1985 CAF Air Show

June 09, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

These undated photos (August 7-11, 1985) are from one of the few air shows I did not attend with my friend Bob Nelson. I was at work and then Jamestown over the weekend for a family event. Bob shot two rolls of film at the show.*  The show was held on the South General Aviation Ramp at Fargo Hector Airport. It featured World War II aircraft from the Confederate Air Force, some Vietnam Era aircraft, and a couple local aircraft: including a 1917 J-1 Standard and an Experimental aircraft- both would reappear in the Fargo Air Museum- twenty years later; we wouldn't see them until then. The long shadows by the Stinson L-5 suggest a late afternoon or early evening attendance. And the shadows show Bob photographing with his father, Doug Nelson, beside him. This makes sense as Doug flew in the B-25 Mitchell during the war, much like the one on display. The Junkers JU-52 was an unique aircraft, but not so unique I didn't build a 1/72 scale plastic model of it. I believe this aircraft made a return trip to Fargo in 1989, but I haven't seen it since.

* Note: in 2016 Bob found a couple rolls of slide film from this air show (probably from a different date). I have since added them to this portfolio and listing.

B-25J "Mitchell" Medium WWII BomberB-25J 'Mitchell' Medium WWII Bomber by Bob NelsonThe "Yellow Rose", the christened name of the vintage B-25J Mitchell WWII bomber. Restored and operated by the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).

Photos

See the full Gallery or the Gallery slideshow, for more of Bob Nelson's photos from the CAF air show: 47 total including my detailed photo/airplane descriptions.

Notes

Photo descriptions come from various sources including: Wikipedia, The Planes Of Fame Air Museum, The Central Texas Wing of the CAF ("Yellow Rose"), The Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Obit for Mr. Pond), the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington DC), and the Military Aviation Museum (Virginia Beach)

Aircraft On Display

Note: colored links in the ID column lead to photos of the aircraft in the Gallery

ID Manufacturer Name Unit U-Name S/N Tail Notes
F-4D McDonald Phantom II NDANG   40952    
F-101B McDonald Voodoo NDANG        
F-106 Convair Delta Dart Montana ANG   72453    
C-47 Douglas Dakota     Su. No. 394548 #37 USN automobile
P-51D North American Mustang          
PT-23 Stearman Kaydet       N5057N yellow with red trim
PT-23 Stearman Kaydet       N---3N silver
L-5 Stinson Sentinel          
F-6F Grumman Hellcat USN     NX4964V piloted by Robert J. Pond USNR
JU-52 Junker's Tante Ju          
B-25J North American Mitchell CAF Yellow Rose   N25YR  
T-6 North American Harvard IV RCAF 595 CCF4-97   N13595 silver
BT-13A Vultee Valiant US Army Air Corp.   41-11538 N52411 silver
BT-13A Vultee Valiant US Navy SNV-1   N63884 silver
D3A Aichi Val   EI-231 41-22578 N56336 dressed up Vultee BT-13A
Exp ?           Experimental Aircraft
J-1 Standard   U.S. Army Trainer       four-cylinder inline Hall-Scott A-7a engine

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