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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Blue Angels

They're one of the most famous air squadrons in the world -- serving as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors not only for our Navy, but for our country. We're talking about the Blue Angels who, since first formed in 1946, have been demonstrating their flying skills and maneuvers to literally millions of spectators each year. And for over 30 years the Blue Angels have been a part of "California's Gold." Since 1967 the squadron has spent the winter at Naval Air Facility, El Centro, training pilots and new crew members. The good weather and open spaces make this a perfect place to practice and, over the years, squadron members have become a welcome part of the community in Imperial County during their three months of intensive preparation for the 70 air shows they fly each season. On this particular adventure host Huell Howser accepts an invitation to spend a couple of days with the Blue Angels and ends up not only watching them train, but actually gets to go up with them in an F/A18 Hornet for the ride of a lifetime. Huell also meets former Blue Angel pilots who talk about the "good old days," and visits with local citizens who talk about the pride the community of El Centro feels in having the squadron there each winter. All in all, it's a fast-paced, high- powered, high altitude adventure in search of "California's Gold."

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Barack Obama's California College Days

Join Huell as he gets the Presidential tour of Occidental College in Eagle Rock, where Barack Obama spent his Freshman and Sophomore years.
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Huell Pulls up a Chair at the State's Oldest Operating Saloon

Huell rides through the middle of California history on this visit to Beal's Cut and Groveland, CA.
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Huell Discovers the Tallest Bridge in California

Join Huell on this spontaneous adventure through north and central California, including the tallest bridge in California and a town called Cool.
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Huell Watches as Trout are Dropped from an Airplane into High Sierra Mountain Lakes

Before the advent of the airplane, trout were "planted" in hundreds of California Lakes by horseback.
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Huells Rides the Rails into Mexico

Huell rides into Mexico on the famous Tecate Train.
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Huell Gets to See the Last Spike of the Transcontinental Railroad

On May 10, 1869, the Last Spike of the Transcontinental Railroad was ceremonially driven into a polished California Laurel railroad tie at Promontory, Utah. Huell learns about its mysterious disappearance and re-discovery.
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Huell Learns About the Largest Train Ferry Ever Built

The Solano train ferry shuttled trains and passengers back and forth between Port Costa and Benicia.
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Huell Meets Traveler, the Legendary USC Trojan Mascot

In this one-hour episode, Huell discovers the rich history behind the legendary USC Trojan mascot, and meets the people who have loved and cared for this special horse over the years.
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