Tuesday, June 3, 2008

To all Aero club members.

There are two local activities coming up the next couple of weeks that should be interesting to attend. June 6-8 is the Golden West (EAA WEST Coast Regional) Fly-In in Marysville, and the Fathers Day Fly-in (breakfast) on June 15 at Benton, Redding. I have a commitment this Saturday at the Rocket Fly-In in Bakersfield so we are heading down to Marysville on Friday, Time has not been decided yet, I am trying to find out if there is any Breakfast being served, I will let you know of the time later in the week.

Maybe we can all fly out next Sunday to Benton for breakfast.

Good Flying


Golden West Fly-In

When most people think airshows, they think of of small airplanes, aerobatics and military aircraft. This year's Golden West Regional Fly-in and Airshow will feature something completely different, a piece of living commercial flight history. Visitors will get to see and hear a vintage '50's Douglas DC-6A Cloudmaster, widely regarded as the best piston engine airliner ever built. "The Six," as it's referred to by its owners, was built in Santa Monica, California in 1958. It also just happens that she will turn 50 years old on the last day of the Golden West Regional Fly-in which runs from June 6 8 at Yuba County Airport (MYV), open 8:00 AM 5:00 PM (0800 1700) all three days.

"The golden age of air travel will come alive for visitors of all ages, when they experience the sight and sound of this iconic 1950s airliner," said John Gibson, Golden West Aviation Association president. "The Six will perform a flight demonstration each day of the fly-in, and will be on static display between performances,"

Based in the UK, The Six spent the first years of its career carrying tourists to exotic locations around the world. It also shuttled rockets from the UK to Australia in support of Britain's space program. She was then based in the Middle East before relocating to the UK in 1987, carrying freight until 2004.

Withdrawn from cargo-hauling duty, The Six played a cameo role in the James Bond film Casino Royale and also drew accolades on the airshow circuit.

"This isn't a pristine museum-quality restoration," said Julian Firth, Captain, G- APSA, Air Atlantique Classic Flight, the organization that keeps The Six in the air. "We aim for authenticity, and today The Six is a genuine, hardworking propliner that has changed little since her last commercial flight."

The Six cruises at 240 mph, with a top speed of 350 mph. She can takeoff and land on a runway as short as 1,200 m and is powered by four Pratt & Whitney R2800 CB3 Double Wasp radial 18-cylinder engines, each producing 2,500 bhp. Additional details about the airliner and the organization are available at www.thedc6.com .

The Golden West Regional Fly-in will feature an airshow, forums and workshops. The Golden West Aero MallTM will have exhibits by manufacturers of the latest aircraft, avionics and pilot supplies. The Kid QwestTM hangar will provide hands-on aviation related activities for children of all ages.

Fathers Day Fly-IN

Redding EAA Chapter 157 will be putting on "Aviation Day 2008" on Sunday, June 15, 2008, Fathers Day, at Benton Field (O85) in Redding, CA, from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is free. Ham, eggs and pancake breakfast will be served from 7:00 am to 11:00 am. $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. There will be airplane rides and helicopter rides available and lots of homebuilt and vintage aircraft on display.

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