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  • #72

    Timothy Stone (Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:28)

    Thanks to all the current members who have kept the Condor Squadron alive! My dad was a long time member and I was just flooded with memories of some of the old timers. I have met many of them as a child and remember many of the names in passing, particularly Dick Sykes. I enjoyed working for and with several members like Dave Elliot, Pat Moody and Lucia, Dick Lucia. (Anyone who has met him will understand.) God bless you all!

  • #71

    LD (Sunday, 13 January 2019)

    While walking yesterday afternoon on Olympic Blvd. I heard (and saw) you flying over head. I assume you were on your way to the Coliseum. Very cool. Wish you all the best and thank you.

  • #70

    Schramml Hans (Thursday, 25 October 2018 00:20)

    Hi, Folks,

    I was not even aware that Condor Squad existed, but now I am enthusistic about what are You doing.
    Therefore I am wishing full and speedy recovery for Rob Sandberg and keep on flying Your Texans.
    Best regards,

  • #69

    Jeane Errea (Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:12)

    I was sadden to see that one of the T-6 Texans went down. I always look forward to seeing you fly at Wings over Camarillo.

  • #68

    Colonel Rex Bradshaw (Wednesday, 24 October 2018 08:04)

    As a Squadron Leader in Desert Squadron Odessa Texas a unit of the CAF we acknowledge your loss and know how all members feel. Best Wishes as you fund raise a replacement aircraft.

  • #67

    C. Falero Jr (Wednesday, 24 October 2018 02:56)

    God Bless all of you guys and keep up the good flying.⭐��

  • #66

    M. G. (Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:15)

    Now I know who has been doing the cool fly-overs around LA. Glad your member is okay after his AT-6 crashed on the 101 Freeway today.

    Keep up what you are doing. It's important to keep WWII history alive and flying!

    Thanks for what you do.

  • #65

    Tressie (Tuesday, 23 October 2018 20:52)

    Very cool page. I really enjoyed all of the photographs.

  • #64

    Danusia (Tuesday, 23 October 2018 19:48)

    Thanks, you guys, for doing your fly overs above Zuma Beach. I live in the hills above Zuma. When I can hear you coming, I am out on my deck jumping up and down and taking pictures. At this distance the photos are not as great as on your website but the ones that are good are on my screensaver.
    Keep flying out here. Give me an extra rev so I can be sure to hear you coming. I will be out there waving!
    Glad the pilot is okay today, (Ventura Fwy landing.) but it helped me to finally find who you all and where you come from!!
    Thanks again
    (You all are called my plane buddies out here as I am always racing out see you go by.)

  • #63

    Bill Willis (Tuesday, 23 October 2018 16:34)

    Wish you could do Fly-Overs for our KIA. If you do and have Videos please post.

  • #62

    Karyn Beaman (Tuesday, 28 August 2018 15:45)

    Always enjoy the fly overs in Van Nuys where I live. Love the old war birds! and planes too! :)

  • #61

    Marlies Reno (Thursday, 05 July 2018 10:55)

    We very much appreciate the spectacular fly-overs when en route to our local parade. Such a treat for us. So impressive!!! Thank you.

  • #60

    Marvin Schmnidt (Friday, 01 June 2018 13:12)

    Hi: For just over the past decade, I have been photographing Condor Squadron on thier many flights celebrating our Nation's Holidays. Wonderful. Modern American aircraft are the best ever, but they are hardpressed to match the thrill of the classics with those huge recips. WOW! Kinda shake your guts, and may bring the occaisional tear to our collective eyes. Thanks for just being there.

  • #59

    Rev. Daniel White (Tuesday, 03 April 2018 02:14)

    I see you fly over Our Lady of Lourds Church all the time. It reminds me when I was an Air Explorer Scout at Van Nuys Airport. My father was Navy pilot during WW II. At 95 he still watches you fly over his home.

  • #58

    Renovation contractor (Thursday, 09 November 2017 20:46)

    Thats all wonderful!

  • #57

    Chris Draper (Monday, 04 September 2017 19:32)

    Hello to all the Condors. I was watching the Reno air races today and started to have memories of my Grandfather Jim Modes and his race plane. I'm sure most of you knew him. I think he was a founding member of the group. I found a photo of one of his race planes "Candy Striper #7". What I was curious to learn was he co-owned the plane with Charlie Beck. Any relation to the LAPD Chief?

    Anyways gentlemen, thank you for your service and God Bless.

  • #56

    jasmine (Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:38)

    Thank you for the hard work and dedication. Keep it up and stay safe!

  • #55

    Joseph R Shirley Jr (Tuesday, 29 August 2017 03:41)

    Uncle Dick taught me how to fly. He was my father's lawyer, and his wife JoAnne was my mother's best friend from their time with TWA. I hAve known the Sykes since I was 5 yrs.old. I will come to visit sometime soon.

  • #54

    Jonathan (Wednesday, 16 August 2017 20:38)

    I live off Roscoe and Louise, and love watching you guys in formation. After a year in this neighborhood, I recognize the sound of the AT-6 engines and always go outside to have a look. Thanks for keeping this tradition alive!

  • #53

    Marcial & Ariana (Thursday, 29 June 2017 01:42)

    Hey I see you guys pass over all the time over my home on Roscoe & Amestoy. Loved the smoke trail you did today in the diamond formation. I always thought you guys were training for the LA Airshow in Lancaster. But then again I get my airshow here. Thanks!!!!

  • #52

    Deni & John Boardman (Wednesday, 31 May 2017 11:48)

    Thank you so much for the flyover at Mt. View in San Bernardino on Memorial Day! Beautiful, powerful, amazing. We must never forget our fallen soldiers!

  • #51

    Randy Cox, Lt Col, USAF, ret (Tuesday, 30 May 2017 09:00)


  • #50

    Ned Weisman (Tuesday, 30 May 2017 00:25)

    Your hospitality today was amazing. It made for a fantastic Memorial Day for me.
    I have photos for you.

  • #49

    Jim & Kelly Josway (Monday, 20 March 2017 00:29)

    We had an awesome time riding along with the Condor Squadron today for the Mission San Juan Capistrano flyover! Incredible people, incredible aircraft, incredible mission. As a Navy vet (Jim), I salute you! Thank you.

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  • #47

    Mike Challgren (Thursday, 22 December 2016 11:26)

    Thank you for allowing me to visit your weekly meetings. Since July of 2016, I have had the privilege to meet many Condor Squadron members. Your members have been an inspiration for me and have welcomed me back into the aviation world. The wide diversity that your members bring to this organization make it a cross section of excellence and will enable the Condor Squadron to live on. I hope that I can continue to attend your meetings and hopefully offer my background experiences to the furtherance of the Condors.

    Thanks again,

    Mike Challgren

  • #46

    Paul Keyser (Tuesday, 08 November 2016 19:48)

    I flew with Ray Sparks in his T6 in 1978/79. (I worked with him at the Barden Bearing Corp). We encountered a flock of ducks as we flew over a lake in the desert. The sturdy aircraft was subjected to some serious damage, but Ray's expertise guided her safely home. I have several treasured photos from the experience. If any are interested, I'd be happy to email some copies. Paul Keyser, West Newbury MA. email:

  • #45

    Joseph Herrington (Thursday, 27 October 2016 16:41)

    I know it's been a while since he left but every now and then, I think of him. He was a good guy.

  • #44

    J (Monday, 24 October 2016 15:02)

    I'm a student pilot training at Van Nuys. I've long admired your planes and love watching you fly them. A few weeks ago while doing touch & go's on 16L, three of you were taking off on 16R. I ended up taking off not too far behind and for a brief moment, I felt like my little Cessna was flying formation with you. It made my day! Thank you for everything you do.

