REDLANDS >> Pilots and supporters gathered Saturday at the Redlands Municipal Airport to celebrate National Aviation Day, which recognizes the impact aviation has had on the country and here in Redlands.
Members of the Redlands Airport Association grilled up burgers, hot dogs and more while members of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Redlands Chapter took potential future aviators on free airplane rides.
This is the association’s second year recognizing the aviation holiday, which received its proclamation in 1939 from President Franklin Roosevelt. The holiday coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright, pilot of the Wright Flyer.
This year’s celebration comes 70 years after the opening of the airport, at 1755 Sessums Dr., in March 1947.
The city took ownership of the airport in 1962, with the help of a $20,000 loan from Lockheed.