Castle Airport and Air Museum »

A few years ago, Castle AFB in California's central valley was a busy Strategic Air Command facility. Today, it's a decidedly un-busy general aviation airport with a mammouth 12,000-foot runway, a nice FBO, and a superb seven-acre outdoor aviation museum with one of the most extraordinary collections of USAF bomber and fighter aircraft west of Wright-Patterson. If you're hungry, you can get a decent burger at the museum's Flight of Fancy Grill, or buzz over to Harris Ranch (one of the best fly-in restaurants in California) about 15 minutes to the south. Here's all the information you need to plan your fly-in visit, plus a complete list (and some nice photos) of the historic aircraft at the museum. More

The Last NAS Miramar Airshow (And This Time We Really Mean It!) »

San Diego's famous Miramar Naval Air Station of Tomcat and “Top Gun” fame last week became USMCAS Miramar, a Marine helicopter base. But the USN put on one last big airshow before they rolled up the runways. AVweb’s Joe Godfrey was there, and offers his unique commentary on the goings on. Fun reading. More

The Last Fightertown Airshow »

With San Diego's NAS Miramar (a.k.a "Fightertown USA") about to be turned over to the Marines, and with its famous "Top Gun" school moving to the Nevada desert, this year's Miramar airshow was something of a historic event. Our man-on-the-scene flew his Bellanca Super Viking there and spent four days watching — and drinking beer with — the best of the best American pilots. More

Unlimiteds Thunder at Reno '97 »

AVweb's air racing correspondents offer a detailed account of what went on at the 34th Annual Championship Air Races two weeks ago. This year's coverage includes sixteen magnificent color photos, including a series of shots of the mid-air collision between Howard Pardue's Sea Fury and Sam Richardson's YAK during the Tuesday qualifying rounds. (Both pilots were okay.) Other photos include Critical Mass, Dreadnought, Furias, Miss America, Rare Bear, Risky Business, Strega, Thunder Mustang, and Voodoo Chile. If you don't feel “the need for speed” after viewing this, better check your pulse! More

A Kiwi Flies to Oshkosh »

A New Zealand citizen who resides in Japan recounts his summer adventure flying a Super Decathalon three-quarters of the way across the United States from Southern California to attend his first EAA Fly-In in Oshkosh. A witty perspective on aviation's most populous pilgrimage. More

Ocean City, Maryland »

Whether you're looking for boardwalks and beaches, seaside golf, world-class seafood, or just a change of scene, you'll find Ocean City, Maryland, a fly-in destination for all seasons and all reasons. Although often congested during the summer high season, you'll find it equally delightful and much more relaxing during the fall and winter months. Here's all the information you need to plan your getaway to N80. More

Lindbergh Lodge: Tranquility of the African Bush »

Great places to fly via lightplane are most assuredly not the sole province of the United States. Here's a delightful illustrated narrative of AVweb member Hannes Ambichler's recent Sunday outing from Johannesburg to a magnificent wild game preserve and hunting farm in the wilderness of South Africa's North West province in a Piper Archer. More

Eureka, California »

Editor Mike Busch describes one of his very favorite West Coast flying get-aways, the historic, leisurely, quaint turn-of-the century Victorian seaport town of Eureka in Northern California. Located on beautiful Humboldt Bay right in the middle of Giant Redwood country, this well-kept secret offers something for everyone. Mike even shares his personal snapshot collection. More