Golden West Regional Fly-in & Airshow 2013
“DAWN OF AVIATION IN THE WEST”
Golden West Regional Fly-in & Airshow is gearing up for its 2013 event
scheduled for June 7, 8 & 9, 2013 at the Yuba County Airport (MYV) in
the community of Olivehurst, California.
Golden West 2013 introduces a challenge to aviation history and will be
showcasing the first look at the full size replica of the Montgomery
Flier, begging the question….Who was really first…the Wright Brothers or
John Montgomery?….the East or the West?….where did aviation get is first
In a new book, “Quest for Flight:
John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West” by
aviation historians Craig Harwood and Gary Fogel, the story of
Montgomery has helped place the American West in context with regard to
aviation history. Some 20
years before the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, N.C., California
aviation pioneer and inventor, John J. Montgomery flew heavier than air
craft in 1883. Author Craig
Harwood will be presenting his story at Golden West.
John Montgomery was the brother of Mr. Harwood’s great
In addition to Montgomery’s accomplishments, Golden West is also
recognizing a major milestone in military aviation history--the 100 year
anniversary of the oldest aviation unit in the U.S. Military.
The 1st Reconnaissance
Squadron at Beale AFB, CA, was originally founded in 1913 at Texas City,
Texas as the 1st Aero Squadron.
The squadron was established to provide aerial support to General
John “Blackjack” Pershing’s Punitive Expedition into Mexico while in
pursuit of Generalissimo Pancho Villa.
An interesting historical side note is a junior member of Gen
Pershing’s staff at the time, was a young Lieutenant by the name of
George S. Patton Jr. In
continuous operation since its founding the 1st RS remains
vital to the U.S. military’s Intelligence Surveillance and
Reconnaissance (ISR) mission.
Golden West brings aviation enthusiasts from all over the West gathering
to celebrate their shared love of flight, remember those lost in years
past, and celebrate our future in aviation technology. Pilots of all
types of aircraft from Light Sport to our military are expected to
participate in this aviation convention which is open to the public.
According to Golden West President Amy Clemens, “The event is as
much about the aircraft as it is about friends coming together to renew
acquaintances and to make new ones
The Golden West Regional Fly-in & Airshow will be open 8:00 AM to 5:00
PM all three days and feature a daily pancake breakfast, forums and
workshops. The Kid QwestTM hangar will provide
aviation-related hands on activities for kids of all ages and our Young
Eagles program will be scheduling flights for kids ages 8-17.
Each day an aerobatic airshow will take place featuring Eddie
Andreini and his new P51 aircraft, Bill Cornick and Spencer Suderman,
with the ARC Racing Challenge, Vicky Benzing, Dr. D, Liberty Parachute
Team, Carl Liepold, and others.
Many more exciting and interesting activities are planned for this
year’s Golden West Flyin & Airshow. For more information, visit
our website at
About Golden West Aviation Association
West Aviation Association, Inc. is an all volunteer 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit association based in Marysville California and is best
known for its annual fly-in. Through the event Golden West “opens the
gates to aviation” while achieving its goals of promoting aviation
education and safety and preserving aviation history.