Watsonville Fly In

Watsonville hosts an antique plane fly in every Memorial Day weekend. It's a lot of fun, especially for aviation enthusiasts. They typically have mostly classic general aviation planes (old Cessnas and Piper Cubs), but there's also a smattering of very interesting War Birds, primarily from the World War II era.

2003 Fly-In

2002 Fly-In

The Grumman Mallard, an amazing R/V!

A Spartan Executive: What the CEO of Reardon Steel would have used to fly himself around in...

A Russian Yak fighter. Very pretty aircraft with cool art deco details like those chrome wing inlets...

Lots of old cars were there too. I had to take this Oldsmobile for my Father-In-Law who is an Olds man...

Beech Staggerwing. One of the most beautiful personal airplanes there is...

Ryan STA. Used as a trainer, it would be loads of fun to fly this open cockpit sportster. This one sports a beautiful polished metal finish.

There was a cool display of WWII military vehicles. I fell in love with this Dodge 4WD truck that friend Steve is standing in front of...

Another shot of the Dodge...

An amazing rarity: 50's vintage twin rotor helicopter. Powered by a giant radial engine in back. I can't believe this thing is still flying!

It goes 110 mph and has a range of 250 miles. I bet it makes a heck of a racket too!

Part 2...

 
All material 2001-2006, Robert W. Warfield.