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What has CARLSBAD RACEWAY been up to since 2005?
2005 - 2019 in somewhat chronological order…


1.  The Twin Beast. 
This 1962 Twin Beech G-18 began life as Royal Crown Cola’s corporate airplane for executives.  It then passed on to Piedmont Air Cargo.  It almost ended life as a worn out “freight dog” having been all used up hauling freight for UPS.  Sporting two torn seats, no windows, diamond plate flooring and a hasp with a paddle lock to keep the door shut, we resurrected it for an airplane float manufacturer in Canada.  The company in Canada went bankrupt and we ended up with it as our company workhorse.  It’s permitted for aerial photography and skydiving but we mostly use it like a good 4x4 pickup truck hauling loads from airport to airport.

Photo of the field we found it in.
↑The field we found it in.
Photo all fixed and flying.
↑All fixed and flying.


2.  Dropping Jumpers / Hauling Skydivers.  
We got involved with the end of an era dropping jumpers from DC-3’s and Twin Beeches at Elsinore and Perris.

Photo -  DC-3 jump plane
↑DC-3 jump plane.
Photo - Ash drop for a fallen friend.
↑This shot is special as 32 jumpers get ready for an Ash Dropů scattering the ashes of one of their buddies for his final jump.


3.  Gliders. 
Thanks to government / politics the glider port at our home field at Hemet-Ryan shut down after five decades.  We never expected them to be so much fun so we were sad to see it go.  Unfortunately, we were too busy with other projects to accept a job offer towing gliders out at Elsinore when Hemet glider port closed.

Photo - On the two giving a ride.
↑On the tow (a bit too high) giving a ride.


4.  1956 Piper Pacer.
We obtained the remains of three crashed tricycle-geared Piper PA-22 Tri-pacers and decided to build one conventional geared Piper PA-20. Starting with a pile of parts we hauled in by trailer and flew to our shop in the Twin Beast, we made one real good flyer from the three wrecks. Tailwheel guys will understand our motivation – we made one “real airplane” out of three “pretend-a-planes.”

Photo - 4 1956 Piper Pacer-1 Hauling Pacer parts in N5BA
↑Hauling Pacer parts in the Twin Beast.
Photo - 4 1956 Piper Pacer-2 Hauling Pacer parts by trailer
↑Hauling Pacer parts by trailer.
Photo - 4 1956 Piper Pacer-3 The Beginning
↑The Beginning.
Photo - 4 1956 Piper Pacer-4 Test flight sucessful
↑Test flight successful.


5.  Wells Fargo TV Commercials.  
Wells Fargo chose our WW II Navy N2S-5 Stearman, one of our hangars, and our chief pilot for a series of three commercials they aired over a three year period. How fortunate to be a member of the Screen Actors Guild as a stunt pilot and actor. Click the following link to see what version is playing now.

Photo - 5 Wells Fargo TV Commercial-1 On the set
On the set.
Phjoto - Wells Fargo ground scene.
Ground scene.

Photo - 5 Wells Fargo TV Commercial-2 Flying scene
↑Flying scene.


6.  Grumman HU-16B Albatross.  
We were blessed to be part of a three-man team to go to Fort Pierce on Florida‘s SE coast to resurrect this former military open-ocean AIR-SEA Rescue plane and fly it coast to coast to a museum in Chino, CA. Lynn Hunt and Mike Castillo are known as THE go-to guys anywhere in the world for this incredible type aircraft… That’s why Sylvester Stallone hired them for The Expendables.  What an opportunity to learn about this behemoth airplane from the best.

Photo - 6 Grumman HU-16B Albatross-1 Departing Florida
↑Departing Florida.
Cockpit view of Pensacola.
↑Cockpit view of Pensacola.
Crew picture at Chino (Lynn Hunt Center, Mike Castillo on his right, Jeff Grismer on left.
↑Crew pic at Chino (Lynn Hunt center, Mike Castillo on his right, Jeff Grismer left.)


