Air Show San Diego 2014

On Saturday and Sunday, June 7th and 8th, the San Diego Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, ‘Air Group One’, held their 19th annual airshow at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Ca.

The show (formerly known as “Wings Over Gillespie”) has been renamed “AirShow San Diego”. This years show commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-DAY.

The star of the show was the C-53 Skytrooper known as “D-Day Doll”, which actually flew 3 missions in the invasion of Normandy.

Also flying for in commemoration of D-Day for the crowd was a C-47, a P-47, a pair of P-51s, and a FW-190.

Other acts included :

John Collver in his SNJ “War Dog”
Bill Brack in his “Smoke and Thunder” jet car
The San Diego 99s flying a PT-19, Citibria, and Cessana 172 & Cessna 152
The Red Eagles in 4 Yak-52s
A bombing and strafing run demo with pyro involving several AT-6 Texans and a FM2 Wildcat

There were some static displays that flew in for the show, such as an A-37 Dragonfly and AD5 Skyraider in South Vietnamese markings, as well as some notable aircraft from Air Group One’s museum including a F-14 Tomcat, a PBY Catalina, and a rare A2D Skyshark.

The event was a delight for all who were able to attend, and I myself look forward to attending next years as well.

I’d like to thank Rich Kenney and the entire San Diego Wing of the Commemorative Air Force for their hospitality over the weekend.

Steve Lewis

Steve is a Southern California based photographer living in the Los Angeles area.

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