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Warbirds flying in historic demonstration team markings

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Adam Smith
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#1 Posted: 2/2/2010 19:48:43

Rumours abound that the beautiful Canadair F-86 "Hawk One" will be seen at Oshkosh in 2010.  It is painted in the eyecatching paint scheme of the legendary "Golden Hawks" display team from the early 1960s:

 

This led to a discussion about what other warbirds are currently flying in the markings of historic demo teams.  For example,  I remember seeing a Folland Gnat at Oshkosh a few years back painted up as one of the Red Arrows.   What else is out there?



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#2 Posted: 2/3/2010 08:54:22

I may be completely off my rocker, but I want to say the Horseman - Ed Shipley and Jim Beasley  - flew a couple of Bearcats (rather than their usual P-51s) in a routine at Chino last year.  I could be wrong about that and probably am, but how cool would that be to get a couple Bearcats (or three) in the old Blue Angels scheme flying together?  Any of you warbird owners reading this?  Hint hint hint! 

Zack



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#3 Posted: 2/3/2010 12:49:41

Ross Perot Jr. owns, and flys a T-38A that is painted up as Thunderbird 1, just like they were when the T-Birds flew them before the transition to the F-16. I believe the airplane lives at Addison, TX.  It is a beautiful airplane. Every bit as exciting as the Canadian F-86 mentioned above.



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#4 Posted: 2/3/2010 16:03:41
Zack Baughman wrote:

 

I may be completely off my rocker, but I want to say the Horseman - Ed Shipley and Jim Beasley  - flew a couple of Bearcats (rather than their usual P-51s) in a routine at Chino last year.  I could be wrong about that and probably am, but how cool would that be to get a couple Bearcats (or three) in the old Blue Angels scheme flying together?  Any of you warbird owners reading this?  Hint hint hint! 

Zack

 

 

Zack -

I won't speak to the status of you and your rocker ... but the Horsemen did a 3-ship Bearcat show, and even some "tailhook flight" passes with current Blue Angel F-18s:

http://www.oshkosh365.org/ok365_DiscussionBoardTopic.aspx?id=1235&boardid=147&forumid=179&topicid=3295

Would be great to see them showing the colors as well!



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#5 Posted: 2/3/2010 16:20:43 Modified: 2/3/2010 16:25:11

GREAT NEWS about Hawk One ... some may know this already, but Fern Villeneuve, the first leader of the Golden Hawks, flies to AirVenture every year from Ontario in a Swift. Here's hoping we can see him and the airplane together this summer!

Here's another vintage demo team airplane ...

Fowler Cary flies a T-33 painted as a (and known as) Vintage Thunderbird - it only "sort of" counts, as the team itself didn't perform with T-33s, but it's still gorgeous:

 



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#6 Posted: 2/3/2010 16:37:18

One more ... Hawker Hunter Aviation in Lincolnshire operates a number of Hunters, including at least one in the colors of the Patrouille Suisse:

 

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#7 Posted: 2/5/2010 16:25:35

Peter Jacobs flew a beautiful L-39 painted in US Navy Blue Angles colors.  He retired from air show flying at Sun 'n Fun 2009.   

 



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#8 Posted: 3/4/2010 13:15:45

Just came across a couple of mentions of an F-100F based in El Paso painted in Thunderbirds colors:



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