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.
jasmine (Wednesday, 30 August 2017 00:38)
Thank you for the hard work and dedication. Keep it up and stay safe!
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.
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!
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!!!!
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!
Randy Cox, Lt Col, USAF, ret (Tuesday, 30 May 2017 09:00)
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.
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.
Pijat panggilan jakarta timur (Sunday, 12 March 2017 13:56)
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
Robert Osborne (Friday, 13 May 2016 18:25)
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission supports your honorable mission.
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!
Ernest S. Cowell (Tuesday, 16 February 2016 20:16)
Thanks for ALL you do!
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.
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 inspiring...my wife and I watched in amazement as long as we could. Thanks to
all of you for your service and keeping history alive!
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
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.
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.
Steve Tice (Sunday, 04 October 2015 14:12)
Old member took many pictures 1970's 707-479-4046
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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.
ROBERT PARKER (Sunday, 05 July 2015 14:56)
SAW THE FLYOVER OF THE SAN CLEMENTE PIER ON THE 4TH OF JULY 2015. SPECTACULAR, MOVING AND THRILLING. CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH. KEEP IT GOING. THANKS!
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.
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
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!!
pijat panggilan pusat jakarta (Monday, 23 February 2015 22:07)
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.
Juanita Martinez (Sunday, 01 February 2015 12:28)
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 (Tuesday, 23 December 2014 09:33)
I was lucky enough to watch your squadron take off towards Santa Paula for Veteran's Day. The day before, I had met one of your pilots (Ed)
who was kind enough to reveal some very interesting information about your T-6 which are so utterly beautiful!! I have dubbed them, 'the Babies.'
Every Saturday morning, we drive by the Van Nuys Airport just to admire 'the Babies.'
I do not know when and how often the T-6s are on their next flight. Is there a schedule that is available for the joy of watching your T-6 take off?
Thank you for your time.
Upland Travelers Club (Friday, 29 August 2014 12:20)
Thank you for being part of the club's visit to the Van Nuys Airport on August 28, 2014. We enjoyed your invitation to see your memorabilia, vintage planes, and unforgettable stories.
Larry Sumner (Monday, 25 August 2014 02:30)
I used to enjoy the performances of the squadron at airshows during late seventies and eighties. Sad to know that so many of the members have passed. Thank you for keeping the squadron alive. There
is nothing more moving than the sound of multiple T-6s in formation. My all time favorite aircraft.
Benjamin Lupu (Friday, 20 June 2014 15:31)
I look forward to attending more of your Wednesday meetings and supporting your group in the months to come. If you don't do this, who will?
Keep up the great work!
Robert Van den Heuvel (Wednesday, 18 June 2014 21:18)
Gents, I love your planes and I run outside every time they buzz over our house here. In the last couple years I've taken to photographing your squadron as it flies over Porter Ranch. Today I got one
of my best ever shots at roughly 1200mm/85x? (using a bridge camera; a DSLR can hardly reach such magnifications). I miss the days when you flew 8-9 planes all at once. Reminds me of the CAF squadron
in Oxnard; they have a P-51. Saw the Nine-Oh-Nine about 2 months back and the Liberator as well. Take care now, wish I could fly along. Had some flight training as a kid.... I miss it so much. I love
the cultural experience you bring to our "town".
jack keady (Sunday, 08 June 2014 16:19)
Thanks to everybody who welcomed me Saturday June 7 to ride with Carter. Both the pre and post briefings were very interesting and, of course it was the ride of a lifetime. The precision of formation
flying and the dedication of every pilot to do their absolute best will long be remembered.
If anyone wants to subscribe to my occasional flying videos and news, please let me know at email@example.com
David S. Diaz (Tuesday, 11 March 2014 12:43)
Gents, I would like to forward my greatest appreciation of your support for 2LT Walter D. Ehlers’, the last living Medal of Honor recipient who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day, funeral at Riverside
National Cemetery on 8 March, 2014. I was on the ground at the memorial site and you all truly came through with flying colors. The sound of you all inbound and the subsequent flyover helped bring me
back to what I imagine the atmosphere was like on 9 and 10 September, 1944 when then Staff Sergeant Ehlers fought to defeat his enemy in the forests and fields of Goville, France. I know his family
appreciated it as well considering Mrs. Ehlers watched you fly over and then she turned around and watched you fly away until you were out of sight over the horizon. Your willingness to support
events like this, on short notice, does not go unnoticed and I'm sure all of the Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division and 18th Infantry Regiment appretiate your support.
Chris T. Schaefer (Saturday, 08 March 2014 15:41)
You know lucky I am!???....a diamond-shaped flight just flew over my haus (near Glenoaks and Alameda, Glendale, CA) of the beautiful North American T-6/SNJ Texans....must have been The Condor
Squadron because they looked like they came from KVNY! USA #1!!! Go, Cat, Go!!!.........(I got you on my DONATE list for the next coming months when I can spring some bucks)!
Rick Marsh (Monday, 24 February 2014 23:52)
I enjoyed the historical pictures of the squadron building that I helped build back around 1969 when I was 17. I worked with my father Ray Marsh and Dick Sykes who are in a few pictures along with me
in the background with a shovel. I spent many of my weekends with my father and the WW II fighter pilots at Van Nuys airport. One of greatest moments when I met Clay Lacy and others that would fly in
the Reno air races which I attended too. I joined the squadron in 1971 spend time as an observer in the AT-6 until I picked up several hours flying the AT-6 from the front seat in my fathers aircraft
N2861G. Being a member of squadron 135 and helped with the Condor cadet squadron gave me enjoyment and accomplishment. Most of the other WW II fighter pilots I spent a lot of time with were part of
the greatest generation and was proud to have met them. Today every chance I get I would drive to Van Nuys and go by the squadron to reminisce about one of the best times I had as a young man..
