Airport, City Government, Events

Hayward Executive Airport to Host Open House

Rare aircraft, C-130 Hercules to highlight multifaceted family event

May 13, 2015

HAYWARD, CA) – Aviation buffs, fans of classic cars and Bay Area parents seeking a one-of-a-kind family event will find everything in one place at the 2015 Hayward Executive Airport Open House on Sunday, May 17th from
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Guests will enjoy a stunning array of aircraft, classic vehicles, music, food from local restaurants and much more.

Free airplane rides are available for kids between the ages of eight and seventeen courtesy of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program. Rides are on a first come, first served basis.  Free tours of the Federal Aviation Air Traffic Control Tower will also be available. This is a rare opportunity for the public to see air traffic controllers as they help guide aircraft to safe takeoffs and landings.

Dozens of airplanes, from vintage models to business jets and helicopters will be on display. This year will highlight the historic Ford Tri-Motor airliner, one of only seventeen still flying in the world.  This large, three- engine aircraft was part of aviation’s golden age, flying passengers to points across the country.  Rides in the Tri- Motor are $75 for adults and $50 for children.

Those in attendance will also enjoy an up-close look at the massive C-130 Hercules, one of the few military aircraft to remain in production for more than 50 years.

A member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen is scheduled to greet the public.  The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces and they established an admirable combat record during WWII.

The Hayward Fire Department and the Hayward Police Department will be on hand to display vehicles and equipment used to keep our community safe. The Hayward Animal Shelter and Sunshine Rescue will have animals for adoption, and representatives from other City departments will distribute information and be ready to answer your questions.

For car buffs, there will be two dozen vintage and muscle cars on the tarmac. Tasty food will be served by
Famous Dave’s BBQ, The Mexican Restaurant, Round Table Pizza, and Heaven in a Cup.

Over 4,200 local residents attended the 2014 Hayward Executive Airport Open House. The open house is both a showcase for Hayward's strong and growing presence in the world of private aviation and an opportunity to celebrate the airport's rich historic legacy as a former base for WWII fighter jets.

This annual event is sponsored by the City of Hayward, the Bay Area Black Pilots Association, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., East Bay Aviators, and the Federal Aviation Administration.