The annual Ramona Air Fair & Fly-In. Courtesy Air Group One
The annual Ramona Air Fair & Fly-In. Courtesy Air Group One

Look to the sky Saturday as the Ramona Air Fair & Fly-in kicks off at San Diego County’s Ramona Airport.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15, visitors to the annual event will have the chance to get close-up looks at vintage WWII airplanes, experimental aircraft, helicopters and firefighting air tankers and tour the airport’s air tower. They’ll also get to watch the Red Eagles Formation Display Team fly at noon and listen to the Del Rio Band play country and southern rock music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be free face-painting and balloon-animal making for kids, and raffles to win products and services from Ramona merchants. Visitors can also tour the Classic Rotors Helicopter Museum, the U.S. Forest Service’s helitack base and the CAL FIRE air attack base. Most flight schools and business at the airport will be open as well.

Ramona Airport is one of the County of San Diego’s eight airports. It is the oldest CAL FIRE air attack base in California. The state’s fire service started flying missions out of the airport 59 years ago, in 1957.

The event and parking are free. A pancake breakfast, Mexican lunch and other food fare will be available for a fee.

–Courtesy County of San Diego Communications Office

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