Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Seaplanes arrive in Lakeport

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Not seen often is a biplane on floats. This high performance plane is a HATZ CB-1 piloted by John Proctor of Glide, Ore. Photo by Harold LaBonte.

 

 

 

LAKEPORT – The annual Seaplane Splash-In made big waves Friday, as seaplanes landed on Clear Lake and taxied into town for this year's event.


From late morning until sundown land-based aircraft were landing at Lampson Field at a rate of four per hour.


The first plane to splash into Lakeport arrived at just after 11 a.m., a perfectly restored 1949 Piper owned by Presten's Aero Photo Service that is used for air-to-air photography.


By 2 p.m. 15 airplanes had ramped out and were parked for public display on the ball field at Natural High School.


As expected, several of the aircraft from last year's event were on hand, including the world's only registered Piper Apache on floats.


Despite this week's change in the weather, the fun is expected to go on as planned throughout the weekend.


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A 1949 Piper owned by Presten's Aero Photo Service was the first plane to splash in Friday at just after 11 a.m. Photo by Harold LaBonte.

 

 

 

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The world's only registered Piper Apache on floats made a return visit to the splash-in this year. Photo by Harold LaBonte.

 

 

 

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At times the traffic was heavy as planes waited for clearance to come ashore. Photo by Harold LaBonte.

 

 

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Owner and pilot coordinator Chuck Kimes left his big plane at home in favor of his prized 1947 Stimson. Photo by Harold LaBonte.
 

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