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This be the first batch of photos from Kenny Chapman. Cap'n Chapman has been so kind as to send in a few of his oldies.

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14-year-old dreamer. My first year at HVFS. 1967 20-year-old co-pilot for Rusty Foster T-83 Ramona 1973
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Me and Lloyd Cliff. Hemet 1973 after Rusty and I lost number one. Floyd Waklee and Jim Venable the day the first S-2 was flown out of the desert to Hemet by Ken Otten. Fall 1972
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The kid on the left is me with my first airplane. The kid on the right is Lt. Col. Ray Priest USMC (RET), former commander of VMFA323 Deathrattlers. The man in the middle is Waldon Weaver, who taught me and 8 million other people the joy of flying. 1973 Larry Hill, when he was based at Chino, California. Hemet 1966
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Double TBM drop, Hemet 1972. Walt Johnson and John Payton Double S-2 drop, Columbia 1974. Pete Hansen and Kenny Chapman T-77, Walt Darran and Bob Lind T-76. Photo by Capt. Sandy Nies CDF (RET)
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Walt Darran in T-76. Columbia 1974 Hemet 1976. Left to right, Dudley Westlake, Mikey Venable, Guy Exon, Joe Sult, Clyde Wecker, Homer Mercer, Rick Hoffman.

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