April 22, 2014 > Hayward Executive Airport Open House salutes heroes
Hayward Executive Airport Open House salutes heroes
Submitted By Doug McNeeley
Hayward Executive Airport will hold its seventh annual Open House on Saturday, April 26, offering the community a look into the life of the airport and its resources.
Originally a World War II (WWII) fighter base, Hayward Executive Airport is home to over 300 private aircraft. Lifesaving emergency medical flights, law enforcement flights to protect our neighborhoods, and other community services originate at the airport. Hayward Executive Airport is financially self-sufficient, contributing over $300 million in annual economic benefits to the community.
The seeds for the Open House were planted when a group of pilots got together and decided a first-hand look at their operations would be a good outreach to the community, especially to inspire kids to investigate careers in aviation. Invitations were extended to those they knew in the community, and an annual event took root. The City of Hayward has partnered with local organizations to make the event bigger and better, and attendance grows with each year; 3,800 people turned out for last years Open House.
Under the theme Salute our Heroes, this yearÕs attendees will enjoy a large display of classic aircraft, warbirds, vehicles, corporate jets, and helicopters. An appearance is scheduled by a number of Tuskegee Airmen, who volunteered to become Americas first black military pilots in WWII. Free airplane rides will be available for children between the ages of 8 and 17 courtesy of Vintage Aircraft Association Chapter 29. Flights are first come, first served, so get to the airport as early as possible to get your childÕs name on the list.
Get a close-up view of military, media, vintage, and private aircraft and take a tour of the FAA Air Traffic Control Tower. Take a look inside the historic B-17 Flying Fortress ÒMemphis BelleÓ for a nominal fee, or take a flight youÕll never forget. Owned and operated by The Liberty Foundation, flights are $450 per person and can be arranged on site or in advance by calling (918) 340-0243 or visiting http://www.libertyfoundation.org/index.html.
Displays by the Hayward Police Department, Hayward Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Stanford Medical Life Flight, and others are planned. Vintage muscle cars will also be on display courtesy of the Self Made Campaign Car Club. DJ Ken Soffiotto provides the music for the day, and delicious food will be available by Round Table Pizza, The Mexican Restaurant, and Heaven-In-A-Cup.
The ÒOpen HouseÓ is sponsored by the Bay Area Black Pilots Association; EEA Vintage Chapter 29; East Bay Aviators, Inc.; Hayward Executive Airport; MALTA; and Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. For more information, please visit the airport website at www.haywardairport.org or call (510) 293-8678.
Saturday, Apr 26
10 a.m. Ð 4 p.m.
Hayward Executive Airport
20301 Skywest Dr, Hayward
Free admission and parking