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Mike Melvill To Attend Golden West Fly-In


Mike Melvill (right) appears with Burt Rutan
Mike Melvill (right) appears with Burt Rutan following his suborbital X-Prize space flight in 2004.

June 7, 2007 — Mike Melvill, the world's first commercial astronaut, will attend The Golden West EAA Regional Fly-In June29-July 1 at Yuba County Airport, Marysville, California. Melvill, who made the first of two qualifying suborbital space flights to qualify for the $10 million Ansari X-Prize on September 29, 2004, will be the keynote speaker at the Saturday night awards dinner.

"Feed Your Need For Speed" is the theme for this year's fly-in, which has been expanded to three days for the first time. "We will have several activities centered around that theme," said John Gibson, Golden West president. Sometime during the weekend, John Parker will attempt to break his own world speed record in the Blue Thunder Mustang. (Time is scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday.) Parker set the current record in the C-1.c class at Golden West in 2005.

Also attending will be several Reno Sport Class racers who will fly in the Saturday and Sunday air shows. Those pilots will be at the Friday night dinner, which has been appropriately re-named, "Fast Food."

The KidQwest area is a place just for kids featuring a Make and Take area, coloring and drawing contest, a science and education area, and more. "Several performers from the air show will speak at the KidQwest hangar's Hero Stage, as will Mike Melvill." Gibson added.

Other activities include:

  • A full slate of forums and workshops, include Eagle Engines building two powerplants during the weekend. EAA's Ron Wagner will provide daily sport pilot forums and an EAA chapter leaders update; Jack Dueck, chairman of the of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council will also present several forums at the fly-in.
  • More than 50 exhibitors will be on the grounds.
  • Young Eagles flights will be available Friday from 9 a.m. to noon on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free for kids, who can also participate in a ground school to learn more about flying.

Gates open each day at 8 a.m., but come as early as 7 and join the Linda Lions Club for their traditional morning pancake breakfast. For complete information on Golden west, including on-line admission, visit www.goldenwestflyin.org.

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