Osprey at full tilt

The magnificent Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, in close proximity of the Redlands R, at the Hangar 24 Airfest 2019.

The 2019 Hangar 24 Airfest brought together an impressive display of beers, planes, live performances and more on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19.

“It’s all about the adventures we share,” said Ben Cook, founder and CEO of Hangar 24. “We’ll start planning next year a week from today. All of you that showed up, thank you. It’s a huge event and it couldn’t have gone any better.”

The event was headlined by the U.S. Air Force A-10 Demonstration Team with performances from the U.S. Navy VFA-122 F-18s, U.S. Marine Corps Osprey, U.S. Air Force C-17 and civilian aerobatic performers including Redlands pilot Tony Higa.

Live music at the event included performances from country artist Michael Austin and classic rock cover band Platinum Rockstars.

One of the airplanes on display at the Airfest was the P-51D Mustang, based at Chino Airport in Chino. The P-51D Mustang was built at the North American Aviation facility in Dallas, Texas in 1945. It was built too late to fly in World War II, and so stayed in the U.S. until it was sold to the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1950.

The Mustang was then owned by a series of civilian pilots, the latest of whom repainted the plane to look like it would have during the World War II campaign it was intended for.

Another notable plane was the Lockheed 12A Electra Junior. Built in 1939 in Burbank, the aircraft flew with Great Britain during World War II under the Lend Lease Program, which provided the Allies with American-made supplies. Restored to original factory specifications, the plane is now owned by Les and Suzan Whittlesey of Coto de Caza, California.

Also at the event were various charities, such as the missionary group Wings of Faith.

“We are a Christian organization based in Corona, and what we do is airlift clothing and food for the Native American tribes in Arizona, California and New Mexico,” said George Chau, a representative for the organization. “We’ve been around for about 40 years and that’s what we do, we help the Native American tribes.”

Hangar 24 Charities is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that describes itself as “dedicated to raising funds for children and veterans in local communities.”

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