Hayward Air Rally celebrates 50th anniversary

Waving them in

By MIKE CITRO

The Hayward Air Rally, which has tested pilot planning, navigation and flying skills on the West Coast for a half century, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year in a big way, with a final destination of Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh. The rally was conducted over three days, with scoring from Hayward, California, to Madison, Wisconsin. On the fourth day, the rally participants flew as a group into Oshkosh from Madison.

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Hayward Air Rally prepares for takeoff

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Organizers note it’s less than 60 days from the start of the Hayward Air Rally from Hayward, Calif., to Oshkosh. More than 30 aircraft have entered to date, but organizers say they hope to have 50 to celebrate the rally’s 50th year.

Wonder what it’s like to fly in the air rally? Following is an account by Gil Takemori, who flew in the rally for the first time in 2013:

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