Airplane enthusiasts and families with children eagerly toured the planes on display Saturday at the Thunder Over the Valley air show, walking through cargo craft and climbing into cockpits. Likewise, military members standing beside the planes and helicopters that they fly were excited to be at the show, explaining their work to wide-eyed youngsters at […]

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Although an Air Force C-17 landed at Santa Maria Public Airport on Friday, the 174-foot-long cargo plane will not take to the air this weekend during the Thunder Over the Valley air show as originally planned. Because of a crash of a similar aircraft in Alaska during a training exercise for an air show in […]

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The “thunder” in the Thunder Over the Valley air show at the Santa Maria Public Airport is back this weekend. Last year, in a change from the past, the Santa Maria Museum of Flight’s annual show had to do without the aerial demonstrations of modern and classic warbirds for which the event has become known. […]

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August 28 through 29, 2010 Sponsored by the Santa Maria Museum of Flight Honoring U.S. Coast Guard Aviation 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Santa Maria Public Airport Military demonstration teams, special exhibits, military and warbird static displays, souvenir and food vendors, Kiddie Corral For inquires:  Contact the Museum of Flight at (805) 922-8758.

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By Julian J. Ramos/Staff Writer jramos@santamariatimes.com Real-time flight information, weather updates, and the latest news and sports scores for airline passengers are coming to the Santa Maria Public Airport. Known as the ProDIGIQ system, the airport TV network is meant to keep passengers in the airport terminal informed on the status of their flights while […]

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The Adventures of Vance Breese Nipomo resident Vance Breese almost died 15 years ago while attempting to set a land speed record on a streamliner motorcycle. Years later, he has recovered and can be seen in area skies piloting a unique experimental gyroplane aircraft with his girlfriend, Edna. The two have plans to fly cross […]

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Airport welcomes nearly 70 Marines with SM-style feast   By Julian J. Ramos   Nearly 70 Marines from Camp Pendleton are among the newest fans of Santa Maria-style barbeque.   Members of the Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164 and Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 were the guests of honor Tuesday at the Santa […]

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