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Vintage warbirds visit Tehachapi

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Commemorative Air Force pilot Ken Gottschall taxies a British, WWII-era, Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV up to parking Saturday, Sept. 28, after landing at the Tehachapi Airport for a war bids fly-in event. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News

Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District Manager Matt Young, left, congratulates Mike Dendy at the finish line of the Saturday, Sept. 28, 5K Tarmac Fun Run at the Tehachapi Airport. Over 80 runners took part in the race, along with 25 children participating in a one-mile fun run as well. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News

The Grumman F8F Bearcat was a fighter/attack aircraft designed to be used on the U.S. Navy's growing fleet of small aircraft carriers near the end of the WWII. Although developed too late in the war to see action in WWII, the Bearcat was used through the 1940s and 1950s and even saw extensive as a ground-attack aircraft in Viet Nam. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News

Hundreds of people showed up Saturday, Sept 28, at Tehachapi Airport to see the vintage aircraft taking part in the Warbird's Fly-in. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News

Row44's restored Hu-16 Albatross seaplane, "Albatross One," was one of four vintage WWII aircraft that took part in the Saturday, Sept. 28, Warbird's Fly-in at the Tehachapi Airport. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News

The public was invited out onto the tarmac to get a closer look at the four restored WWII-era warbirds that took part in the Saturday, Sept. 28 Warbirds Fly-in at the Tehachapi Airport. Vollunteers from the local Civil Air Patrol provided security for the vintage aircraft. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi New

A Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV, foreground, taxies past a Grumman F8F Bearcat Saturday, Sept. 28, during the Warbirds Fly-in at the Tehachapi Airport. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News

"Man O' War," a P-51D Mustang from the Commemorative Air Force based in Camarillo, Calif., taxies up to park Saturday, Sept. 28, after arriving at Tehachapi Airport. The CAF brought three WWII-era fighters up for a warbirds fly-in event. Gregory D. Cook / Tehachapi News

Tehachapi was treated to the sights and sounds of four WWII-era warbirds Saturday, as the Tehachapi Airport hosted its Warbirds Fly-in on Sept. 28.

The day started off with the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District hosting a Tarmac Fun Run, starting at 8 a.m. The 5k run, and 1-mile kids run, allowed runners to make their way over a course that included the taxiways and tarmac areas of the airport before finishing up on the runway. More than 80 runners participated in the 5K distance, with 25 children taking part in the 1-mile.

Shortly after 10 a.m., the skies over the airport were filled with the distinctive thrum of a 12-cylinder, Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, as the Commemorative Air Force's North American P-51 Mustang, "Man O' War" flew over the field and then came in for a landing, parking in front of the crowd. It was soon followed by Row44's Hu-16 Albatross seaplane.

The festivities had to be placed on hold for a short time when a member of the "Man O' War" maintenance crew suffered an apparent seizure while servicing the aircraft. Spectators and event staff rushed to render first aid, and EMS personnel arrived to transport the man to Tehachapi Hosptal, along with a spectator who collapsed in an unrelated incident around the same time.

Two more CAF warbirds, an F8 Bearcat, and a Supermarine Spitfire rounded out the attendees, and the public was invited out onto the tarmac to get a closer look at the vintage aircraft.

The fly-in closed with the warbirds each making several low passes over the airport for the crowd before heading home.

 

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