California Aircraft Expo 2012

October 30, 2012 by  
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California Aircraft Expo 2012 offers aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to view the latest products from California’s leading aircraft manufacturers all at one venue. Manufacturers exhibiting at the event include Cessna, Piper, Diamond, Husky, Hawker Beechcraft, Pilatus, Cirrus, Lancair and more. There will also be representatives from insurance and financial institutions to offer expert advice on the paperwork side of acquiring a private aircraft. For more information visit

Date: 1 December 2012
Time: 10:00-16:00
Venue: Pacific Air Center
City: Long Beach
State: California
Country: United States

Visit the Aerospace Museum of California

October 23, 2012 by  
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Located on the former McClellan Air Force Base in North Highlands, the Aerospace Museum of California features an impressive collection of authentic civilian and military aircraft, along with replicas of space vehicles, thereby preserving the history of the base (which closed in 2001) and neighboring bases such as the non-operational Mather Air Force Base and the still active Beale Air Force Base east of Marysville. Many of the aircraft on display are on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation and the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

The collection at the Aerospace Museum of California includes trainers, fighters, transport and specialized aircraft used by the Navy and USAF between 1940 and the year 2000, highlighting the fantastic progress of aerospace technology over this time period. Visitors will have the opportunity to view propeller driven bi-planes constructed from wood and cloth, contrasted with the triple-sonic, jet powered aircraft crafted from composite materials and metals. Helpful volunteers are always on hand to answer questions and offer interesting information on the museum’s collection and the history of aviation.

Items on display at the museum include one of the original Norden bomb sights used by American bombardiers in World War II, a collection of artworks relating to the US Coast Guard, and a range of restored engines. Visitors can discover what it feels like to be a pilot by means of the museums non-motion flight simulators and a Morphis motion ride simulator. The interactive science exhibit, Fun with Physics, allows participants of all ages to enjoy the wonders of scientific discovery with Mind Bogglers, Newton’s Laws, Simple Machines, Optical Illusions and Demonstrations.

The oldest aircraft in the collection is a 1932 Curtiss-Wright B-14-B ‘Speedwing’ bi-plane, which has been superbly restored. Other aircraft on display include:

Beech UC-45J Expediter

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger

Convair F-106 Delta Dart – The Ultimate Interceptor

Convair VC-131D Samaritan

Douglas A-1E Skyraider

Douglas C-54D Skymaster

Douglas C-53D Skytrooper

Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar

General Dynamics FB-111A Aardvark

Grumman F-14D Tomcat

Grumman HU-16B Albatross

Grumman TS-2A Tracker

Lockheed EC-121D Warning Star

Lockheed F-80B Shooting Star

Lockheed F-104B Starfighter

Lockheed T-33A T-Bird

McDonnell-Douglas F-4C Phantom II

McDonnell-Douglas A-4C Skyhawk I

McDonnell F-101B Voodoo

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17PF Fresco E

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F Fishbed

North American F-86F Sabre

North American F-86L Dog Sabre

North American F-100D Super Sabre

North American T-6G Texan

North American T-28B Trojan

North American T-39A Sabreliner

Pitts Special S-1C

Republic F-84F ThunderStreak

Republic F-105D Thunderchief (THUD)

Sikorsky CH-3E Jolly Green Giant

Taylorcraft L-2M Grasshopper

Vought A-7D Corsair II

The Aerospace Museum of California also has an education program relating to math, science, technology and engineering for students from elementary school through to community college with all its programs meeting the California Education Standards. Moreover, the museum hosts special presentations featuring guest speakers who are experts in their fields, such as NASA astronauts Brian Duffy and Clayton Anderson.

Chico Air Show 2012

September 17, 2012 by  
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Taking place on September 28-30 at the Chico Municipal Airport, the Chico Air Show 2012 is a celebration of a Century of Flight. The action-packed program includes the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 Hornet, Pemberton Aerosports, Team Rocket, Gregory “Wired” Colyer, Warbird Displays and more, with the FlightZone for kids providing edutainment galore. For more information visit

Dates: 28-30 September 2012
Venue: Chico Municipal Airport
City: Salinas
State: California
United States

Cable Air Show 2012

December 13, 2011 by  
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Each year Cable Airport hosts a fantastic air show. This year spectators will be able to view a Cessna 172, 1941 Tiger Moth, Cherokee, Robinson 22 Helicopter and 1930 Standard. Stars of the show will include Rob Harrison (The Tumbling Bear), Frank Donnelly (DrD’s Ole time Aerobatics), Doug Jardine, Sammy Mason, and Clay Lacy. Other activities taking place are involve the Corona RC Club, skydivers, flight demonstrations and a car show.

Date: 7 & 8 January 2011
Time: 10 am
Venue: Cable Airport
State: California
Country: United States of America

Hiller Aviation Museum in California

August 30, 2011 by  
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Those who are passionate about aviation should not miss out on the opportunity to visit the Hiller Aviation Museum when in San Carlos, California, U.S.A. It is located at the San Carlos Airport, and was founded in 1998 by Stanley Hiller Jr. The Hiller Family are not only known for owning Hiller Aircraft Corporation, considered a pioneer of the helicopter, but also for their support of the museum, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian Affiliations Program, as well as preserving the history of the helicopter and various other aircraft.

