Warbirds Over Addison – Cavanaugh Flight Museum Air Show

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum has just announced that their annual Warbirds Over Addison air show will take place over the weekend of May 19th and 20th. This FG-1D Corsair, masquerading as an F4U-1C, will be one of many fabulous aircraft on show. (photo by Scott Slocum)

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum will be holding their annual Warbirds Over Addison air show over the 19th and 20th of May. The flying museum plans something special this year featuring their historic, combat veteran Douglas AD-6/A-1H Skyraider…

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum actually has two airworthy Skyraiders. This gorgeous air-to-air image from Scott Slocum shows the recently acquired AD-6 ground attack Skyraider, Bu.139606, in the foreground with the museum’s AD-5W airborne early warning variant, Bu.135152, in the background. ‘606 is shown wearing a colorful, though spurious naval scheme which seems to be a blend of the famous VA-176 markings from their time aboard the USS Intrepid, with those of VA-165 when based aboard the USS Oriskany. However, the AD-6 is now being returned to her original USAF colors from when she served with the 6th Special Operations Squadron! (photo by Scott Slocum)

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s press release continues…

To many history buffs the Douglas Skyraider is synonymous with the Vietnam War. When South Vietnam fell in April 1975, a mass exodus ensued with pilots looking for any available aircraft to escape the approaching Communists. While many are familiar with the footage of overcrowded carrier decks and helicopters being pushed over the side, less familiar is the story of Thailand being choked with fleeing aircraft. During the “Warbirds Over Addison” weekend of 19-20 May 2018, the Cavanaugh Flight Museum is pleased to have retired USAF pilot Roger Youngblood as Saturday’s guest speaker; Youngblood was one of two pilots tasked to hide escaping South Vietnamese Skyraiders in Thailand. Cavanaugh’s AD-6 (A-1H) Skyraider, tail number 139606, was one of four to have been hidden away. Youngblood actually evacuated aircraft ‘606; his flight is considered the last ever for a Skyraider on official orders. Please join us as he shares his recollection of this chaotic moment in history.

CFM is also excited to announce that ‘606 will be returning from a fresh repaint to her authentic USAF colors. This project celebrates the 50th anniversary of her arrival in Vietnam with the 6th Special Operations Squadron in Spring 1968 – come out to see her in her new clothes!

A USAF 6th SOS A-1H Skyraider (ex-AD-6 Bu.139609) in a revetment during 1969. nicknamed Bad News, in 1969. The “6T”-tailcode was found on 6th Special Operations Squadron Skyraiders at Pleiku in October 1969, the better known tailcode is “ET”. The CFM’s AD-6/A-1H Skyraider is a sister ship to this aircraft, and will likely look very similar in her new paint scheme. Interestingly, just like Bu.139606, this Skyraider was also transferred to the Republic of Vietnam Air Force later in the war. (image via Wikipedia)

Plans include a number of flight displays, food, and, of course, a display of the amazing collection of aircraft, vehicles, and artwork the Museum is known for. Weather and maintenance permitting, rides will also be available for purchase in a variety of aircraft such as AD-5 (A-1E) Skyraider (5 open seats), P-51 Mustang, FG-1D Corsair, T-6, Stearman, B-25H Mitchell, OH-13D Sioux, and O-2 Skymaster. For contact/location, details on this event, or info on the ride program, visit the Museum website: cavflight.org

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s extraordinarily rare H-model B-25 Mitchell will also be taking part in the Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s air show this May. Rides are available in this aircraft. (photo by Scott Slocum)

WarbirdsNews wishes to thank the superlative photographer Scott Slocum for the use of his images in this article. For anyone interested in seeing more of his work, or taking part in an air-to-air photography workshop, please check out his website HERE.

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