The Palo Alto Airport Association is holding its biennial Airport Day event this Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the airport on Embarcadero Road. Admission is free.
Airport Day will feature extensive displays of various aircraft, from World War II historical models to modern experimental planes. Free airplane rides will be offered to kids ages 8 to 17. Participating organizations include emergency-flight groups Stanford Life Flight and Angel Flight, which fly critically ill or injured patients to hospitals.
Local police and fire departments will also have equipment on display.
The nearby Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve will offer an exhibit on natural history (including live birds of prey, in conjunction with the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo).
Palo Alto Airport Association President Ralph Britton said the event has been held every other year since 2003. Although an Airport Day was held in 2009, the association is hosting one again this year to publicize the facility in light of its impending switch from county to city ownership.
"The event is really an open house, to showcase the airport to the community and let them see what function it has," Britton said. "We're a regional airport, so this lets local communities, not just Palo Alto, see our airport."
Britton said the date of this year's event, Sept. 11, is a coincidence.
"We started planning six months ago, and we always want to have the day on a Saturday in September," he said. "It doesn't have much to do with 9/11, although there will probably be a commemorative ceremony there."
For more information on Airport Day, visit www.paloaltoairport.aero.