1942 Boeing Stear­man

The 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane, owned by Mojave pilots Diane Barney and Dustin Mosher, took part in aerial commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, in September 2020 in Hawaii. The airplane, used as a World War II Navy trainer, was transported to Hawaii on board a Navy amphibious assault ship. Barney will share details of the trip during today’s Plane Crazy Saturday event at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

MOJAVE — In August 2020, Mojave pilots Diane Barney and Dustin Mosher took their 1942 Boeing Stear­man biplane to Hawaii to take part in aerial celebrations for the 75th anniversary of V-J Day, the end of World War II battles with Japan.

The Stearman, a World War II Navy trainer airplane, was ferried from San Diego across the Pacific aboard the USS Essex amphibious assault ship, joined by about a dozen other World War II warbirds. All were transported to Pearl Harbor for the commemoration, which included flyovers of the USS Missouri, the battleship where the Japanese surrender was made official, on Sept. 2, 1942.

Barney, who is president of the Mojave Air and Space Port Board of Directors, will share the story of this trek, today, at the airport.

Her talk will begin at 11 a.m. in the Board Room, in the Administration Building at the end of Airport Boulevard.

The program is part of Plane Crazy Saturday, a monthly gathering of aviation enthusiasts pre­sent­ed by the Mojave Transportation Museum Foun­dation.

The free, family-friend­ly educational event feat­ures a flight line filled with aircraft of varied types and vintages, avail­able for visitors to see up-close.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ad­mis­sion to the flight line with its displays is through the Voy­ager restaurant, in the Administration buil­ding. The restaurant opens for break­fast at 8 a.m.

Dogs and other an­im­als, other than ser­vice animals, are not per­mitted on the flight line.

Barney’s presentation is a last-minute substitution for the previously-scheduled talk by Jeff Bryant about maintaining the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Bryant’s program will be rescheduled at a later date, organizers said.

Seating for the 11 a.m. presentation is limited. Donations to support the museum foundation are appreciated.

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