Sat, Feb. 22

Sedona Airport Day open house

The 2005 Sedona Airport Day and Car Show will be held Sept. 17 at the Sedona Airport from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a flag raising at 10 a.m. to honor the men and women in the Armed Forces. In addition, the airport is celebrating its 50th birthday with a special commemoration of the founders of the airport in 1955.

Whether your interest is wheels or wings, there will be something on display that's sure to please. Admission is free.

Along with aviation activities, the Sedona Car Club will hold its annual Classic and Antique Car Show with more than 75 vehicles from Arizona competing for coveted recognition and trophies.

The Airport Open House and Classic Car Show will also feature community booths, Sedona historical information, and breakfast and lunch sold by the local chapter of the Civil Air Patrol.

A presentation of a permenant plaque that will be displayed in the airport terminal commemorating the founders of the airport in 1955 will occur at 11 a.m. Ray Steele, one of the original founders will be present to receive a personal plaque in appreciation of his contiburtions to the airport and Sedona.

The Sedona Modelers Club, an organization of pilots of miniture aircraft, will demonstrate its flying skills after the flag raising ceremony at 10 a.m.

Special discounted rides in a helicopter or a Cessna "highwing" airplane will be available. The cost will be $20 per person for Cessna flights and $35 per person for a helicopter flight. Children under 12 are half price. Registration and flights will start at 9 a.m. at the Airport Terminal. Children must be accompanied by an adult and seats are limited to available flight time on that day.

The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force from Falcon Field near Phoenix is flying its World War II Beech C-45 "Expeditor" to Sedona. It was extensively used to train pilots to fly bombers such as the B-17. The aircraft has been restored to its World War II appearance inside and out. Rides will be offered at just $40 per person. Interested parties can reserve a space in advance by calling (928) 862-0210. Space is limited. More information can be found on the Web at

This year's display features several local antique aircraft, "kit" planes, World War II aircraft, Jon Melby's miniature biplane, and a variety of airplanes, old and new. The public is invited to walk among the aircraft and talk to pilots. Special flyby appearances by aircraft from the military and civilian sources can occur unannounced at any time during the event.

Booths set up by local community groups and companies will be set up for the public to browse and enjoy. Food and drink will also be available. Parties interested in setting up a booth should contact Al Comello at (928) 862-0210.

Sedona Airport is located off Arizona 89A. For more information, call (928) 862-0210 or visit

For car show information prior to Sept. 17, call Ed Pittman at 204-1326.

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