Airport, Community

Hayward Executive Airport announces open house

September 12, 2017

Aviation buffs, fans of classic cars and parents seeking a one-of-a-kind family event will find everything in one place at the 2017 Hayward Executive Airport Open House on Sunday, September 24 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 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Free tours of the Federal Aviation Air Traffic Control Tower also will be available.

Dozens of airplanes, from vintage models to business jets and helicopters, will be on display. Featured will be an historic Douglas DC-3 airliner, one of a limited number still flying today. This large, two-engine aircraft was part of aviation’s golden age, flying passengers to points across the country. Twenty to thirty-minute rides in the DC-3 are available at $90 for adults and $75 for children under 15 years of age. Tours of the aircraft on the ground are just $5 for adults and $2 for children under 15 years of age. Children under 5 are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult.

Those in attendance will 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. The aircraft is operated by the 130th Rescue Squadron at nearby Moffett Field.

Family members of the Tuskegee Airmen are 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. Also on hand will be Hayward firefighters displaying emergency vehicles, Hayward Animal Shelter and Sunshine Rescue with animals for adoption; two dozen vintage and muscle cars parked on the tarmac; and food and drink served by local vendors, including Tacos Juanito, Round Table Pizza, Stuff My Waffle, Heaven in a Cup, and Eko Coffee.