Look! It’s the Ramona Airport Open House

Look! Not up in the sky; right on the ground! Not a bird; not a plane, it’s — lots of planes!

And tricked-out big rig trucks, classic cars, crafts, kids’ games, live music and even a guest appearance from Smokey Bear.

Ramona Airport is scheduled to hold its annual open house from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, located at the airport at 2926 Montecito Road in Ramona.

The event, which is free to the public, will let visitors get close-up looks at vintage WWII fighter planes, experimental aircraft, firefighting air tankers and helicopters, and take tours of the airport’s air traffic control tower, CAL FIRE air attack base and Classic Rotors’ helicopter museum.

Parking is free. Food, including a pancake breakfast and Mexican-food lunch, will be available for a fee. Acoustic band “Crossroads” will play classic rock from 10 a.m. to noon.

Ramona Airport is one of the County’s eight community airports and also serves as the firefighting air attack base of CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service. CAL FIRE started flying firefighting missions out of the airport in 1957, making Ramona the state fire agency’s oldest air attack base.

Ramona Airport’s flight schools and business will also the open to the public at Saturday’s event.


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