Connie Brennan Barone (Saturday, 04 January 2014 09:43)
Just read in the Watertown Daily Times (NY) an article about your organization and Mr. Sykes a P-38 pilot. My uncle Donald Brennan was a P-38 pilot in the "Dynamite Gang" 367th Fighter group, and
contributed reminiscences and photos for Richard Groh's 1983 book about their group. In recent years I have tried to locate places in France where they were located and had an opportunity to see the
monument at their Normandy area airfield. I know the Paris hotel, and even the floor, where they stayed on leave. The hotel is still in business. Does anyone have information on a place where they
stayed called Le Chateau Cormicy, a 1920s reconstructed building near Juvincourt close to Reims. My uncle painted "nose art." So, while staying at the chateau he painted wall and ceiling murals. I
would like to locate the property to learn if the murals still exist. Thanks.
William(N)Zuendt (Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:04)
Keep them flying. I have been wondering what happened to the SNJ that I was flying out of Barren Field Pensacola in Aug.1943 that caused the Throttle to stick at 500 RPM. I was joining up on a 12
plane right echelon-chopped the throttle-joined up and when I applied throttle found out that it could not be advanced.My fellow cadet in the rear seat (Donald C. White) and I tried to free it but
ended up Bailing out about 50 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.I was rescued by a PT yard boat just before Dark and White was rescued by a PBY the next AM. White did not survive the war. I saw service
as a TBF/TBM pilot doing close support to the the Marine Corp on IWO and Okinawa. I was not charged with pilot error(rarity) . Would like to know why it happened before I'm catapulted into the
unknown. Now 90 yrs. young.
Steve Tice (Thursday, 26 December 2013 11:59)
Hi Guys, Was a member in late 70's and early 80's as a photo Joe. Steve
David Vandervoet (Wednesday, 25 December 2013 15:53)
My father was an AT-6 instructor at Pecos Air Field in 1944 and 1945. He had many stories of flyingf the At-6 including wheels-up landings and flying through clouds and throwing out streamers of
Talitha Wegner (Monday, 16 December 2013 14:49)
Thank you to the Condor Squadron for performing a personalized flyover on December 15, 2013 for my client, Richard H. Walker, a decorated WWII Air Force Veteran. There are no words to express his joy
at watching the Condor Squadron fly over and formation. Many of Mr. Walker's fondest memories are from his time in the Air Force - although the gravity of his task as a bombardier still haunts him to
this day. Your generosity in working with us to make this happen for Mr. Walker - while he is alive to enjoy it - means so much to all of us who care for him. Sincerely, thank you from the bottom of
my heart. Talitha
Bill Acosta (Friday, 22 November 2013 11:43)
My Uncle, Robert Chavira, is retired Air Force. He's worked with radial engines his entire career. He was crew chief for the old C-47, AKA Gooney Bird. He crewed the first C-47's to be ferried to
Kansas to be converted to "Spooky." He took the first flight over to Vietnam to introduce them to Charlie. I don't think they appreciated his introduction. The Condor Squadron will be doing a fly
over at his service at Riverside Arlington Memorial Cemetery and in my heart is the best honor I could give him for his service to this country. God Bless the Condor Squadron for what they do for our
Vets. Thanks. Bill Acosta.
Michael Fender (Saturday, 09 November 2013 22:37)
My friends dad Ray Marsh was in the Condor Squadron and had a T6. My self and Rick use to go there and help mow the lawn and do odd jobs for Mr. Marsh and Mr. Sykes some 45 years ago in the late
60's. It was some good times. To this day I'm hooked on restored T6 Texans.
Steve Tice (Wednesday, 16 October 2013 22:08)
I was a member in the late 70's and early 80's. Great group! Have many pictures from this time!
Ben Gardiner (Friday, 05 July 2013 13:31)
My story is to long to put here but I was in the Korean war. I installed a spotting rocket that I invented on the T6 AC that saved the pilots from having to may several runs to get a rocket to work.
The pilots were being shot up through their parachutes. I also installed a thirty caliber machine gun and was ready to shoot down BED CHECK CHARLIE, whom was throwing small bombs and hand grenads at
us duing the night. Unfortunly a Corser dropped his gear and lowered his flaps to slow down and blew him out of the sky. The T6 is one of favorits. Maybe some day I wiil drive to you base and enjoy
your group.(please excues spelling bad typing fingers)
Marco Lima (Tuesday, 04 June 2013 14:45)
I do not know what happens to me when I see a T-6 ... My heart races, my chest tightens, my eyes fill with tears. I am completely in love with the T-6. I'm from Brazil, and in my city has a squad
that has the demo Fantastic T-6 9 (http://www.circoaereo.com.br/extreme/).
Congratulations to all the Condor Squadron and hope, maybe one day, congratulate them personally.
Sharon J. O. Morris (Friday, 26 April 2013 15:50)
Great job guys. We are honored to know you and to be a part of what you do.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Sunday, 17 February 2013 21:21)
I met one of your members last week at the "Saving Lincoln" premiere at the
Leimmelle Theater in Beverly Hills. He spoke of the Condor Squadron and
the former founder Mr. Sykes of Toluca Lake. I belong to the
Toluca Lake Home Owners Association... and this made me proud to know that
this Squadron was founded by such a fine gentleman.
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