Celebrated across the nation as one of the top fly-ins for historic aircraft, the 34th annual West Coast Cub Fly-In is slated for July 13-15, 2018 at the Lompoc Airport. More than 100 planes are expected to participate.
The free event allows spectators. Visitors can walk among the aircraft, observe the flying events, and interact with the pilots. Among the popular events are flour bombing and spot landing contests, held on Saturday afternoon! Tasty food & beverages, plus T-shirts and souvenirs are available for purchase.
Bring a lawn chair and your camera, and enjoy all of the activities! Free parking is limited on site. Additional parking is nearby. Dogs must be on leashes and parents must closely watch children due to the presence of taxing aircraft.
Tentative Schedule 2018
Friday, July 13
Planes arrive, registration opens at noon for arriving pilots. The traditional Spaghetti Dinner is served at 6 pm (tickets sold on-site). Soft drinks, beer and wine are available for purchase.
Saturday, July 14
Registration opens at 10 am. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available starting at 11 am.
Aerial games and proficiency contests starting at 1:30 pm; a mass scenic flight at 4 pm, weather permitting.
A tri-tip BBQ dinners is available starting at 5:30 pm. Dinner tickets will be available at the door. The award ceremony begins at 7 pm, followed by a raffle for great donated gifts!
Sunday, July 15
Breakfast is served at 7 am and many aircraft depart in the morning for their home bases after the normal morning fog lifts. No other special events are planned for Sunday.
History of the Piper Cub:
The most popular Cub is the Piper J-3 Cub which is a small, simple, light aircraft that was built between 1937 and 1947 by Piper Aircraft. With tandem (fore and aft) seating, it was intended for flight training but became one of the most popular and best-known light aircraft of all time. The Cub’s simplicity, affordability and popularity invoke comparisons to the Ford Model T automobile. Piper manufactured 19,073 J-3 Cubs. The aircraft’s standard chrome yellow paint has come to be known as “Cub Yellow” or “Lock Haven Yellow”.
Cubs served in wartime as artillery spotters and air ambulances but are best known as trainers for the thousands of student pilots who learned to fly between the late 1930’s thru the 1950’s! One Cub serving with the US Coast Guard actually sunk a German U-Boat during WWII! Today, they are cherished classic aircraft from aviation’s Golden Age!