2018 Airplane Fun

In 2020, the COVID pandemic cancelled most air shows. Some, like Oshkosh, held virtual events. Some aviation museums are starting to reopen slowly. Hopefully people are busy in hangars restoring antique airplanes and readying them for when we can all get out and travel again.

It's no fun to be grounded when you want to fly and explore.

We have had a personal setback too, with some health issues slowing us down.  We don't have the time to check on which venues are still viable and which are things of the past.

So... Post COVID our advice is to check with each air show or museum to see if they are open and operating.  Stay safe.

Our 2018 airplane fun came scattered in between our other travels.

While we were on some of those other trips, we were always on the lookout for airplanes… antique and otherwise. 

To see more about our 2018 travels in general instead of just 2018 airplane fun, you can head over to our sister site...


To see any of these photos in a slide show with a larger size, just click on any of the photos. 


Old Cars and Planes in Cuba

Vought OS2U Kingfisher
Museum of the Revolution, Havana Cuba

Cuba really isn’t known for their antique airplanes…  They have classic cars that are just a whole lot of fun to tour around in… 

We got some fun photos of Cuban Classics for you.

But in the Museum of the Revolution, we did find a couple of historic aircraft like this Vought OS2U Kingfisher.

San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California

San Ignacio Lagoon is famous for their friendly whales… but getting there is an adventure. 

You Can Fly In!

We didn't, but as we were driving out from the little town of San Ignacio (that's an hour drive all by itself!) we discovered a (sandy) dirt airstrip where you could fly in.  There was a pilot on our boat who did just that with his grandkids. 

Laguna San Ignacio Airstrip, Baja California, Mexico

We can’t pretend to tell you how to do this… we can only tell you that it can be done!  Wikipedia tells us that the airstrip is used solely for general aviation purposes, especially for whale watching tourism. 

If you’re brave enough… do some research!  Flying in there would surely be an adventure!

Whale watching boats in Baja
Gray Whales fly under the boat

The whales are worth seeing…. They come right up to the boats… around and under.  You can see them “flying” as they pass right under you.

Sky King Flight of Fancy

Do you remember Sky King and his Songbird?  If you’re fond of antique airplanes, there’s a good chance you might remember this TV show from the 50s.

Bamboo Bomber

Well, we found a Bamboo Bomber you can fly in. 

You too can run around (as Mark did) repeating...

“From out of the clear blue of the western sky comes…. Sky King…!"

Oshkosh and the D-Day Squadron

There’s always something special at Oshkosh.  This year there was a group there promoting an adventure that they are going to undertake for next year… in June 2019.

C-47s Fly In Formation at Oshkosh

A group of pilots is going to take a group of C-47s from the US to England and France to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

Read about how you can help the D-Day Squadron and even see this event.

Montgomery Hill

Montgomery Hill Memorial Wing Sculpture

We were driving to visit friends in the Evergreen area of San Jose, California when we drove past this park. 

You might be forgiven for glancing at this sculpture, idly wondering about it, and then forgetting it.

But this has everything to do with antique airplanes. 

John Joseph Montgomery was best know for his invention of controlled heavier-than-air flying machines.  There is a lot of interesting aviation history there, but here we will just tell you that in 1911, a glider he was piloting encountered turbulence, stalled and crashed. 

He died near this hill.  This 30-foot-tall steel structure of a glider wing was placed there as a memorial.

Fleet Week San Francisco

There’s nothing quite like being out on San Francisco Bay with the Blue Angels flying overhead during Fleet Week.

Blue Angels over San Francisco
Blue Angels, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge

On the bay you may float along side the Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien.  Another historic ship that comes out is the Potomac which was the floating White House for FDR.

Blue Angels and the SS Jeremiah O'Brien
Blue Angels Over Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay

It does get a little hazy after 3 hours of air show participants flying with “smoke on”… so it gets harder to get good photos, but you get the idea.

2018 Airplane Fun Part Of Broader Travel

You can tell that some of our 2018 airplane fun was squeezed in with travels we describe over at MouseTours.com.

If you'd like to tell us about some of your favorite airplanes or museums or 2018 airplane fun of your own, we'd love to hear your stories.

Find 'em, See 'em, Fly,'em! And have a great flight!
Judy and Mark

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