Santa Paula Airport History

Today, Santa Paula is the oldest airport in Ventura County. Throughout the years, Santa Paula Airport has been widely recognized around the world for its antique, classic and experimental aircraft, and the unique group of people who have chosen to fly here. Many talented and famous pilots have flown in and out of Santa Paula Airport, including Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, Roscoe Turner and Pancho Barnes. Notable Santa Paula based pilots include: Sammy Mason, Harlan “Bud” Gurney, Mira Slovak, Clete Roberts, Steve McQueen, and Walter “Matt” Jefferies.

A lot of aviation history is stored around this airport, some artifacts dating back to the airport’s beginning, waiting for a place to be displayed and shared. Strolling through the airport is like stepping back in time, peering into hangars built in the 1930s and ’40s, hearing the roar of radial engines lifting a vintage aircraft into flight, and visiting with people who honor and remember the Golden Age of Aviation.

Please visit our Museum, which vividly relates the history of our airport through the use of historic photos, artifacts, and a video which shows the airport’s construction and opening day festivities. As our Museum continues to grow, additional exhibits in our Chain of Hangars will continue the story of Santa Paula Airport. Thanks to our generous members and supporters, our new, permanent home is nearly complete!

We are always seeking additional information and artifacts concerning Santa Paula Airport’s history, and the history of aviation in general. Please get in touch with us if you can help!

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