7.  Boeing Stearman PT-17.
Left sitting in a hangar for many years, we brought it back to life for the owner. Before delivering it out of state, we brokered it to the largest aircraft parts distributer in the world.  It was then sold to an active Navy pilot who flew it to its new home in Florida. He remains a very happy owner, flying it regularly.

Photo - 7 Boeing Stearman PT-17
↑Boeing Stearman PT-17

8. Flying Hawaii.
Hard to beat seeing Hawaii from a deHavilland Beaver on floats. Flying the same path the Japs did on their sneak attack on Pearl Harbor really augments touring the hangars on the ground, which still have bullet holes from Dec. 7th.
Photo - 8 Flying Hawaii
↑Flying Hawaii.


9. 1942 Beech SNB-1 (AT-11).
Built for the Navy in WWII, this warbird was on a ferry flight from a museum in Florida to a museum in Southern California. It made it to DeRidder, Louisiana before losing an engine. It was left behind for six-and-a-half years at a former WWII Air force base until we drove out with the owner and a trailer load of parts and supplies. We spent 270 man hours in triple digit heat (and humidity) hanging a new engine, two new props, etc.  We departed DeRidder just before a storm which gave us tailwinds all the way home. The owner began his drive home the next day saying, “This way I’ll know where to pick you up when you don’t make it!” But, she flew to her new museum home in So. Cal. without incident.

Photo - 9 1942 Beech AT-11-1 The resurrection
↑The resurrection.
Photo - 9 1942 Beech AT-11-2 The Departure from Louisiana
↑The Departure from Louisiana.
Photo - 9 1942 Beech AT-11-3 The Arrival to Chino, CA
↑The arrival to Chino, CA.

10. Twin Beech N3GM.
Another 1962 G-18, it was Grimes Manufacturing’s corporate airplane and test bed in the 60’s and a second place winner at Oshkosh for paint jobs in the 00’s. After a six year hiatus in So. Cal., we got it flying again to deliver it to Oregon for the owner.
Photo - 10 Twin Beech N3GM
↑Twin Beech N3GM

11. 1947 Cessna 140.
This classic post-WWII trainer was left pinned in the corner of a hangar behind a bunch of “stuff.” After we got it going and put a little time on it, the owner came and flew it home to central Oregon himself.
Photo - 11 1947 Cessna 140-1 Stuffed in the hangar
↑Stuffed in the hangar.
Photo - 11 1947 Cessna 140-2 Headed for Oregon
↑Headed for Oregon.

12. 1958 Cessna 182.
This bird was left in a hangar for 15+ years. We got it ferry able, to the shop and back in service again.
Photo - 12 1958 Cessna 182-1 I was lost
↑I was lost.
Photo - 12 1958 Cessna 182-2 Now I'm found
↑Now I'm found.


13. Twin Beech on Floats.
If you like planes and boats, you have to fly floats. Been doing that for three decades behind one engine. But if you like Twin Beeches and flying floats, you have to get your Multi-Engine Seaplane rating at the Colorado River in Joe Sheble’s D-18.

Flying this thing makes you feel like a kid again.
↑Flying this thing makes you feel like a kid again.
On the step on the Colorado River.
↑On the step on the Colorado River.


14. 1946 Cessna 140
This excellent airplane sat for some 20+ years. After getting the AD’s current, we got it to the shop and back in service again to teach today’s pilots how to fly conventional geared aircraft

Photo - 14 1946 Cessna 140-1 In it's 20 year tomb
↑In its 20 year tomb.
Photo - 14 1946 Cessna 140-2 Fixed, washed and ready to fly
↑Annualed, washed and ready to fly. ZOOM


15. Aero Vodochody L-29. 
The Russian Block AVL-29 was used by Russia up until the mid 1970’s for Fighter Jet training. Other communist countries still use it as a fighter trainer and an air to ground attack plane.  Ours was apart for an entire overhaul by a mechanic who worked his entire career for Aero Vodochody – the best of mechanics. We have an IFR Type Rating in it but get continuing advanced instruction from a Navy Top Gun instructor – the best of instruction. It burns 180 gallons per hour of fuel, so we fly it mostly for missing-man formations, museum flights, the movie industry, and instruction. You vintage MX guys, especially CZ guys, will get a kick out the tires!

