Cessna O-2A Skymaster aka “Oscar Deuce”, this is such a quirky plane and one of the few aircraft to use the push-pull configuration. I saw this plane during the Bluebonnet Airshow at Burnet Municipal Airport in March 2023. It flew around the airport for a bit and even demonstrated a “grenade drop”, with an explosion provided by some pyrotechnics in the background.
This particular frame had quite the life (frame history taken from www.warbirdregistry.org) History: Delivered to USAF as 67-21383, 1967. Assigned to NKP, Thailand, 1967-1971. Tranferred to Bien Hoa, South Vietnam, 1971-1974. Transferred to Michigan ANG, Battle Creek, MI, 1974-1980. Retired and stored, 1980-1996. Unknown Owner, 1996-2001. Restored to airworthy, Karen Adams Brinkley, San Antonio, TX, 2001-2005.
Registration Number: N1166B Serial Number: 67-21383
Back in August, it was announced that the Battleship Texas (Hull BB35) was going to be moved from San Jacinto Battleground in La Porte TX to a dry dock in Galveston TX.
Once I heard the news, of course I had to take a day off work a drive all the way there to see her move. Had to wake up at 4AM trying to make it in time to see her go under the Fred Harman Bridge, but unfortunately she was going under the bridge while I was barely arriving into Houston.
Even though I had missed her going under the bridge, I had more than enough time to setup at Sea Wolf Park in Galveston to see her go by.
She was being towed by several tug boats and the whole journey took about 10 hrs from San Jacinto to the dry dock. I did get a pretty bad sunburn while waiting at the pier at Sea Wolf Park.
The Battleship Texas Foundation post regular updates on their website and YouTube page. There is no news regarding where she is going to be moved once dry dock work is done, I’m really hoping it stays in Houston but moving her next to USS Lexington in Corpus Christi wouldn’t be a bad idea either. (A family member jokingly said that they should move her to Lady Bird Lake in Austin lol).
Earlier this month I went to the airport to pickup a family member and do a bit of plane spotting. This time I went to the Blue parking garage, the view there was pretty good but the distance between where I was and runway 18R was still a bit much for my 70-200.
Will have to give this place a shot again once I get a longer lens (I’m looking at you Tamron 150-500).
Thanks for making it down this far, I need to get back into photography and posting here but this past year I just haven’t been feeling that motivated to do so, lots of things happening which did not help.