VACAVILLE — Not only will World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighters be on hand at this year’s Mustangs & More gathering at the Nut Tree Airport on Oct. 12, but also at least a dozen other vintage military and civilian aircraft, according to organizers.
The event has been an annual standard for the airport for several years to honor one of the most successful fighters of World War II and popular racing aircraft, the North American P-51 Mustang.
Mustangs & More runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is sponsored by the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Foundation and raises money for the Travis AFB Heritage Center. The foundation is working to raise enough money to purchase land next to the airport to build its facility.
Scheduled aircraft appearances will include nine Mustangs, as well as a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter, Russian Yak-9 and Yak-11 fighters, and a Grumman FM-2 Navy fighter, all from the World War II era. There will also be antique and classic aircraft such as the Boeing PT-17 Stearman and the Vultee BT-13 Valient aircraft.
This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the construction of the North American AT-6 trainer, nicknamed The Pilot Maker. The event will host members of the North American Trainer Association.
A twin-engine Mitchell B-25 bomber, similar to the aircraft that carried out the daring 1942 Doolittle bombing raid on Tokyo, will be on static display.
For those interested in getting an overhead view of the event and the surrounding countryside, rides will be available in a C-45 Twin Beech, a 1929 Travelaire biplane and a North American AT-6.
At least three car clubs will bring their own beautifully cared for Mustangs and other classic cars to the event. The Military Vehicle Collectors of California will bring their vehicles and will be dressed in historical uniforms.
Groups such as the P-38 Fighter Association, Travis Air Force Base’s Tuskegee Airmen chapter and the Women’s Pilot Association will have information booths on site. A wide assortment of book, memorabilia and food vendors will be there.
“It should be pretty good,” said Larry Smigla, one of the organizers. “We are hoping for our best year yet.”
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