FLYING HIGH: PILOTS TAKE WING AT GILLESPIE AIR SHOW

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Story, photos and video by Khari Johnson

 

June 15, 2010 (El Cajon) – Up to 10,000 people turned out to watch more than 20 different types of vintage planes as well as skydivers, historic re-enactors and pyrotechnics displays at Wings Over Gillespie last weekend. View ECM’s highlights from the event.

 

The air show at Gillespie Field, hosted by San Diego’s chapter of the Commemorative Air Force, showcased a wide variety of planes including:

 

At Gillespie Field in El Cajon, the Wings over Gillespie Air Show showcased planes, including the Northrop N9M Flying Wing. Made in 1942, this great yellow plane is partially made of wood and is one of only four remaining in the world. Other planes exhibited included three different kinds of P-51 Mustangs, World War II fighter planes, as well as the Lockheed Electra, a sleek silver propeller plane like the one flown by Amelia Earhart on her final voyage.

 

Commemorative Air Force chapters from around the region participated in the two-day event. The Ninety Nines, a women pilot organization, also performed. In addition, aerobatics pilot John Collver demonstrated his stunt-flying skills in his SNJ “War Dog”, providing chills and thrills to spectators in the crowd.

 

For more information, see http://www.wingsovergillespie.org/welcome.htm.