Photo Credit: Leah Thompson
A Stearman Biplane used as a World War II trainer prepares for takeoff Saturday during the West Coast Piper Cub Fly-In at the Lompoc Airport.
No one brags about how fast or fancy their chrome yellow plane is because everyone’s ride is the same.
Piper Cub pilots from coast to coast have been flying into the Lompoc Airport for 28 years for the camaraderie, the stories and to reunite with their new and old friends.
Bern Heimos of Laguna Niguel in Orange County has marked the annual West Coast Cub Fly-In on his calendar the past six years, including Saturday’s event.
The lack of annoying vendors and fierce competition is what Heimos said he likes about the nation’s longest-standing Piper Cub gathering.
Not that Heimos isn’t up for some flour bombing, spot-landing and historic aircraft judging contests.
He and his 1939 Cub were awarded first place in flour bombing in 2010.
“Once you buy a Piper Cub, you’re kind of invited,” Heimos said. “It’s really more like family. We talk about our experiences.”
Approximately 65 small Piper Cubs began descending upon the Lompoc Airport on Thursday.
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