Pictures of the aircraft that won awards at the airshow are available here. (Note: the pictures are in a Microsoft PowerPoint slideshow which requires a PowerPoint viewer to be installed on your computer.
The Watsonville Fly-In and Airshow is happening on May 22nd - May 24th
- Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier
- C-17 Globemaster III
- VFA-122 Super Hornet
- Vintage Aircraft
- EAA Chapter 119 Open Hangar and Symposium
- Airshow Performers: Vicky Benzing, Tim Decker, John Collver, Eddie Andreini, Wayne Wright, Bill Stein, Garth Harley
- Friday night fireworks
- Acrobatic motorcycle show
- Custom and classic cars
- Biplane rides
For more information: http://www.watsonvilleflyin.org/
EAA 119 Guest Speaker Program for the 45th Annual Watsonville Airshow and Fly-In, May 22nd-24th, 2009
2:00PM Friday May 22nd
Bill Stein on Formation Flying
This is an opportunity to hear learn about formation flying from one of the best.
Bill Stein has logged over 3,500 hours of aerobatic and formation flight. Bill began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has been dedicated to perfecting his skills ever since. Since 1995 Bill has performed at air shows all across the United States and has entertained millions air show fans.
EAA 119 member Bill Randolph recounts his adventure flying his Van's RV-8 around the world.
Bill served in the U.S. Navy during WWII (at age 15-17) 1944 to 1946. He learned to fly in 1946 upon discharge from the Navy and has been an active pilot ever since. He graduated from Oregon State University with a BS Engineering Degree, worked 10 years for IBM , left to help start a new company Memorex Corp. His last job was Director General Memorex SA (Memorex Corp. principal operating subsidiary Europe, based in Liege, Belgium). He left the Corporate world in 1975 to pursue private interests, principally flying and real estate development. In 2004 at the age of 76, he started building an RV-8 and in 2005 flew it around-the-world solo, flew over 27,400+ nautical miles of which 16,000+ was over water, flying 163 hours covering 30 countries on six continents. He was arrested four times, detained and locked-up twice, had an aircraft fire and was intercepted by fighters over the Mediterranean.
1:30PM Saturday May 23rd - Ben Scott and Addison Pemberton - The Reenactment of the 1920 Transcontinental Air Mail Flight
Ben Scott and Addison Pemberton speak on the Reenactment of the 1920 Transcontinental Air Mail Flight from JFK to SFO
Addison Pemberton grew fond of old airplanes while growing up in San Diego California. His family aircraft was based at Gillespie field filled with antique airplanes owned mostly by PSA and American airline pilots. Addison started flight training in the family Cessna 170B with missionary pilot and family CFI friend at 15 years old in 1969 and soloed at 16 and worked up through private, INST, COM, SEL, MEL, SES, CFI and A&P ratings as fast as time and money would allow.