There used to be a couple of guys with L-39s at McCollum that would tear up the skies over Kennesaw every so often. They usually flew them to shows for static display, though, but those gooney birds were a lot of fun to watch! More recently, I’ve made acquaintance with some of the guys restoring these old birds out at the Planes of Fame museum in Chino. It’s a lot of love that goes into these machines…and a lot of money!
Privately owned warbirds still soar because of the efforts of a few dedicated folks.