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Santa Monica Airport Celebrates Flight This Month

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September 3, 2013 – While opponents want to shut down Santa Monica’s Municipal Airport, plenty of supports will gather next month to celebrate the thrills of flying at an airfield that has marked major advances in human flight.

Santa Monica Airport’s third annual open house -- which will be held Saturday, September 21 from noon to 5 p.m. -- will give visitors the opportunity to explore the oldest operating airport in L.A. County and learn about Santa Monica’s rich aviation history,” organizers said.

Visitors can view vintage and modern aircraft, realize their “piloting dreams” in the new, MaxFlight 360 Flight Simulator and meet experts in the fields of aviation innovation, organizers said.

The open house will feature self-guided walking tours and guided mini-bus tours of the active airfield perimeter, and the Civil Air Patrol will share unique stories of aircraft on display and will conduct emergency services demonstrations at 1 and 3 p.m.

On hand will be members of the storied “The Ninety Nines,” the International Organization of Women Pilots founded in 1929 by 99 women pilots, including their first president -- legendary pilot Amelia Earhart.

In 1929, Earhart made her first attempt at competitive air racing during the first Women’s Air Derby from Santa Monica to Cleveland, a race Will Rogers later niknamed the “Powder Puff Derby.” Earhart tied for first place. Ten years later, she would disappear over the Pacific.

The 96-year-old Santa Monica Airport is also famous for the Douglas DC-3 aircraft that first took flight from the airfield on December 17, 1935. Built in the beachside city, the aircraft transformed the city and virtually changed the way America traveled, with airplanes quickly replacing trains as the most efficient and fastest way to travel across the country.

At the open house, the latest innovations if flying will be shared by members of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EEA), while the flying enthusiasts from the Emergency Volunteer Air Corps (EVAC) will share their own experiences.

“Aspiring young firefighters will have a chance to check out a Santa Monica Fire Department Engine, meet firefighters and even try on boots and hats,” organizers said.

During the open house, Santa Monica Art Studios’ Arena1 Gallery will feature an exhibition of contemporary art, and several resident artists’ studios will be open to the public. “Kids can let their creativity flow with 'Cands to Canvas,' a free hands-on paint reuse art workshop located on the front lawn of 3200 Airport Avenue.

There will also be treats and organic ice cream from three popular Food Trucks: Gastropub, Dogtown Dogs and S’cream Ice Cream Truck. Food also will be served at Typhoon and the Spitfire Grill on the Airport grounds.

Admission and Parking are free. For more information contact the airport at 310.458.8591 or . For directions, visit

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