Classic Fighters to rocket over Ramona

Classic Fighters of America (CFA) will conduct a formation flying clinic at Ramona Airport from Thursday to Sunday, March 19 to March 22, giving residents and visitors an opportunity to see World War II-era warbirds.

The event is intended to provide proficiency training, flying practice and pilot upgrades required by the FAA for pilots who fly in formations, such as at air shows.

“These are very rare and beautiful aircraft that the public generally does not get a chance to see up close very often,” said Bo Donovan, Ramona Airport manager. “It’s an extraordinary opportunity to see them all flying in formation.”  

CFA, an organization of aircraft aficionados, performs at air shows across the country.

“We’re delighted this annual workshop is being held at Ramona Airport,” Donovan said.

While it is primarily a training clinic, it will also allow the public to view some classic warbirds including T-6s, T-28s and the famous P-51 Mustang that escorted bombers over Europe and flew missions in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, as well as other World War II-era fighters. More than 20 of the fully restored fighter aircraft are expected to be on the ramp at Ramona Airport for the event.

The pilots will attend classroom instruction in the mornings and then fly practice formations in the afternoons. Normally held in Riverside, the event moved to Ramona this year because of the uncrowned airspace and the airport’s long runway and other facilities.

The event is free to the public. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Ramona Airport is at 2926 Montecito Road.

For more information, call 788-3366. 

   
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