The idea of establishing the museum was thought of during the 1970s, but to bring their dreams to life a museum building and research centre had to be designed, enabling it to house a variety of exhibits and aircraft. The museum is truly a unique treat for aviation enthusiasts, as it has over forty-five displays to explore, and each display provides detailed information of the vehicle on display. Some of the exhibits include a part of a Boeing 747 (forty-five feet), the homebuilt airplane by Burt Rutan called the Rutan Defiant, the Hiller XH-44, the uncompleted Boeing 2707 (which was to be the Concord’s competition), the “Honeymoon” Fairchild (James Ricklef and the Hiller Flying Platform, which is an 1955 experimental aircraft). The Hiller Aviation Museum also hosts an event called the Vertical Challenge Airshow, which highlights helicopters, with other events including the Remember When World War II Trainer Aircraft Day, Noon Years Party for Kids and the Lecture Series.

Amongst the host of exhibits that range from vintage displays all the way through to futuristic prototypes, visitors will find the Restoration Shop that has large windows, enabling visitors to see the work that is ongoing in regard to restoring exhibits and new additions. One of the most popular features of the Hiller Aviation Museum is the Flight Sim Zone that is enjoyed by visitors of all ages, as it allows visitors to get into the cockpit of numerous aircraft and enjoy the excitement of a realistic simulated flight. The Hiller Aviation Museum is most definitely an adventure, and visitors will be mesmerized by the variety of displays and exhibits featured by the museum.

Wings Over Wine Country

July 5, 2011 by  
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The Wings Over Wine Country Pacific Coast Air Museum Air Show will be an exciting event filled with great activities and attractions. The Schedule includes RC model aircraft, a Beale Air Force Base Military Flyby, mass WWII Warbird Flyby, Team Rocket, Tim Decker Pitts Special, Greg Poe – MX-2 Aerobatics, Greg Colyer “Blue Angels” T-33 Shooting Star and more. The Kids World will boast a number of activities for families and children to enjoy. Visitors will also have the opportunity to climb aboard a number of aircraft. Be sure not to miss this fun-filled event.

Dates: 20 & 21 August 2011
Time: 07:30 am
Venue: Pacific Coast Air Museum
City: Santa Rosa
State: California
Country: United States of America

Hollister Airshow

March 15, 2011 by  
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Taking place on Memorial Day weekend, Hollister Airshow will feature aerobatics, warbirds, a fly-in, aircraft displays, vendors and a raffle. Performers confirmed for this exciting event include Eddie Andreini, Vicky Benzing, Dr. D, Tim Decker, Paul Jennings and Carl Liepold.

Date: 28 & 29 May 2011
Time: 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
Venue: Hollister Municipal Airport
City: Hollister
State: California
Country: United States of America

Cable Air Show 2011

December 21, 2010 by  
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2011 will be the 36th Anniversary of the air show at Cable Airport. Activities at this exciting event will include the Freedom Skydivers, Corona RC Club, Flight Demonstrations, interactive opportunities for children and a car show. Stars of the show include Rob Harrison, Frank Donnelly, Seamus McCoughley, Mike Montgomery, and Steve Stavrakakis.

Date: 8 & 9 January 2011
Time: 8h00
Venue: Cable Airport
State: California
Country: United States of America

California Capital Air Show 2010

August 24, 2010 by  
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The skies over Downtown Sacramento will come alive with breathtaking aerial displays and thrilling fighter jets, as the 2010 California Capital Air Show gets underway. The show will offer visitors the opportunity to browse through vendor stores and exhibits and participate in a variety of activities, but it is the performers that steal the limelight at the shows, and will include Robosaurus, unmanned flights, Tuskegee Airmen, F-22 Raptors and many more.

For more information regarding the California Capital Air Show, visit their official website at

Date: 11 – 12 September 2010
Venue: Mather Field
City: Sacramento, California
Country: United States of America

Search for Gertrude Tompkins Silver

January 20, 2010 by  
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There is nothing more compelling than a mystery story, and the aviation industry has its fair share. On 6 February 2010, well known aviation archaeologist, Pat Macha, will take guests on a journey back in time, and through the annals of history, to the fateful day in 1944, when a P-51 Mustang took off from Los Angeles, piloted by Gertrude Tompkins Silver, never made it to its destination in New Jersey. Macha will also detail his research and findings, in regard to locating the wreckage and pilot, and will also be signing copies of a book he co-authored, Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of California.

After the talk, and being able to question Macha, guest will be treated to a demonstration by a P-51 Mustang. For more information, visit the Planes of Fame Air Museum website at

Date: 6 February 2010
Venue: Planes of Fame Air Museum
City: Chino, California
Country: United States of America

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