6 aircraft over SM – Culver City Observer

By David Ganezer

May 12, 21: The roar of six vintage airplanes writing sky could be seen over Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon. Many local residents noticed the squadron of aircraft, which occasionally laid out contrails. But where did they come from?

The LA Times notes that eight AT-6 / SNJ Texans are stationed at Van Nuys Airport. “Condor Squadron pilots … and its members own eight AT-6 / SNJ Texans, one of the largest collections in the country.”

Santa Monica is home to California’s oldest airport, Clover Field, which is over 100 years old. Unfortunately, it’s in close proximity to residential buildings built during WWII and is slated to close forever in 2030.

Skywriting is the process of using one or more small airplanes that can emit special smoke while in flight to fly in specific patterns that create ground-readable writing, Wikipedia says.

These messages can be advertisements, general celebration or goodwill messages, personal messages such as marriage proposals and birthday wishes, or protest rallies.

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