History in the making

March 17, 2010 by Craig Fuller
Tom Wathen and I standing in front of his full-scale replica of the original de Havilland DH.88 Comet, Grosvenor House, that won the England-to-Australia Air Race in 1934.

Tom Wathen and I standing in front of his full-scale replica of the original de Havilland DH.88 Comet, Grosvenor House, that won the England-to-Australia Air Race in 1934.

This morning I enjoyed an inspirational trip to one of California’s oldest surviving airports, Flabob Airport near Riverside. The field has been around since 1925, and started life as Riverside Municipal. Today it is privately owned by the Thomas W. Wathen Foundation, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to education through aviation.” They even have a high school on the airport, with more than 100 students enrolled.

This wonderful little airport has a lot of history and is fortunate to have a team of dedicated guardians who want to preserve that history and ensure that the airport has a place in the aviation world of today and tomorrow. You’ll find some great photos from the past, as well as some nice aerial shots and helpful fly-in information for today, on its website (www.flabob.org).

Tom looking over plans for the future of Flabob.

Tom looking over plans for the future of Flabob.

Tom Wathen is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the airport, and he’s got some exciting plans for the future, even as he works to preserve the past. Once again, I am seeing just how much a handful of dedicated individuals can do when they get engaged!

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