Five MVs Displayed at Sonoma Valley Airport Event

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Five MVs Displayed at Sonoma Valley Airport Event

Post by John Neuenburg » Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:24 am

Five MVs were displayed the morning of 2/20 at Sonoma Valley Airport in Schelleville. It was sort of a cars 'n coffee invitational event with planes, cars, MVs. Runways were officially closed through noon except several airplanes flew demonstrations including aerobatics. They had a permit for that. Airport owner Chris Prevost rolled out his airplanes - they sell rides every week there - and he put his P-40N through its paces. It is a rare factory two-seater that shot down three Japanese airplanes in WW2. Also flying was his Stearman biplane and a T-28.

Lee Hoskins drove his GMC CCKW truck from Santa Rosa. Andy and Hilde Shyers drove their M37 all the way from Oakland. I brought out the SAS jeep and airport tenant Patrick Hellen displayed his very nice M38. Not in this shot is the M38 Chris uses as a tug. Coffee and pastries were handed out in the hangar behind the MVs:

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There are a lot of classic airplanes kept here and several flew in for the display including a stagger-wing Beechcraft. Some owners probably didn't roll theirs out because of the cold wind. There were a dozen airplanes on display and not shown are about 40 cars and trucks.

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Not military but my brother put his little RV-6 airplane on display and also his Bultaco TSS 350 factory road racer. He does vintage road racing and is one of the fastest in that sport in the country, often riding rare bikes owned by a collector of old race bikes. This bike is very rare - #52 of 52 built and he thinks it's the fastest 350cc in the country of any make that participates in this sport:

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There is a WW2 Army Air Force tie-in due to the former owner of this Bultaco. Hard to read but the display sign said this "Formerly owned by Hub Zemke, son of WWII fighter pilot Hubert “Hub” Zemke who among other things commanded the 56th Fighter Group during WWII, called “Zemke’s Wolf Pack”. Currently owned by Jim Neuenburg"

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Chris owns and operates the airport and the warbird ride business Vintage Aircraft Company and North Bay Air Museum, along with manager Sheryl. Often you will see multiple WW2 airplanes by their office next to Arnold Drive. You can see more during the "open hangar" days the second full weekend of every month. They plan is to do four of these car-truck-airplane events a year, probably increasing the car-count to around 100 and displaying more airplanes. These casual events are a nice way to cross-pollinate several vintage vehicle hobbies. I met a local man who brought out an old Chevy truck and he said he owns a WW2 jeep. He took a Camp Plymouth flyer.
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