Aviation Museum photo winners to
be revealed at 1st Sunday Open House

May 30, 2014
Santa Paula News

What do you get when you mix 250 photographers with some of the best outdoor scenery and weather in the nation, unique aircraft, great cars, motorcycles and a contest?

You get the winners of the “Wheels & Wings Day” photo contest to be announced at the First Sunday at Santa Paula Airport Open House.

The June 1 Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the airport.

The photos were taken during the May 4 First Sunday of the Month Open House dedicated to “The Kind of Cool” the late mega-star Steve McQueen, who spent the last - and happiest - years of his life at Santa Paula Airport.

Much like McQueen himself the “Wheels & Wings Day” was bigger than life with airplane, car and motorcycle displays and Aviation Museum of Santa Paula tours.

All proceeds of the free event benefited The Boys Republic of Chino Hills in honor of McQueen, its most famous former resident.

Photographers were welcomed at 7 a.m. to register for a special photo competition sponsored by Samy’s Camera.

Shutterbugs came out in droves according to Dale Sumersille, director of Aviation Museum operations.

“We had 250 photographers take part in the photo shoot and 239 photos have been entered in the contest,” said Sumersille.

The Aviation Museum and Samy’s will be awarding Samy’s gift cards for the best judged photos: 1st Place will get $1200, 2nd Place $600 and 3rd Place $300.  

Sumersille said judges will decide from the top 10 to 12 photos at 1 p.m. in the Aviation Museum hangar.

The “Most Popular” online top vote getter in the People’s Choice category will get a $500 Samy’s gift card.

People can vote online on Facebook at: 


Or, for non Facebook users: http://platform.votigo.com/fbcontests/profiletab/Wings-Wheels-Day-at-Santa-Paula-Airport

In addition to the photo contest Sumersille said First Sunday will also feature a fabulous display of cars from four clubs and visitors will be able to select their favorite. 

“We’ll have great vehicles from Roamin’ Relics, Porsche Club, Ventura Early Ford V8 and Ventura County Corvette Clubs will be displayed...  come on out and vote for your favorite car!”

The First Sunday of each month is where local aviation history comes alive.

The Aviation Museum’s “Chain of Hangars” is open for guests to explore; Hangar Number One tells the history of the founding of Santa Paula Airport in 1930.  

“Each of these privately-owned hangars in our Chain houses a variety of vintage aircraft and privately owned collections of various memorabilia which will pique everyone’s interest,” including antiques, classic and experimental aircraft, automobiles, race cars, motorcycles, juke boxes, an enormous antique radio and phonograph collection, paintings, photos, model aircraft and a variety of aviation artifacts. 

Sumersille said, “Several other aircraft owners put out their antique aircraft on static display and many vintage aircraft will fly in each month.”

The Young Eagles program for kids 8 - 17 offers free plane rides from EAA Chapter 723. The program - co-founded by the late actor and aviator Cliff Robertson, a Santa Paula Airport hangar owner - was launched nation-wide in 1992 to give interested young people an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. 

Flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of local EAA member volunteers. For more information and to schedule a reservation, contact Neil Fowler at (805) 647-6994.

Visitors are encouraged to stop by The Museum’s Gift Shop located in Hangar Number Six to receive a map of the hangars and view local artifacts. The Museum also sells T-shirts, hats, aviation related items and all proceeds go to the Museum.  

Refreshments are available for purchase and will be catered by the Java Cat and Blue Light Food Truck.

Since 1930, Santa Paula Airport has been widely recognized around the world for its antique, classic and experimental aircraft as well as celebrated for its climate and its friendliness. 

The Airport is located at 800 Santa Maria St., between the Palm and 10th Street exits of the 126 Freeway. Rain cancels the event.  

Call (805) 525-1109 or visit www.amszp.org for more information.

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