Eagle Field Dinner Dance, Warbird Fly-In and Military Vehicle Meet
Eagle Field AAF base was opened in 1942 specifically to train pilots for World War II. From April 1942 to the winter of 1944 about five thousand pilots were trained in Ryan PT-22 and Boeing Stearman PT-17 aircraft. Puchased in 1980 by Joe Davis, Eagle Field is a link back to a very important and pivotal time in America’s history. Having been saved, hopefully in the years to come it will be fully restored. We need your support.
This, our 33rd Warbird Fly-In and Dinner Dance promises to be a very entertaining historical event. Past aircraft have included PT-17, PT-22,T-6 and T-28 trainers, B-25 and PV-2 bombers, P-40, P-51, Corsair, Bearcat and Wildcat fighters, an ME-108, L-Birds and even a veteran C-53 transport that dropped paratroopers on D-Day.
In the past, military vehicles have included Jeeps, Half-Tracks, Weasels, Command Cars, Tanks, Cleatracks, APCs, Cargo Trucks, Weapons Carriers, Staff Cars and Artillery/Anti-Aircraft pieces.
Many will dress in World War II period attire. Espana’s of Los Banos will cater our Saturday night dinner and you will sit at a beautifully decorated table. Knight Sounds, a classy 1940’s big band from Modesto, will provide live big band music. There is always an exciting swing dance contest. Our veterans will be given special recognition.
Military Vehicles Only: Arrive Friday/Saturday (For MV info contact: Don Gomes at 209 765-1273). Vehicle folks can camp out through Sunday. Showers will be available. There will be a BBQ and camp fire on Friday night. Saturday activities include: A filming for YouTube, and a military parade at 5:30. Bring period military clothing for the video. Breakfast and lunch will be available at the cantina on Saturday.
Pilots: The Eagle Field identifier is CL01. Use a RIGHT HAND PATTERN and announce arrival on 122.9. A shuttle for PILOTS ONLY goes to both the La Quinta (209) 827-4677 and Best Western (209) 827-0954 in Los Banos. One afternoon shuttle at 2:45, returning at 5:45, and one every hour 9:00 until 11:00PM, returning on Sunday AM.
Saturday June 9
2:00 PM Aircraft Arrivals Begin
3:00 PM Bar opens for water, sodas and drinks
5:00 PM People arrive for pre-dinner activities and Collectibles Silent Auction Opens for Bids
5:30 PM Military Vehicle Parade
6:30 to 7:00 PM Dinner Begins
8:00 PM Music Begins
9:00 PM Coffee and Donut Break
11:00 PM Hangar Doors Close
Sunday June 10
8:00 – 10:00 AM Pancake Breakfast
11:00 AM Aircraft Depart
Los Banos Hotels (21 miles north):
- Travelodge (209) 710-0593 ($60)
- Maple Inn (209) 827-4600 ($52)
- Economy Inn (209)826-0682 ($66)
- Red Roof Inn (209)826-9690) ($52)
- Sun Star Inn(209)826-3805 ($55)
- La Quinta (209)827-4677)($80)
- Best Western (209)827-0954 ($98)
- Los Banos Motel (209)826-2700 ($?)
Hotel on I-5 South (17 miles):
- Apricot Inn (559) 659-1444($115)
Be aware that rates may have changed.