This weekend is the annual Watsonville Fly-In and Air Show. I'll be heading down on Sunday to see the sites and man the booth/display for the Hollister Gliding Club (HGC) and the Bay Area Soaring Associates (BASA). There will be a glider fly-by (the Duo Discus) on Saturday and Sunday. The Duo will be on display the rest of the time.
I'll take some pictures of the sites.
Anyone reading this planning to go?
Oh, the reason I thought to bring this up is that some of the WWII war birds seem to be arriving already. They've been flying around Moffett Field today. My theory is that they're flying to Moffett where they'll stay until the show. Then they'll fly down to Watsonville to make their appearances.
For what it's worth, I once landed a glider at Watsonville. That was a fun day--I got to fly a loop then too. :-)
Posted by jzawodn at May 19, 2003 08:56 PM
Ah, the annual air show. That explains the warbird (B-52?) that left the Moffet pattern on a right 45 and flew low-and-slow over us late this afternoon. The engines didn't sound too good.
Once or twice I've seen beautiful vintage (are there any other kind?) B-17s' flying low over the Hudson on their way to airshows surrounding Memorial Day festivities here in NYC. A beautiful sight...
Then there was the time (July 4, three years ago) that a B-2 Spirit (large stealth, bat-like bomber) appeared in my rearview mirror while driving up the West Side Highway!
Those two vintage WWII planes were here since last Thursday through yesterday, I believe. The SJ Mercury ran a short story about them and the Collings Foundation, a non-profit which keeps these planes running and tours the country. For a donation of $400, you could have taken a short ride in one around the bay. Maybe next year...
I wish I had known. Next year I'll have to go for a ride. :-)
Oh man. How many pilots would love to have "0.1 hours, B-52" in their logbooks?