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Airport Open House to Feature Captain "Sully"

"Hero of the Hudson" will be in town Saturday to give free airplane rides to kids.

Here's an announcement from the :

The community is invited to the 16th Annual Livermore Airport Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Open House is a free event featuring aerobatic performances, exhibits, food, a display of numerous aircraft, and entertainment for all ages. The Livermore Municipal Airport is located at 636 Terminal Circle, off Airway Boulevard from Interstate 580.

Pilots with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will be on hand to provide a free introduction to aviation for youngsters. Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger will join the EAA local chapter 663 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Captain Sullenberger will give airplane rides to the first 10 children (ages 8 to 17, accompanied by an adult) who sign up beginning at 10 a.m. Following the flights, Sully will discuss and answer questions regarding careers in aviation, and what it takes to become a pilot.

Come to see aerobatic performances from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. performed by Jacquie Warda, Doug Jardine, and Dr. D’s Old-Time Aerobatics.

The Rotary Club of Livermore will provide food at nominal cost. KKIQ will give away prizes and broadcast live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other activities for children include: face painting, card tricks, and a magician.

Flight schools will provide information on learning to fly, obtaining a pilot certificate, and buying scenic flights around the Bay Area. The Flying Electrons will have a display of radio controlled aircraft.

Aircraft to be displayed will include: World War II P-51, B-25, AT-6/SNJ/Harvard, T-28, homebuilts, aerobatic, antique/classics, as well as general aviation. CALSTAR will display a medivac helicopter, the Coast Guard will display a Dolphin search and rescue helicopter, and the CHP one of its law enforcement aircraft.

Small group tours (scouts, senior living facilities, etc) are available. For additional information or to schedule a group tour, contact the Livermore Airport at 925-373-5280 or email LVKairport@ci.livermore.ca.us.

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