One regret I have today is that I didn't take many photographs during my years at Chino. More pictures would be nice...40 year old memories tend to fade...or get more and more embellished with time
Of course cameras were not ubiquitous as today, and getting pictures developed was a chore. But I went through a trunk of memorabilia in the basement this morning, and found an album with some photos I took. I will post them here a little at a time as time allows. I'm going to go through the album front to back so things will come up in no particular order. I don't know what the 500K limit will allow so I may have to resize them for the forum, but if any of you are interested in any in the original scan size maybe I can provide them directly.
This first tranche is from what must have been around 1976 or so. A company was filming a made-for-TV movie called "The Amazing Howard Hughes" starring a then little known actor called Tommy Lee Jones. My friend and consummate airport bum Al Redick was working for TallMantz Aviation at the time and they had the contract to provide the aircraft and flying scenes for the movie's rendition of Hughes filming "Hell's Angels". This was at Flabob airport outside of Riverside, Calif.
They needed some grunt work done on set (pushing planes around, minor servicing, etc.) and Al asked me if I wanted a couple days work. So the pictures are of a movie set of a movie set.
I met Frank Tallman at the end of the gig. I had replaced a cracked plexiglass windscreen on one of his biplanes after a ham-handed actor pushed down on it while climbing out of the cockpit. Mr. Tallman thanked me, shook my hand and tipped me a 20.
Not quite sure what caught my eye in the next one