  • #43

    Mike Challgren (Saturday, 30 July 2016 11:03)

    Thank you for inviting me to visit your weekly meeting last Wednesday. I enjoyed my visit and got to meet several members. I see that your organization is filled by men with interesting backgrounds and experiences, all with a love for aviation. Although I am not a pilot I have a love for aviation and stay connected with my aviation friends. Aviation has been part of my life since 1973 - I started work with Lockheed Air Terminal and remained there for 28 years.

    Please thank your members for their interest in my wire model work and I hope to visit again in the near future.

    Mike, the wire airplane guy

  • #42

    Sean (Tuesday, 05 July 2016 16:35)

    Saw your flight over Dana Point Harbor for the July 4th holiday. Great sight to see. Someday I will work my way up to fly the AT-6.

  • #41

    Kenneth Palmer (Tuesday, 31 May 2016 23:34)

    Hello, my name is Kenneth Palmer and reside in San Bernardino,C.A. I want you to know that I am very impressed with your collection of videos here along with your squadron's performances at our Memorial Day services yesterday on May 30,2016 over the Mt. View Cemetery as well other past performances. You guys are truly a credit to our aviation's history! Keep 'em flying!

    Kenneth Palmer
    San Bernardino,C.A.

  • #40

    chuck rei (Sunday, 29 May 2016 19:23)

    Great to see that your all still flying. Haven't flown in 15 years. Like to see how my old plane is (63G) If someone has time to send me a picture I'd appreciate it

    Chuck Rei

  • #39

    Robert Osborne (Friday, 13 May 2016 18:25)

    The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission supports your honorable mission.

  • #38

    Jeff C. (Sunday, 20 March 2016 19:04)

    Had a great time at the St. Patricks Day Party! Thanks to Will for the invite and the amazing flight! Condor Squadron is certainly a class act with great people and great scenery!
    God Bless!!!

  • #37

    Ernest S. Cowell (Tuesday, 16 February 2016 20:16)

    Thanks for ALL you do!

  • #36

    Steve "Andy" Merrick (Monday, 15 February 2016 12:21)

    Glad to see the "band still together". Albeit in new and ever evolving incarnations.
    At 45+ years old, I fondly remember growing up under the wings of the Condor T6s with my Mom, Chris. The names of those "Gone West" are the names of my youth. From Dick Sykes and Walter Morrison, Stirwalt, Modes to Jack Quinn (And a dozen others from the 70's). All had at least a brief moment as an uncle figure to me as a lad.
    I can still hear the Roar of the Pratt & Whitneys and can tell by ear what kind of warbird is darting across the skys of the SFV.
    When ever two or more Pratt & Whitneys are gathered..

    Fondly remembering "the Patch". VNY: 2nd home of my youth.

  • #35

    Kevin Duhe (Monday, 16 November 2015 14:17)

    I witnessed 4 of you guys practicing formations over Canyon Country (Santa Clarita) yesterday (11/15/2015). It was awe wife and I watched in amazement as long as we could. Thanks to all of you for your service and keeping history alive!

  • #34

    Mike Sparks (Wednesday, 21 October 2015 18:00)

    Thank You Condor Squadron for your wonderful lifes celebration of your friend and co-pilot our Dad, Ray Sparks on Sunday the 18th. It is still sinking in that he has gone and I too suffered that old Harry Chapin's songs sadness of the "Cats in the Cradle."
    When you think of all the blessings that come our way, Flight is a gift quite unique as you pilots all demonstrated on Sunday. As a child I steered a C-46 across the US at 7 years old (on autopilot) with help of course by my dads friend Pete Renner. As a very young boy I watched the first Boeing 707 cruise across the skies of Seattle dreaming of the what ifs.
    The Sparks family has 5 gifted generations of aviators so far, and as you Condors know the feeling of being in the skies together, I now am reminded of the poem; "High Flight".
    As all of us get above the clouds from time to time, we revel in that feeling of the high blue sky above, and the white soft clouds below. You are alone, and with time and inspiration to think of things as they are and what they can and what they will be. If I may, Think of "High Flight" again next time you are up as your gift from your Grandpa, Dad, or your friend who inspired you to fly.
    As I left you all Sunday afternoon, I thought of Dad, Dick, and All of You, and "High Flight".
    Regards, and Fly Safe!,

    Mike Sparks, Alaska Pilot, 41 Years.

