Sanders Brothers, Ione

The Sanders Brothers are famous for their aircraft restorations, especially of Hawker Sea Furies, and own and operate the famous Dreadnought, plus several other planes.

We toured their hangars on the private Eagle's Nest Airfield at Ione (pronounced 'eye-own'), and had a great visit, getting up close and personal to the planes (and the impressive collection of cars). We had seen a couple of the aircraft a few days earlier at Chino Airport and during the airshow.

Our visit was on 8th May.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Aeronca 7AC Champion N2583E  
Aeronca 7AC Champion N82360 Marked as 'NACA 993'
Beech H-18 Tri-gear N372PS BA-693 SA USN markings. Volpar nosewheel conversion we also saw at Chino Airport.
Cessna 310P N5711M  
Grumman (GM) TBM-3 Avenger N73642 69329 35 USN ex N700RW
Grumman G-21 Goose Unknown  
Hawker Sea Fury FB11 TG114 H4 BC-L 114 NX19SF (N19SF) Argonaut. Canadian Navy ex CF-OYF,N4763T, N54M, N232
Hawker Sea Fury T20 N20SF (NX20SF) 8 Dreadnought. Part RAF markings. Ex RN VZ368, G-9-3, Burma AF UB-451. We also saw this at Chino Airshow.
Hawker Sea Fury T20 N35SF Ex Iraqi AF 254
Hawker Sea Fury T20S N924G Ex RN VX300, D-FAMI, D-CAMI, G-BCKH, N46990, marked as RN 'ES8502 924'
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star Unknown Gate guard
Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 2986 N45131 USN
North American SNJ-4 (AT-6) Texan 09985 42 N55941 (NR5591) USN
North American T-6G Texan N7689C 49-3274 USAF. We saw this at Chino Airport.
Pilatus P-2 A-116 Swiss AF
Schweizer SGS 2-8 (TG-2) 42-68686 USAF - impressed in 1942 and crashed later that year.
Swearingen SX-300 N330SX  
Thorp T-18 N4782G  

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