Cockpits open for aviation buffs

August 31, 2013 

CHARLES GUEST/cguest@losbanosenterprise.com Former helicopter aviator Jose Rosario brought his four-year-old son Jayden to Castle Air Museum on Thursday. Here Rosario shows his son a Kayman Huskie that is on static display at Castle, which also has 55 other aircraft on display - and more coming. Castle is expecting a flood of visitors on September 2nd during Open Cockpit Day. Rosario works at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View California and lives in San Francisco.

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— Castle Air Museum will open the cockpits of its historic aircraft on Sunday for an intimate viewing by the public that happens just twice a year.

The annual Fall Open Cockpit Day, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will give people an up-close look at 30 of the museum's 60 restored vintage military aircraft.

In addition to aircraft that show nearly 75 years of aviation history, helicopter rides will be available and there will be law enforcement displays.

The children can enjoy bounce houses and snack on bomber burgers and hot dogs.

Castle Air Museum, which opened in June 1981, displays restored aircraft from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War era.

Castle Air Museum holds an Open Cockpit Day in May for Memorial Day and September for Labor Day.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $30 for a family of four, and $5 for youth from ages 6 to 17. Children 5 and younger and active-duty military personnel with ID are admitted free.

For more information, call (209) 723-2178 or go to www.castleairmuseum.org.

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