Photo - 15 Aero Vodochody L-29-1 Apart when we bought it
↑Apart when we bought it.
Photo - 15 Aero Vodochody L-29-2 Taking delivery at March Air Force Base
↑Taking delivery at March Air Force Base with Gus, our chief mechanic, in the foreground.
Photo - 15 Aero Vodochody L-29-3 Ready for work
↑Ready for work.
Photo - 15 Aero Vodochody L-29-4 Barum tires
↑Barum tires.

16. Shipping over seas.
Sold one of our aerobatic Christen Eagles to Brazil. Little too far to fly. Here’s how to ship one.
Photo - 16 Shipping over seas-1 Sold
Photo - 16 Shipping over seas-2 Loading
Photo - 16 Shipping over seas-3 Loaded


17. Beechcraft G-33.
This very nice Bonanza sat for about fifteen years. We had three trips making repairs before we could ferry it to the shop and give it the attention it deserved. It’s been factory converted to an IO-520 engine so it really goes. And yes, it's a Bonanza; it's a 1973.

Photo - 17 Beechcraft G-33-1 Decades of dirt
↑Decades of dirt.
Photo - 17 Beechcraft G-33-2 Run-up checks good
↑Run-up checks good.


18. 1947 Fairchild 24.
This 1930’s designed airplane belonged to a local war hero. Keith Yoakum started out sweeping hangar floors here at Hemet-Ryan Field and went all the way up to Army Attack Helicopters. He re-upped twice to fight for us and our country. Sadly, he paid for our freedom with his life. The 24 deteriorated to the point that its best value was to part it out. That just isn’t right for such a good plane and such an honorable owner. We bought it from his wife, got it flying again, and can’t wait to take his daughters for a ride in Daddy’s airplane whenever they get out from the East coast.

Photo - 18 1947 Fairchild 24-1 On-line comments about is semi-abandonment
↑Online comments about its semi-abandonment.
Photo - 18 1947 Fairchild 24-2 Just before it flew again
↑Just before flying again.
Proving the engine, circling our home field.
↑Proving the engine, circling our home field.


19. Who Is John Galt?
He’s the reason for three movies, Atlas Shrugged 1, 2 & 3 . We got to do the airplane flying scenes for Part 3 (release date 9/12/14), so to that extent: We are John Galt!  Previews have some of the flying:
Great “fun” flying off a remote dirt road only ten feet wider than the landing gear. The cliff at the beginning of the runway and movie trucks at the end offered only sudden stops. Not Twin Beech territory, but producer Ron Smith can be very persistent. He gave us an extra day to make some adjustments to the plane so we could do it safely. That made the daily Call Sheet, “Day 19 of 18.” Kinda cool! 
The DVD was released in early January, 2015, and we made the cover.

Photo - 19 Who Is John Galt - on the set
↑On the set of Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?
Atlas Shrugged Three CallSheet Day 19 of 18
↑Call Sheet Day 19 of 18
Atlas Shrugged III Who is John Galt? DVD cover
↑Atlas Shrugged III: Who is John Galt? DVD cover


20. Cessna 195.
This was a beautiful 195 right until it went off the runway into a ditch! Most pilots today just don’t know how to fly conventional geared aircraft.  We ended up with it in trade for ferrying some airplanes up north. One main gear was ripped off and the other folded up into the fuselage. Half the prop was gone and the seats were pushed up into the cockpit quite a ways.  Many man hours later, we have her on her feet, putting in a new windscreen and ready for a new firewall forward. Can’t wait to fly this iconic aircraft.

Photo - 20 Cessna 195-1 What we started with
↑Dry bones.
Photo - 20 Cessna 195-2 Down to the bones
↑Coming back to life.
Photo - 20 Cessna 195-3 Ready for an engine
↑Ready for the breath of a new engine and prop.

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