Ramona will be first in flight this weekend as the annual airport open house soars into town.
The free event features aircraft of all types, from vintage fighters and experimental planes to firefighting tankers and whirlybirds. In addition to the displays, visitors will get to tour the airport's control tower, CAL FIRE air attack base and Classic Rotors’ helicopter museum.
Also on hand— tricked-out big rig trucks, classic cars, crafts, kids’ games, live music and a guest appearance from Smokey Bear.
Festivities also include a pancake breakfast. The acoustic band “Crossroads” will play classic rock from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be food available to purchase for lunch.
The open house will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the airport, 2926 Montecito Road. Admission and parking are free.
Ramona Airport is one of the County’s eight community airports and also serves as the firefighting air attack base of CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service. CAL FIRE started flying firefighting missions out of the airport in 1957, making Ramona the state fire agency’s oldest air attack base.
Ramona Airport’s flight schools and business will also the open to the public at Saturday’s event.