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The thousands of people who visitedhe Point Mugu Air Show in October of 2005 got a special treat if they stopped byMissile Park on their way to the show oron their way home.Dozensof volunteersfromPointMuguandPortHuenemehadspenthoursspruc-ing up the area, located on Navair Roadat the Wood Road exit of Highway 1, inanticipation of a flood of visitors.Membersof VX-30refurbishedtheF-4Phantom and the F-14 Tomcat, haulingin special equipment because the jets sitso high off the ground.ThePublicWorks Seabeebranch put inconcrete curbing and 400 tons of decora-tivewhiterock,replacingtrashreceptacles,repairingthegazeboandpicnictablesandreplacing signs.And the Aircraft Intermediate Mainte-nance Detachment repainted 14 missiles,dismounting the smaller ones from theirstands and taking them to the AIMDpaint shop for full restoration.ArededicationceremonywasheldNov.29, and the Dec. 15 Lighthouse carriedthe story.
With motivation and enthusiasm, thevolunteers worked at Missile Park simul-taneously, coordinating their separateprojects,sharingequipmentandexpertiseto meet the deadline of the week prior tothe air show,” the newspaper reported.
Their dedicated efforts have helped topreserve this unique showcase of navalaviation history.”The F-4 was placed at Missile Park inOctober 1992, and the F-14 was placedthere in June 1995. Both had sustainedsevere corrosion due to Mother Nature,aircraft and automobile exhaust and birddroppings.Corroded areas had to be cut out witha grinder, then patched with sheet metaland sealed before any painting could takeplace.Ittook52gallonsof polyurethanepaintto refurbish both aircraft.AIMD used 14 gallons of paint, threegallons of bondo and 28 rolls of sandpa-per to refurbish the missiles.
Looking back 2005: Missile Park spruced up
Fighterjets,lawenforcementhelicoptersnd a KC-135, which refuels long-rangebombers, are among the dozens of mili-ary and civilian aircraft expected to ben display at the 2010 Naval Base Ven-ura County Air Show at Point Mugu.The show is just two weeks away: Sat-rday and Sunday, Aug. 7 and 8. Gatespen at 8 a.m.In addition to aerial performances, aopular feature of the air show is the dis-lay of aircraft on the ground, so-calledstatic displays.”Among the aircraft scheduled to be onisplay, subject to change, are:•AKC-135fromMarchAirForceBase,alif. During air refueling, the large fly-ble boom attached to the airplane’s bel-ly can offload fuel at 6,500 pounds perinute. This is enough fuel in one minuteo operate an average family car for oneyear.•AC-130JHerculescargoaircraftfromthe Channel Islands Air National Guard.Capable of carrying up to 3,000 gallonsof retardant, this aircraft has played aajor part in saving lives and large areasof land from wildfires.•AnF-5ETigerIIfighteraircraft,whichis used in adversary training for the Navyandotherbranchesof themilitary.Fight-erSquadronCompositeOneThree(VFC-13), home-based at Fallon Naval Air Sta-tion in Nevada and known as the
Fighting Saints,” will have the fighterpaintedinoneof thevariouspaintschemesused to represent foreign air forces.Other military: EA-18G Growler; EA-6B Prowler; E-2C Hawkeye from VAW-117; C-130T Hercules from VR-55; NP-3OrionandS-3BVikingfromVX-30;HH-65 from the Coast Guard; CF-18 Hornetand CT-155, Canadian Air Force; NGPredator, an unmanned aerial vehicle,U.S. Air Force; and an FA-18 Super Hor-net, VFA-122.Civilian: T206H from the CaliforniaHighway Patrol; 212-205 Huey from theVentura County Sheriff’s Department;B-25J, an aircraft that flew in World WarII; H-21; C-172; LA-4 Lake and a C-177fromEmbry-RiddleAeronauticalUniver-sity.EliteHelicopterswillalsobebringingin a helicopter from their fleet.
Air Show just2 weeks away
About the Air Show
The 2010 Naval Base Ventura CountyAir Show at Point Mugu is scheduled forSaturday, Aug. 7, and Sunday, Aug. 8.Admission and parking are free. Gateswill open at 8 a.m. both Saturday andSunday, with flight demonstrationsstarting at 10 a.m.In addition to the Thunderbirds, theair show will also feature the latest inaviation, with both military and civilian airacts and vintage aircraft on display.The public can purchase specialreserved seating tickets from the AirShow Network. For information, visit thewebsite, http://www.airshownetwork.com/home.html.Keep up with the air show status bycalling the information line at 989-8786,visiting https://www.cnic.navy.mil/Ventura/Recreation/2010AirShow/index.htm or our new Facebook page, NBVC AirShow at Point Mugu.
A C-130T Hercules will be on display, courtesy of the VR-55 squadron at NBVC.
Navy LodgeOpen House 40
anniversary celebration,1 to 4 p.m., Building 1172, PortHueneme. Information: 985-2624.
6 to 8 p.m., LMHSoccer Field, PointMugu. Safety info anddemos, including military workingdogs, McGruff the Crime Dog,fire safety and bomb squad.Sponsored by Lincoln MilitaryHousing, NBVC Security, others.
AG-rated movie, 2 p.m.,free, Needham Theater,Port Hueneme. Mustshow military ID; spouses can pickup tickets if military member isdeployed.
VenturaCounty Fair MilitaryAppreciation Day,Seaside Park, Ventura.All military personnel holding acurrent, valid military ID will beadmitted free. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.,last admission at 10 p.m.
The VenturaCounty Chapter of the Military OfficersAssociation of America (VCC-MOAA) meets at11:30 a.m. at the Bard Mansion.Lunch is included. Tickets: $13.Information: 815-3630.
America’s favoritefootball team flies in toPoint Mugu at 3 p.m.and will sign autographs for abouthalf an hour in Hangar 34.
Here’s a list of aircraftthat will be displayed onthe ground.