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Mustangs and More event announces vintage aircraft lineup

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Steve Schulte of Rocklin pushes a Thunder Mustang at the Mustangs and More air show at Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville in 2013. The show is coming back in October. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic file)

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From page A5 | August 15, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — World War II-era Mustang fighters, a B-24 Mitchell bomber, a Russian Yak-11, a Grumman FM-2 Navy fighter and a British Navy Hawker Sea Fury will be some of the historic aircraft highlighting this year’s Mustangs and More fly-in Oct. 18 at the Nut Tree Airport.

The annual fundraising event to support the Travis Heritage Center on Travis Air Force Base will bring together a host of vintage aircraft going back to as far as the 1930s along with the pilots who have restored, fly them and love to talk about them.

One of the first aircraft to take to the skies over Solano County, the restored Gonzales Tractor No. 1 biplane, will be on display. It was built in 1912 in a San Francisco bicycle shop and hauled to rural Solano County by train to be flown in the fields east of Vacaville. There will also be a replica World War I-era Fokker VII biplane.

Several Mustang car clubs will have their classic Ford Mustang autos on display. Other vintage autos are also expected to show up, according to organizers.

Travis Heritage Center representatives will be available to talk about volunteering at the center as well as how to arrange visits and guided tours. They will also talk about the extensive historic military aircraft restoration programs now underway at the center.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a per-car fee for parking. All money raised goes to support running the Travis Heritage Center.

For more information, call Larry Smigla at 689-4848 or send him an email at p51smigla@aol.com.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
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  • BobAugust 15, 2014 - 7:26 am

    Just for the fun of it since the paper always gets it correct The B-25, Tondelayo, not a B 24 Liberator will be there FM2 is the Wild Cat If San Francisco had let the Gonzales Brothers fly their plane in the city it WOULD have BEAT the Wright Brothers by 2 days as the first manned flight

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