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 Redlands Municipal Airport: A Rich Heritage
 
 
 
 
         Civil Aviation has been a part of Redlands, California since the first known "air meet" was held at the University of Redlands in 1911.
 
         Among the area's first notable aviation figures was Mr. Beryl Williams who founded the Redlands Aircraft Company in 1916.  He later moved the business to Riverside and changed the company name to the Riverside Aircraft Company.  Williams is best remembered at the time for painting his bi-plane with seven coats of light blue paint so it would not be visible from the ground.
 
         While we know that Redlands had a history of early aviation, little is known about any formal airstrip serving the Redlands community.  Then again, in the early days of aviation, farmer's fields served as airstrips for most pilots.
  
         It wasn't until 1947, when Robert Kanaga and Austin Welch built the Redlands Flying Inn Airport that Redlands had its first formal airport.  Kanaga and Welch constructed a 3,500 foot runway, a maintenance shop, and a hangar (a Quonset style building occupied by Red Aero today).
 
         Celebrities flying to the West Coast often chose to fly into Redlands airport for its privacy.  Additionally, because of its elevation, Redlands was often the only airstrip in the Los Angeles area that was not fogged in.
 
         During the 1950's, Kanaga was called up for active duty in the Korean War and he and Welch were forced to sell the airport.
 
         At the time, the City did not have funds to purchase the airport so it was sold to the Southern California Turkey Growers Association who ran a turkey and chicken ranch on the site.
  
         In the late 1950's, Roy Haskins and Alexander Theos purchased the turkey ranch and began to refurbish the buildings to turn it back into an aviation facility.
 
         In 1962, with the help of a $20,000 loan from Lockheed, the City was able to purchase land to expand the airport site and make the airport a municipal facility.
 
         Several airport improvement projects followed to extend and widen the runway, install lights, erect a beacon (which was originally at Norton Airforce Base in San Bernardino), and install fencing.
 
         Today, the Redlands Municipal Airport (FAA identification KREI) sits on 180 acres in northeast Redlands and is home to a variety of businesses including a fixed base operator with a fueling station, flight training schools, and various aircraft repair and refurbishing establishments. 
 
 
         In December 2007, authority for the airport was transferred from the City of Redlands Municipal Utilities Department to the Quality of Life Department, which is actively working to maintain an airport facility that is self-sufficient and can increase its value to the City of Redlands and the local aviation community.

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Yesterday

  1. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Monday, April 14th
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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Today

  1. City Council Closed Session Meeting
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, April 15th
    • End time: 06:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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  2. City Council Meeting
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, April 15th
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Agenda available to view at http://cityofredlands.org/councilvideo

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  3. Pajama Story Time
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, April 15th
    • End time: 07:30pm
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Pajama Story Time each Tuesday evening. We will have great stories read aloud to the kids.

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Tomorrow

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, April 16th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, April 16th
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Thursday, April 17th

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Thursday, April 17th
    • End time: 10:30am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room with your toddler. Open to ages 2 & 3, we sing and share fabulous stories. Meet new friends afterwards out in the park as most of the families stay to play!

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  2. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, April 17th
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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  3. Market Night
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End date: Thursday, April 17th
    • End time: 09:00pm
    • Established in 1988, Redlands Market Night has established itself as one of the most successful certified farmers markets in Southern California! Vendors vie to participate in the event that has attracted thousands of weekly visitors since its inception. Visitors are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere complete with lighted trees, brick sidewalks, historic buildings, and great musical entertainment. Crowds are pleasantly surrounded by over 150 food and merchandise booths, not to mention the downtown shopkeepers, every Thursday night.

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Saturday, April 19th

  1. Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market
    • Start time: 08:00am
    • End date: Saturday, April 19th
    • End time: 11:00am
    • The City’s successful Saturday Morning Certified Farmers Market brings fresh local produce to historic downtown Redlands every Saturday.

      The Saturday Morning Certified Farmers’ Market began June 6, 2009, bringing local growers to the City parking lot south of Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets near Ed Hales Park. The market operates from 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday, excluding holiday weekends.

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  2. Coffee with the Council
  3. Household Hazardous Waste collection
    • Start time: 09:30am
    • End date: Saturday, April 19th
    • End time: 12:30pm
    • During operating hours, residents can dispose of household materials including, outdated prescription medication (with the exception of controlled substances), outdated pet prescription medication, paint products, chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, hobby/pool supplies, automotive oil, filters, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze, gasoline, and propane tanks.

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  4. Spanish Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Saturday, April 19th
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room and enjoy stories and songs in Spanish!

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Sunday, April 20th

  1. Library Closed

Monday, April 21st

  1. Chinese Story Time
    • Start time: 05:45pm
    • End date: Monday, April 21st
    • End time: 06:15pm
    • Join us in the Story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Chinese/Mandarin songs and stories.

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Tuesday, April 22nd

  1. Planning Commission Meeting
  2. Pajama Story Time
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End date: Tuesday, April 22nd
    • End time: 07:30pm
    • Join us in the story corner of the Young Readers' Room for Pajama Story Time each Tuesday evening. We will have great stories read aloud to the kids.

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Wednesday, April 23rd

  1. Preschool Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Wednesday, April 23rd
    • End time: 10:45am
    • Come join in the fun of stories and songs and meet new friends! Join us in the Assembly Room each Wednesday morning at 10:15 a.m.

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  2. Post 261 Explorer Meeting
    • Start time: 06:30pm
    • End date: Wednesday, April 23rd
    • End time: 08:30pm
    • Open Enrollment to join the Redlands Explorer Program is in January of every year, but you can pick-up and drop-off applications through-out the entire year at the Fire Administration office. Ages to join are between 15 years To 21 years old.

      Fire Administrative Office
      35 Cajon Street #12
      Redlands, CA 92373

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Thursday, April 24th

  1. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:15am
    • End date: Thursday, April 24th
    • End time: 10:30am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room with your toddler. Open to ages 2 & 3, we sing and share fabulous stories. Meet new friends afterwards out in the park as most of the families stay to play!

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  2. Tiny Tot Story Time
    • Start time: 10:40am
    • End date: Thursday, April 24th
    • End time: 10:55am
    • Join us in the Assembly Room each Thursday morning for great songs, and stories!

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