Douglas MacArthur's former flying headquarters, a Constellation named 'Bataan', has been on static display at Valle airport for over 20 years. Recently acquired for restoration, workers have spent months preparing it for a short flight to Chino, CA, where it will undergo a full restoration before being sent to its new home in Texas. One January 16, 2016, the hard work paid off as all four engines were started and then the plane was fueled in preparation for its short flight. Then, with a small crowd of onlookers, it took off and made a slow circuit of the field before heading West. Seeing it take to the air may be a lifetime event for most of us. Please enjoy the pictures of the event.
Images courtesy of Patrick Kelley