Santa Drops-In at Sonoma County Airport Dec 20

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Santa Drops-In at Sonoma County Airport Dec 20

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a fat bearded man in a bright red suit plummeting at breakneck speed from a helicopter, to deliver some Sonoma County Christmas cheer!

No worries, kids. Santa won't actually fall. He will land quite nicely and safely on Dec. 20, 2014, for the Santa Fly-In at The Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) in Santa Rosa. The fancy touchdown is part of an annual tradition for the facility at the Sonoma County/Charles M. Schulz Airport.

As always, visitors can ooh and aah to the character being delivered aboard a bright red helicopter provided by REACH Air Medical Services.

After his dramatic appearance about 10:30 a.m., Santa will invite children to sit on his lap and whisper their Christmas wishes. There will be treat bags for everyone, a bounce house or two, airplanes to climb aboard, and hot dogs, popcorn, and other refreshments for purchase.

Father Christmas dates back as far as 16th century in England during the reign of Henry VIII, when he was pictured as a large man in green or scarlet robes lined with fur.

The Santa Fly-In at PCAM, though, had been an idea in the minds of several aircraft owners at Sonoma County Airport since the first museum meeting was held at the base of the Air Traffic Control Tower at Sonoma County Airport in 1990.

Now, the event is part of very popular Open House welcoming the community to view the museum's growing collection of historic aircraft and artifacts.
The museum will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.

Details: PCAM, One Air Museum Way, Santa Rosa,

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Carey Sweet