclusive event, restricted to 100 cars.  Some of our members were rejected after the registrations were quickly consumed several weeks ago.

In attendance were George Bagdasarian, Bob Richards, Bob Harrington, Mike Becker and Barry Appelbaum.

There was an endless static display of aircraft and you could get up close and personal

The aerial display was impressive as well.  Approximately 200 aircraft overflew the event, including a massive finally with a formation of 35+ aircraft.  It was quite impressive.  Here are just a few of the fly by's.

Bob Richards even managed to get some seat time in this MH60S helicopter

Despite the fact this event was an "Air Show", you would not believe the madness around George's car.  The GB special was clearly the fan favorite.  There was a seemingly constant gaggle of gawkers loitering around this car!  In fact, I would go so far as to say that George's car easily beat out the majority of the aircraft as far as crowd interest. 

We've got to setup a recording device at the next event and we'll edit and playback the comments you here from people / kids.

George's car always draws attention at car shows - where there are typically lots of car nuts.  But this event was an air show, and these spectators did not come for a car show.  That didn't seem to matter, they were drawn to the car lights moths to a light.

The deck on the John C Stennis was massive.  This is where you don't want to be standing when the air boss says "go"

This is the panoramic view from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis

This little model miniature of a T-45 trainer was quite impressive.  It was about 4 or 5 feet long.  It even had a little jet turbine!

F4U Corsair

The workmanship on this recenly restored aircraft was stunning