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Eagle Field Events

 

 Dos Palos Lion’s Club Fundraisers to Help Eagle Field

5th Annual Eagle Field Drags -May 17th and 18th

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29th Annual Eagle Field Dinner Dance - May 31st, 2014

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Enjoy a fine catered dinner and listen to the sensational 1940’s music of the 18-piece Knight Sounds Big Band, all of this in an ambience that takes you back to when this was an active US Army Air Force flight training base.

 

In 2013 we had a problem with a high water table, which softened the ground and prevented the heavy aircraft from coming in. The terrific news is that we recently installed nearly two miles of drain pipe that has significantly lowered the water level, which means the flight line ought to be packed with aircraft. We understand there may even be an “attack” by a couple of German planes, forcing us to defend ourselves with our trusty fire-breathing anti-aircraft gun and jeep-mounted machine guns.

 

Folks typically dress semi-formal; but you can put on that old uniform, or wear civilian outfits from the era. Enhancing the wartime feel will be authentically attired re-enactors. The dance contest, which will include some swing dance-club members, is guaranteed to brighten your evening. You will want to bid on an array of antiques and other interesting items at our silent auction.

 

All profits go into a special Lion’s Club account dedicated to maintaining and improving Eagle Field. Last year, using revenues from the Vintage Drag Races and the Fly-in, we screwed down (10,000 screws) and painted the large hangar roof and re-surfaced portions of the exterior of the barracks. This year we will complete the barracks stucco job and repair the roofs again (a constant thing), and hopefully repair and extend the runway. The Lion’s Club has helped to make Eagle Field a community effort, and your attendance at this dinner and other events, such as the vintage drag races on May 17/18, are what keeps the dream alive. WE NEED YOU!!

 

Former Eagle Field Cadets and Workers

Former Eagle Field Cadets, Eagle Field workers and other World War II Veterans and Families are encouraged to meet in the Administration Building Museum at 1:00 PM on Saturday for snacks and conversation. The Museum will be closed to other visitors during this meeting. Please let us know if you plan to this attend.

For those who want to come early and hangout, Hot Dogs, Burgers, Nachos and Liquid Refreshments will be available at the Enlisted Men’s Canteen starting at noon!

Sunday June 1st, 2014

The Lion’s Club breakfast starts at 8 AM and goes until 10 AM. There will be time for you to enjoy visiting the re-enactor groups and the museum, and you’ll want to watch the departing aircraft. Sunday is low key and the perfect way to top off the weekend. Food will again be available at the Canteen around noon.

Saturday Schedule

Noon Gates open and hot dogs/nachos/sodas available at enlisted club, Quonset
1:00 Former Cadets/WWII Veterans/Field Workers meet in Admin museum.
3:00 Hangar door opens, you can pick up dinner tickets up until dinner time.
5:00 Approximate time the bombers arrive, weather dependent. Silent Auction
6:30 Dinner is served
7:45 Strike up the Band, Veteran’s Called Up
9:00 Dance Contest
10:00 Coffee and Cake Break
11:00 The Doors Close

 

Sunday Schedule

7:00 Gates Open
9:00 Lion’s Club Breakfast begins in the hangar, Goes on until 11 AM
10:00 Aircraft Departures, Rides and Fly-bys usually go on until 2PM. There may be a WWII battle re-enactment in early afternoon, so stay please tuned.

 

Hotels

Best Western Executive Inn, on 152 in Los Banos 209 827-0954
Apricot Inn, 17 Miles South of Eagle Field on I-5 559 659-1444
Vagabond Inn, on 152 in Los Banos 209 827-4677
Days Inn, on 152 in Los Banos 209 826-9690
Regency Inn, on 152 in Los Banos 209 826-3871
Holiday Inn, on I-5 at Santa Nella 209 826-8282
Ramada Inn, on I-5 at Santa Nella 209 826-4444
Motel 6, on I-5 at Santa Nella 209 826-6644

 

For the Pilots: First of all, be safe and use good judgment at our uncontrolled field, and please monitor/use 122.9 to announce your arrival. There will be a shuttle to the Vagabond Hotel ONLY, with runs approximately every hour beginning at 9PM. The shuttle stop is at the Quonset Hut. If you need an earlier ride, please call Michelle (925 383-3916) a few days before to make arrangements.

 

RVs: Are welcome for ticketed guests only. Self-contained RVs please, as we have NO hookups. The ideal RV arrival time is Friday through 1 PM Saturday, but you are welcome to come in Thursday. If you plan to use a generator, please try to park in such a way as to minimize disturbance of others. If you park with your windows facing northwest you will get a good breeze at night to cool things down a bit.

 

Directions: The best directions to the field are on the Eagle Field website, www.eaglefield.net. But, if you wish to use MapQuest or another web-based mapping system, please use 11100 W. Eagle Ave, Firebaugh, CA 93622 as the destination address. Typically, these mapping systems take you quite a ways out of the way to get here, so a road map or the Eagle Field website directions are preferable.

 

Contact Information:  For Ticket Information contact Michelle Knobbe at 925-828-9690 (leave message) or her cell phone 925 383-3916, or email here here (link). For other inquiries about the airfield, aircraft flying in or general info please contact us here (link) , or call 559 269-7923.