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March 5, 1992 | LARRY SPEER
The Santa Paula Airport Assn. will hold its first air show since 1987 this summer, organizers said Wednesday. Organizers predict that Airshow 92, planned July 25 and 26 at Santa Paula Airport, will draw more than 5,000 people. At least that many viewed the last airshow, co-chairman Walt Adair said. Although the entire program has not been finalized, Adair said it will probably include aerobatic demonstrations, fly-bys of vintage airplanes, parachute-jumping and airplane rides.
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August 23, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Vicki Cruse knew of the perils of aerobatics, a sport requiring both the artistry of figure skating and the tenacity to endure pressures of up to nine times Earth's gravity. "You can't fix it" if something goes wrong, the seasoned Santa Paula pilot told The Times in 2002 about the sport she excelled at and loved dearly. "You just try to be as safe as you can." On Saturday, Cruse was competing for the U.S. national team at an international competition in central England when the unthinkable happened.
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August 8, 1991 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cartoon voice Noel Blanc filed claims Wednesday against the city of Santa Paula, Ventura County and the state, alleging that the design of the Santa Paula Airport was partly to blame for a midair crash that injured him and killed two men. Blanc is seeking $10,000 in damages from each agency for "injuries, pain and suffering, severe emotional distress and loss of earnings" that he claims to have suffered in the Feb. 13 crash.
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November 30, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Chawkins is a Times staff writer.
One day in 1979, the King of Cool decided to fly. Before anyone knew it, Steve McQueen was living with his girlfriend in a hangar at the Santa Paula Airport. During the day, he learned to pilot a World War II-era biplane. In the evening, the tough-guy superstar would crack open cold beers with grease monkeys, fledgling pilots and aging flyboys who still had a few loop-de-loops left in them.
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October 8, 1998 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You've heard of haunted houses. How about haunted hangars? That spooky time of year is creeping up again, and the Santa Paula Airport is the place to be for chills and thrills--and we don't mean the aviation kind. The Santa Paula Theater Center is staging Ghost Walk '98 at the airport, starting Saturday. Halloween weekend, the theater itself will be the setting for "Tales to Tremble By," a re-created 1940s radio program.
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June 28, 1990 | JANE HULSE
Go out to the Santa Paula Airport and you're just as likely to see a vintage biplane lumber down the runway as you are a sleek, fast, late-model airplane. The little airport is world famous for its antique planes and the owners who laboriously restore and tinker lovingly with them in their spare time. They're not bashful about showing them off. On the first Sunday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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April 23, 1995 | SARA CATANIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most airports tend to be less than friendly places. Looming and sterile, they thrive on anxious passengers fretting over ticket lines, traffic snarls, lost baggage and missed connections. Not so at Santa Paula Airport, where the planes are private and small and strangers are greeted with a smile. Indeed, there are few unfamiliar faces at the 65-year-old strip. The founder's grandson serves on the board of directors and many of the hangars are handed from one generation to the next.
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October 8, 1998 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
You've heard of haunted houses. How about haunted hangars? That spooky time of year is creeping up again, and the Santa Paula Airport is the place to be for chills and thrills--and we don't mean the aviation kind. The Santa Paula Theater Center is staging its weekend Ghost Walk '98 at the airport starting Saturday. And On Halloween weekend, the theater will be the setting for "Tales to Tremble By," a recreated 1940s radio program.
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April 27, 2000 | CATHERINE BLAKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When die-hard fans wanted to find actor Steve McQueen in the late 1970s, they would inevitably end up at Santa Paula Airport. The late Hollywood heartthrob enjoyed flying and kept a plane in a hangar he owned there. But hangar owners were as tightknit then as they are now and refused even a peep about which large metal shed belonged to McQueen. This is just a small part of the storied history of the 70-year-old airport.
