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 [email protected]
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