Looking for some high flying action next weekend? Check out the seventh annual airshow on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Ranger Antique Airfield.
Step back in time at the Ranger Airfield. With its grass and dirt landing strip and original hanger from 1928, the Ranger Airfield is one of the oldest airfields in Central Texas. This airshow is the main fundraiser for the airfield.
Gates will open at 7 a.m. and aerobatic performances begin at 1 p.m. Adults are $5 each at the gate and kids 17 and under get in free. All children must be accompanied by an adult to enter the airshow.
The Ranger Fly-In and Airshow was established in 2008 to promote and celebrate the historic airfield. According to event organizers, several hundred aircraft are expected to attend, weather permitting.
Ranger Airfield began in 1911 when famed racer and pioneer pilot R.G. Fowler landed is Wright "B" biplane in a farmers field just south of pre-boomtown Ranger. That field was informally recognized as a landing site until officially becoming Ranger Municipal in 1928.
An all-metal hangar was erected that year which included a floor paved with Thurber Brick. In 1931 Amelia Earhart visited the airfield while on tour of the United States. Earhart disappeared in the Pacific Ocean just six years later in 1937.
By that time, because of effects from the Great Depression, the airfield was all but abandoned. The looming war in Europe helped save the field when Congress approved the Civilian Pilot Training Program in 1938. The program was established to train pilots and mechanics with the knowledge they'd need to fight victoriously.
Ranger's CPT program used three light aircraft and a Travel Air biplane. Many Ranger graduates went on to fight in the war; some never made it home. After the war Ranger Airfield saw little change.
The original hangar from 1928 is still in use today and the grass runway is well known to pilots throughout Texas and beyond.
Over 150 aircraft, many Antique and Classic, have flown in to celebrate and experience Ranger Airfield during the Ranger Fly-In and Airshow, several hundred are expected this year.
Sunblock and shades are recommended. There is a no pets policy for drive-in attendees. Ranger Airfield is located behind Ranger College at 1402 Oddie St. 76470.