Wings and Wheels

Sedona Airport's 60th Anniversary includes airport open house and aircraft display, Sedona Car Club's competitive classic car show, festival food, music and more

Sedona Airport, Arizona’s ‘Airport in the Sky’ will host a family fun day on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the admission is free. (Courtesy photo)

Sedona Airport, Arizona’s ‘Airport in the Sky’ will host a family fun day on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the admission is free. (Courtesy photo)

Sedona Airport, Arizona's 'Airport in the Sky' will host a family fun day on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the admission is free.

A host of really cool aircraft - from old military, antiques and restored to new, modern, state of the art aircraft with full glass cockpits will be on display along with dozens of classic automobiles.

A historic, WWII B-25 Mitchell bomber and other WWII aircraft are expected. Rides in the B-25, Executive Sweet will be offered.

This year's event has special meaning since Sedona Airport is celebrating its 60-year anniversary.

The first aircraft landed on a recently created dirt runway at the airport on Sept. 12, 1955.

Sedona Airport has evolved into one of America's most scenic and popular small airports providing modern and critical air service capacity to the city of Sedona and its environs.

One of the biggest features of the day is the Sedona Car Club's annual classic car show with over one hundred really cool neat cars from around the state all competing for prizes and awards and your vote for "best."

Visitors, especially children will be able to walk and talk with pilots and learn about the modern world of aviation during the six-hour event.

Students from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott as well as other flight schools will be on hand to talk about aviation education and careers.

Representatives of new aircraft companies will also be on hand to demonstrate a brand new hi-tech aircraft and talk about their planes.

The Sedona Modelers, a group of avid aviation enthusiasts who fly model aircraft on weekends from their mini-airfield outside of Sedona will be sharing their love of flying their planes.

Solar viewing telescopes will also be set up to safely view solar activity adjacent to the modelers.

Also on hand are emergency helicopter personnel who will explain their operational systems and procedures.

Sedona Airport's fire department will also be present with their modern equipment, motivated and skilled fire fighters.

There is no fee for parking or entrance.

The entire event is funded by a grant from the Sedona Oak Creek Airport Authority, which manages the airport.

Cadets from the local chapter of Civil Air Patrol will host the American flag raising at 10 a.m. while Tom Jepperson sings the national anthem.

A fly-by of an aircraft, perhaps a historic B-25 Mitchel bomber is planned at the same time.

The B-25, named Executive Sweet also plans on flying over Old Town Cottonwood several times on the 19th where

The Thunder Valley Rally will be held. Tasty festival food like kettle corn, hot dogs and burgers, barbecue sandwiches, and snow cones will satisfy all who love community gatherings.

The event gates open at 9 a.m. The national anthem is at 10 a.m.

The 2015 Sedona Winefest will be the following weekend, Sept. 26-27 but this year will be held at Sedona's Posse Grounds Park, not the airport's Vista parking lot.

Learn more at SedonaWinefest.com.

The website for Sedona Airport's Family Fun Day on Sept. 19 is: sedonaairport.org/events.

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