Plane Crazy

The monthly Plane Crazy event returns Saturday to the Mojave Air and Space Port, with some modifications in keeping with COVID-19 public health rules. The gathering has undergone a few changes, such as taking place entirely outdoors on the flight line. It will feature this 1942 Boeing Stearman trainer from World War II.

MOJAVE — The long-standing Plane Crazy historic airplane display at the Mojave Air and Space Port returns Saturday, with a few modifications in keeping with public health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The monthly gathering of airplane enthusiasts typically has featured a guest speaker, along with a flight line display of airplanes of all types and vintages, allowing visitors to get up-close and personal with these private aircraft.

The gathering will be held entirely outdoors this time, without the usual speaker’s presentation in the board room.

Instead, visitors will enjoy a “walkaround” of a World War II PT-17 Stearman trainer on the flight line, with the chance to talk about the vintage airplane with owners Diane Barney and Dustin Mosher.

Presented by the Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation, Plane Crazy runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the flight line in front of the Administration Building located at the end of the Airport Boulevard.

The family-friendly, educational event is free.

Access to the flight line is through the Voyager restaurant, which opens at 7 a.m. for dining, but with limited seating in order to comply with social distancing rules.

Dogs and other an­im­als, other than ser­vice animals, are not per­mitted on the flight line.

Organizers also suggest bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy in the airport’s Legacy Park, which features the Roton Rocket and a full-size model of SpaceShipOne.

The Boeing Stearman, a trainer used by the Navy, has been featured at the Mojave Air and Space Port in the past, during last year’s Mojave Experimental Fly-in.

“It’s a blast (to fly), literally,” Mosher said of the open-cockpit plane. The plane had been restored by a previous owner some 25 years earlier when they acquired it in Texas in March 2018.

“It has some quirks that you need to figure out or it will bite you,” Barney said of flying the biplane. “The most surprising thing is how easy it is to live with.”

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