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 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).
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)
Note: colored links in the ID column lead to photos of the aircraft in the Gallery.
|F-106||Convair||Delta Dart||Montana ANG||72453|
|C-47||Douglas||Dakota||Su. No. 394548||#37||USN automobile|
|PT-23||Stearman||Kaydet||N5057N||yellow with red trim|
|F-6F||Grumman||Hellcat||USN||NX4964V||piloted by Robert J. Pond USNR|
|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|
|D3A||Aichi||Val||EI-231||41-22578||N56336||dressed up Vultee BT-13A|
|J-1||Standard||U.S. Army Trainer||four-cylinder inline Hall-Scott A-7a engine|