HAYWARD — The popular Hayward Executive Airport Open House returns Sunday, May 17.
Children ages 8 to 17 can take free airplane rides provided by the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program. Rides are first come, first served basis.
The Federal Aviation Air Traffic Control Tower will be open for guided tours. Air traffic controllers will continue guiding airplane takeoffs and landings during the tour.
The free show will include dozens of airplanes, from vintage to business jets and helicopters. One of the highlights will be a historic Ford Tri-Motor airliner, one of only 17 in the world still flying. The large, three-engine airplanes were produced by Henry Ford’s companies in the mid-1920s to early 1930s. Rides in the Tri-Motor are $75 for adults and $50 for children.
Also on display will be a C-130 Hercules turboprop military transport aircraft. The huge plane is one of just a few military aircraft to remain in production for more than 50 years.
A Tuskegee Airman will be at the show. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American aviators in the United States military and flew during World War II.
The show will have more than aircraft. Hayward firefighters and police will display some of their vehicles and equipment. The Hayward Animal Shelter and Sunshine Rescue will bring animals available for adoption. Other Hayward departments will be represented.
Two dozen vintage and muscle cars will be on the tarmac. Food will be available for purchase from Famous Dave’s BBQ, The Mexican Restaurant, Round Table Pizza and Heaven in a Cup.
More than 4,200 people attended last year. The open house is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17; parking is free.
The event is sponsored by Hayward, the Bay Area Black Pilots Association, Tuskegee Airmen, East Bay Aviators and the Federal Aviation Administration.