Volunteer group Friends of Tehachapi Airport, the City of Tehachapi and Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District have partnered together to bring a day of fun to Tehachapi Municipal Airport.
If you have lived in Tehachapi any time at all, you have occasionally heard or seen one of the wonderful World War II aircraft arriving or departing the airport. These aircraft have a distinctive sound and look that sets them apart. On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Tehachapi community will have the opportunity to get up close to approximately 10 such aircraft. The photos that accompany this article are examples of the type of aircraft that will be on display.
The day begins with a 5K Run on the airport property and a 1-mile Kids Fun Run on the Tehachapi runway. You may contact TVRPD for registration information about the run.
At 10 a.m., the aircraft will begin arriving. Following the arrival of all aircraft there will be the opportunity to walk around, take photos and ask questions of the pilots for a couple of hours. Several of the aircraft will be doing flybys from 1 until 2 p.m. Along with the aircraft, there will be displays of various military vehicles and memorabilia from one of the pilots of the Doolittle Raiders. Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club will be selling food and Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District will have their beer garden available.
With any event held, funds are an important part. Many of the aircraft will be flying some distance to take part in our fly-in; it is our desire to provide each aircraft with 100 gallons of fuel as a thank you. Our goal is to raise $7,500 to cover the cost of the fuel. We have received generous donations from businesses and individuals toward this goal and to date we have received approximately $4,000 in pledges. Won't you join us with a donation of $100, $500 or more? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-5123 for more information.
The event is open to the public and is free. Plan to arrive early and enjoy a beautiful day at our very own Tehachapi Municipal Airport.