2013 Golden West Regional Fly-in & Airshow June 7-9


4The Golden West Regional Fly-in & Airshow is gearing up for its 2013 event scheduled for June 7, 8 & 9, 2013 at the Yuba County Airport in Olivehurst, California.

This year’s show, entitled, “Dawn of Aviation in the West” introduces a challenge to aviation history and will be showcasing the first look at the full size replica of the Montgomery Flyer, a glider that was flown by John Montgomery in 1883, a full 20 years before the Wright Brothers’ famous flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Aviation historian and co-author of “Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West,” Craig Harwood will give a presentation detailing the achievements of Montgomery and the place of the American West in the history of aviation.

Balloon-deployed Montgomery glider being launched in Santa Clara, CA in 1883.
Balloon-deployed Montgomery glider being launched in Santa Clara, CA in 1883.
In addition to Montgomery’s accomplishments, Golden West will be recognizing a major milestone in military aviation history, the 100 year anniversary of the oldest aviation unit in the U.S. Military. The 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale AFB, CA, was originally founded in 1913 at Texas City, Texas as the 1st Aero Squadron. The squadron was established to provide aerial support to General John “Blackjack” Pershing’s expedition into Mexico while in pursuit of Generalissimo Pancho Villa.

Golden West brings aviation enthusiasts from all over the West gathering to celebrate their shared love of flight, remember those lost in years past, and celebrate our future in aviation technology. Pilots of all types of aircraft from Light Sport to our military are expected to participate in this fly-in and air show which will be open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM all three days and feature a daily pancake breakfast, forums and workshops. The “Kid Qwest Hangar” will provide aviation-related hands on activities for kids of all ages and their Young Eagles program will be scheduling flights for kids ages 8-17. Each day an aerobatic airshow will take place featuring Eddie Andreini and his P-51, Bill Cornick, Spencer Suderman, Vicky Benzing, Dr. D, the West Coast Ravens, Carl Liepold, and many others.

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