Flying machines, food trucks and families will share the flightline at San Martin Airport on May 21 during Food Truck Fly-In, a free community event featuring food, airplane displays, aviation-centric entertainment and live music. This event is a repeat of last year’s event, which attracted more than 2,500 visitors, according to a press release from 111th Aerial & Architectural Photography.
“This is another great opportunity for the public to connect with the piloting community on a day of fun, food and celebration at this South County airfield,” said Niki Britton, co-organizer of the event. “This invitation comes with the hope of showing our neighbors the importance of having an airport in our community.”
Joe McMurray, another co-organizer of the May 21 event, said: “Often the community outside the airport gates misses that importance. The San Martin Airport served as a base for CalFire helicopters during the fire season, youngsters from Morgan Hill, San Martin and Gilroy were given free flights at the airport under the Young Eagles program and the DART (Disaster Airlift Response Team) program Pilots from the airport San Martin have prepared to respond in the event of a disaster by being able to fly relief supplies in or out of our community.”
Individuals coming to this family-friendly event are invited to walk the line of parked aircraft on display. Airport-based businesses including skydiving, flight instruction and Gavilan College’s aircraft maintenance school will be there to answer questions. A variety of locally owned and operated food trucks will offer a delicious and diverse mix of foods for purchase, the release continues.
“Those of us who fly want to share our love of the airport,” Britton said. “We look forward to seeing many of the airport’s neighbors and friends for a full day of aviation activities.”
“All profits from the event go to aviation-centric scholarships sponsored by the South County Airport Pilots Association (SCAPA),” Britton said.
In addition to the fun at the airfield, the Wings of History Aircraft Museum, directly across from the airport, is open for admission for a small donation. Adults can also relax in a museum vineyard, sponsored by Gilroy Rotary, which showcases wines from local wineries.
And in homage to Armed Forces Day, the event has welcomed the Eagle Field Foundation’s collection of military vehicles so attendees young and old can have a hands-on experience to see and touch the moving military artifacts from World War I to the present day, the said organizers.
Anyone wishing to drive should take the San Martin Ave exit off Highway 101 and head west. Signs direct attendees to free parking. fly in? San Martin Airport’s identifier is E16. Parking is located at the southern end of the airfield.