Cool Planes and Hot Cars at Ramona Airport Nov. 14

It’s not every day you get the chance to get close-up looks at cool airplanes and hot cars — or tour an air traffic control tower or meet legendary pilots like the Tuskegee Airmen, who became the first black fighter and bomber pilots in U.S. Air Force history in World War II.

But the public can do just that — for free — at the Ramona Airport’s annual open house from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2926 Montecito Road in Ramona.

As it has in past events, Ramona Airport will feature World War II aircraft like the famous P-51 Mustang, experimental aircraft, firefighting air tankers, helicopters, classic cars, music, karaoke, face-painting for the kids, visits with Smokey Bear and more.

A number of airplanes, including the Mustang, an A-T6 Texan and a Soviet Yakovlev “Yak-52” trainer, will conduct formation fly-overs during the event.

Visitors will also be able to tour the Classic Rotors Helicopter Museum, the U.S. Forest Service’s helitack base and the CAL FIRE air attack base. Most of the flight schools and businesses that call Ramona Airport home will also be open.

The event and the parking are free; a pancake breakfast, Mexican lunch and other food fare will be available for a fee.

Ramona Airport is one of the County of San Diego’s eight airports and it is the oldest CAL FIRE air attack base in the state. The state’s fire service started flying missions out of Ramona Airport in 1957, nearly 60 years ago.

For more information about the airport, go to the County Department of Public Work’s Ramona Airport Web page


Gig Conaughton is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact