In 2020, the COVID pandemic cancelled most air shows. Some, like Oshkosh, held virtual events. Some aviation museums are starting to reopen slowly. Hopefully people are busy in hangars restoring antique airplanes and readying them for when we can all get out and travel again.
It's no fun to be grounded when you want to fly and explore.
We have had a personal setback too, with some health issues slowing us down. We don't have the time to check on which venues are still viable and which are things of the past.
So... Post COVID our advice is to check with each air show or museum to see if they are open and operating. Stay safe.
Most of our pilot friends call it just Schellville or Schellville Airport Sonoma.
It's official name is Sonoma Valley Airport.
The pilots that hang out there have dubbed it the Schellville Antique Aerodrome.
Doesn't matter what you call it...
It's a fun little airport to visit.
It IS small, but they have some great antique airplanes to see.
How would you like to see a 1918 Curtiss Jenny?
Or a Curtiss 19R?
They are flyable, and if you're lucky you could see them. The hangar doors are open on most display days.
We stopped by on a
non-display day, so we don't have a picture of either for you yet, but
even on a quiet day you can see antique airplanes in hangars and on the
Their Display Days are on the second weekend of the month.
What kind of antique airplanes can you hope to see?
Lots of the little guys... a Model 90A Monocoupe, a 1938 Ryan SCW, a Fairchild 24R46, a 1938 Ryan SCW and of course a few Stearmans, WACOs and little warbugs.
There are a few bigger planes...
How about an SNJ and T-6... I know they're pretty much the same, but that's how they're dressed out.
You can even see a P-51 Mustang and a P-40N Warhawk.
To see their photos and their list of the aircraft hangared there go to Sonoma Valley Airport.
You can fly in some of the aircraft owned by the Vintage Aircraft Company.
Check their website for details or give them a call:
Phone: (707) 938-2444
They'll take you on flights over the vines of wine country, or if you prefer, out over the Pacific or south to San Francisco.
You can fly in a Stearman, an SNJ, or even (if you're lucky) in their P-40 Warhawk.
The Schellville Airport Sonoma is located north of San Francisco Bay, about 6 miles north of the Highway 37/121 intersection.
These directions put you into California Wine Country.
There are many wineries to visit as you travel in the Sonoma Valley, but there are a couple of to check out near Schellville Airport Sonoma...
Jacuzzi Winery is just about a mile south of the airport.
Stop in for a taste and ask them about the J-7. Ever hear of it?
You probably know the Jacuzzi name from the whirlpool tubs they produced, but early on, they were into aviation.
The Jacuzzi Brothers developed a "Toothpick" propeller. America's first military planes utilized it in WW I.
After the war, the brothers developed a 7 seat enclosed monoplane called the Jacuzzi J-7. (Seven for the seven brothers and because it held seven passengers.)
The Jacuzzi J-7 was the first cabin monoplane built in the U.S.
It was adapted to deliver mail. For a brief time it ferried passengers to Yosemite.
Unfortunately, they stopped making airplanes in 1921 when one of the brothers was killed in a flight over Modesto, California...
And dad said. "No more airplanes."
You can get the history from the staff at the winery and buy a bottle of Jacuzzi Cabernet Sauvignon that has a photo of the Jacuzzi J-7 on the label.
Climb their tower and you can get view of the airport.
For a better view of the airport, head further south and sit on the patio at Viansa Winery for a great view of the approach to the airport.
For another angle go just north of the airport and across the
highway, to visit Gloria Ferrer Winery.... buy a bottle of California
Sparkling Wine and sit on their patio. You will be looking right down
one of the runways from a great vantage point.
Antique airplanes at Schellville Airport Sonoma...
Maybe a flight in a vintage aircraft and California wine tasting...
Two of our great loves.
How can you go wrong?
Find 'em, See 'em, Fly,'em! And have a great flight!
Judy and Mark
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