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FULLERTON : Air Show Ready for Saturday Takeoff

March 15, 1994

Vintage aircraft, dog-fighting model airplanes, the Goodyear Blimp and a parachute team will be among the attractions of "Airport Day '94" on Saturday at Fullerton Municipal Airport.

Among the aircraft on display will be the Stearman, an open-cockpit biplane used to train pilots in World War II, said airport director Roland Elder.

Spectators can pay $15 per person for an airplane ride with the Fullerton 99s, a women's aviation group.

Helicopter rides are also available, and several radio air-traffic controllers will be on hand to emcee the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free of charge.

As part of the show, radio-controlled airplanes flown by the California Air Show Team will perform at 10:30 a.m.

"They just capture the day. They do dog fights and barrel rolls," Elders said of the model planes.

The airport is the oldest general aviation field still in its original location in the county. During the show, it will be designated as one of the county's 40 historical landmarks by Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez.

The onetime pig farm and city sewage site was transformed into an airfield by William Dowling, a Placentia citrus rancher and pioneer aviator, who landed the first plane there in February, 1927.

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