Oregon Antique and Classic Aircraft Club is making an official stop in Lakeview during its 16th biennial Oregon Air Tour on Monday, July 21 with aircraft on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lakeview Airport.
As many as 25 vintage and antique aircraft will be flying into Lakeview for an overnight stay as part of a weeklong tour that will have pilots also stopping in Cottage Grove, Grants Pass, Baker City and Hood River.
Aircraft will be on display and pilots available to share stories, with admission free to the public. As flying historians, OACAC pilots are particularly interested in meeting local history buffs with stories of local crash sites and lore, as well as sharing their passion for flying with aviation hobbyists and children. R&R Cowboy Shack will provide snacks and refreshments at the airport. Airport Mgr. Tom Andrews is offering discounts on aviation fuel to all registered OACAC pilots.
This is the first time the biennial air tour has stopped in Lakeview since 2006, which then also included a stop in Christmas Valley.
Mayor Mike Patrick will make a formal welcome of the OACAC pilots at noon. Randy Curnow of New Pine Creek will also speak about a crash that occurred in the 1970’s on Sugar Hill. There are also plans for a classic car and motorcycle show to coincide, with details still being finalized.
A communal tri-tip chuckwagon barbecue will be hosted at the MC Chuckwagon Museum for OACAC pilots and the public from 6 to 8 p.m., catered by Lakeview Lockers. A street closure was recently approved by the Lakeview Town Council for the triangular area where North F Street, Hwy 140 and Hwy 395 converge to allow for the setup of tables. Irish and jazz dancing and a quilt display will also be available during the barbecue.
Cost for the barbecue is $12.50, with tickets available for purchase from the Lake County Chamber of Commerce.
The Lakeview Airport is located at 17819 Airport Rd. For more information please contact the Lake County Chamber of Commerce at 541-947-6040.