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July 27, 1992 | RON SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Paula Airport's vintage aircraft roared into the wild blue yonder Sunday in an air show filled with flybys, aerobatics and the kind of nostalgia generated by planes that carved big niches in American aviation history. More than 10,000 spectators over the weekend took advantage of warm, sunny weather to "Ooh" and "Ahh" as the proud pilots showed that their planes, dating back to a 1928 Travel Air 4000, have as much of the right stuff as jets of the modern aviation era.
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December 16, 2007 | Jane Hulse, Special to The Times
Stroll through Santa Paula's downtown and you can't help but be wowed by the city's historic roots and Latino culture: It's splashed across colorful murals that tell the story of how two unlikely pairings -- oil and citrus -- put Santa Paula on the map in the late 1880s. Today, ringed by several spectacular mountain ranges, it's an unpretentious place with a rich history.
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January 4, 2006 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
To Rowena Mason, this week's rains are a worrying portent for Santa Paula Airport, a landing strip popular with small-craft pilots but vulnerable to the whims of the Santa Clara River. A cold front that moved out Monday dropped 3 inches of rain and caused $200,000 in damage to a public works project intended to protect the airport from floodwaters, which last winter tore away half of the runway.
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November 27, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Repairs to the Santa Paula Airport, damaged in this past winter's heavy storms, are on track for completion following a tentative agreement reached this month between the city and the Nature Conservancy.
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February 23, 2005 | Daryl Kelley and Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writers
A six-day series of powerful storms dealt Southern California what may be the final, parting blows Tuesday, dropping heavy rain and snow and adding to the widespread damage caused by flooding and mudslides. Mayor James K. Hahn urged President Bush to declare a federal disaster in Los Angeles, where damage to public and private structures, including at least 96 homes made uninhabitable, was estimated at $10 million.
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October 2, 2003 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Working with a developer, a group of Santa Paula residents embarked Wednesday on an intense seven-day planning and design effort that could be used to build a new community in the cash-starved city that sorely needs an economic jolt. The so-called charrette process, increasingly used by New Urbanist architects seeking to replicate the patterns of a traditional city, brings together a developer and residents in a collaborative effort aimed at designing projects everyone can support.
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June 1, 2003 | Suzie St. John, Special to The Times
Ralph Dickenson earned a space in the history books when his dream of building an airport in Santa Paula came to life in 1930. Now his grandson hopes to carve out his own piece of history by putting a permanent aviation museum on the grounds of the airport his grandfather founded. Though the plans are still in the formative stage, Bruce Dickenson said he hopes to have the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula up and running in two years.
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July 4, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An Ojai pilot and his 10-year-old daughter were killed early Sunday when their small plane crashed and burned in a dense thicket of brush just west of Santa Paula Airport. John Forrest Lires, 44, took flight in his blue and yellow Cessna with his younger daughter, Erin, a blossoming child actress, just minutes before the plane experienced engine trouble, authorities and witnesses said.
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June 1, 2003 | Suzie St. John, Special to The Times
Ralph Dickenson earned a space in the history books when his dream of building an airport in Santa Paula came to life in 1930. Now his grandson hopes to carve out his own piece of history by putting a permanent aviation museum on the grounds of the airport his grandfather founded. Though the plans are still in the formative stage, Bruce Dickenson said he hopes to have the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula up and running in two years.
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June 9, 2002 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two people killed when their small airplane crashed shortly after takeoff from Santa Paula Airport were identified Saturday as Ojai retirees Charles and Barbara Curtis. Both died from injuries sustained in the crash, said James Baroni, a senior deputy coroner's investigator. According to officials and friends, the couple were planning to fly their four-seat Grumman Tiger to Minden, Nev., for a two-day vacation.
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June 8, 2002 | ANICA BUTLER, HOLLY J. WOLCOTT and TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two bodies were found Friday in the wreckage of a single-engine plane that crashed on a rugged mountain slope about five miles south of Santa Paula Airport. Recovery crews found the bodies of a man and a woman after an oil field worker spotted the wreckage of the blue-and-white plane near South Mountain Road about 11:50 a.m., Ventura County Sheriff's Department spokesman Eric Nishimoto said. It was not clear when the 1977 Grumman AA-5B crashed.
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