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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Airport open house Sunday Airport open house Sunday (September 08, 2004)

'Palo Alto Airport Day' includes tours of control tower, displays of antique and experimental aircraft

Palo Alto took flight into the wild blue yonder in 1924, establishing its first aircraft landing field near Embarcadero and Newell roads.

Eighty years later, its successor, the Palo Alto Airport, will hold an open house Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A crowd of 4,000 visitors is anticipated, according to the Palo Alto Airport Association, the event's main sponsor.

Located at 1925 Embarcadero by the Baylands, the Palo Alto Airport is home to more than 500 aircraft, several businesses and employs 300 people. It is used as a base for private recreational flyers, businesses flights and public service.

The open house will be the airport's first in a decade. Experimental, antique and new planes will be on display as well as emergency aircraft such as the Life-Flight helicopter.

Tours of the FAA control tower will be offered, as well as the chance to operate an aircraft simulator. More than 30 activities for children and adults are also scheduled.

The Palo Alto Airport Association is a nonprofit organization that "promotes and preserves the safe and efficient operation of the Palo Alto Airport for all users," according to its Web site.

Other event sponsors include the Palo Alto Joint Community Relations Committee, the City of Palo Alto, the County of Santa Clara and the Palo Alto Weekly.

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--Jocelyn Dong

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