Pilots from all over the region are expected to land this weekend at the Sutter County Airport in Yuba City for the Ragwing Roundup featuring antique and fabric-covered aircraft.
Hosted by the Sutter Buttes Regional Aviation Association, the event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday. The airport is at 146 Garden Highway. Admission is free.
Past fly-ins have included maybe a half-dozen airplanes to 40 or 50, said Darryl Dunn, public affairs officer for the association. Aircraft flown in can be from as early as the 1930s.
“It’s a laissez faire kind of day, no show, just a fly-in,” Dunn said. The event gives pilots the opportunity to display their aircraft and talk with kids and others in the community about aviation.
“It’s a good way to introduce aviation to the youth of the community,” he said.
The local aviation association is kicking off the roundup by dedicating the airport’s first flagpole with a U.S. flag that was previously flown over the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C., and in a U-2 aircraft over 70,000 feet.
Afterward, the featured flag will be retired, framed and hung in an office at the airport. A larger U.S. flag will be flown over the airport on the 30-foot high flagpole.
Organizations taking part in the roundup include the American Legion Post 705, the Civil Air Patrol and the Yuba-Sutter Sheriffs Aero Squadron.
The nonprofit Sutter Buttes Regional Aviation Association has been the airport’s governing body since July 2014.