  • #33

    Robert Van den Heuvel (Sunday, 04 October 2015 19:27)

    Rumble... and there you are! I just saw a DC-3 and 6 Condors fly over Porter Ranch... got some of my best shots ever. What a treat after the Oxnard show last weekend, between you guys and Blue Angels. I'll send you some of these shots.

  • #32

    Steve Tice (Sunday, 04 October 2015 14:12)

    Old member took many pictures 1970's 707-479-4046

  • #31

    www bank (Tuesday, 04 August 2015)


  • #30

    Richard G. Wells (Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:25)

    Our Navy SNJ's were my favorite to fly. During the Korean War, I was a US Navy Aerial Photographer. This resulted in many hours flight time and stick time in these little beauties. Ive even done a lot of aerobatics in them with Enlisted pilots and have some great photos OF them! In fact, the first photograph of a Navy photographer is of a SNJ in the hangar at NARTU Memphis. Its a great photo. I have hung out of them with F 56 and K 20 cameras even at 300 ft altitude....without parachute and a gunners belt holding me in! I also have a scale model with proper numbers, etc about six inches long with a little ME beside it and all in a clear plastic box. It is setting on my old ship's flight deck wood. The CVA USS YORKTOWN! I have MANY photos of them.

  • #29

    ROBERT PARKER (Sunday, 05 July 2015 14:56)


  • #28

    DellaMac (Monday, 25 May 2015 13:30)

    My heart be still . . . the sound of the engines as they come overhead. Love, Love, Love this squadron! You make all of us proud to be Americans and thankful for all the soldiers that fight for us and gave their lives for our country. You are America and all that it stands for. Thank you so much for your devotion to duty. It is greatly appreciated and I am deeply grateful.

  • #27

    Bill Minor (Monday, 04 May 2015 13:06)

    I'll miss my dear friend Richard(Rich)Lucia,who was also part of team minor for many years at RNO air races. Rich introduced me to many Condors through the years. Hopefull, we will be back again this year and see Chris and the gang. RIP Rich, and thank you Condors for the M Man flyover!!! Class act gentlemen! Bill

  • #26

    William (Bill) Nickloff (Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:20)

    Wow !! i have just discovered this web site !! I Lived, and have worked in this area since 1937. We live in your landing pattern and the roar of your PW R-1340 engines has us out in the yard for a good look. I was a Mechanic on AT-6's at Williams Field during WW2. I also worked
    on P38s there.
    As a child I lived across from the Grand Central Air Terminal,in Glendale, I became hooked on aircraft. Old Ford Tri-motors, lindbergh, Mary Pickford, Etc. In 1937, I met Amelia Earheart at the Burbank Airport. Fifty years at Lockheed, met many of the Great one's!!

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  • #24

    Bob Stambovsky, USMC ret (Saturday, 07 February 2015 14:18)

    It's good to preserve symbols of democracy. Best wishes.
    Stambo,USMC retired, R&D Jet Warbirds IP, Lancaster, Ca.

  • #23

    Juanita Martinez (Sunday, 01 February 2015 12:28)

    Hello again!
    I am at your site and it is a beautiful Sunday morning and I am sssoooo lucky to be able to watch your beautiful "babies" taking off. OMG, one of your T-6 just started it's engine. I love that sound ....... So pure and what a real plane should sound like. Wow!!
    Juanita :)