It’s a classic day at the Big Bear Airport Saturday, July 6, with classic aircraft and antique cars on display at the Big Bear Air Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This is an event the entire family can enjoy. There are activities for children of all ages, including a flight simulator, rock-climbing wall and bounce house. For Big Bear kids, the day is even more fun.
“The airport wanted to do something for the kids in the area this year,” said Jack Roberts, airport general manager. Children with a Bear Valley Unified School District student ID can spend time in the flight simulator for $5 instead of the $10 fee. Big Bear students also get to climb the rock-climbing wall for free.
Along with the youth generated activities, there are multiple food vendors and dozens of nonprofit organizations taking part in the Air Fair.
The entire family will enjoy seeing vintage planes, classic cars and skydiving exhibitions, aircraft displays and a wide array of tasty food. Admission and parking is free. And this year a free bicycle valet has been added to the perks for guests.
The Big Bear Airport District began its involvement with the air fair in 1991 and the event has continued to grow ever since. “This year there will be 44 aircraft on display at the Big Bear City airport,” Roberts said. “Pilots will fly in the night before and the day of (the air fair).”
Helicopter fans can anticipate seeing classics including the Boeing AH-64 Apache and an American Bell AH-1, two attack helicopters and the Army’s front-line utility helicopter, the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk.
Aircraft displays also include a few WWII planes coming from the Palm Springs Air Museum and the Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing in Camarillo. Aviation buffs are sure to want a picture next to the Supermarine Spitfire aircraft, which was first introduced in 1935 and loved by pilots for its iconic prestige.
“Two years ago about 8,000 spectators joined the air fair,” Roberts said. “This year we are expecting double the crowd with the Fourth of July weekend.”
The Big Bear Airport is at 501 W. Valley Blvd., Big Bear City. For more information, visit www.flybigbear.com.