Celebrate history, promote general aviation, and enjoy sights along the Mother Road!
Since the beginnings of fixed-wing aviation, pilots have been flying air tours to exhibit aircraft capabilities and share their passion for aviation. This tour will highlight aviators, aircraft and significant historical events along Route 66.
Pilots and crew will fly the planned route, landing at community airports for commemorative celebrations, museum visits, and brief presentations highlighting general aviation.
The public is invited to join us, viewing aircraft and interacting with pilots and crew at each stop. This tour is sponsored by Chapter 179 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
REGISTRATION CLOSED for 2018 Tour
- PAY BY CHECK: Download REGISTRATION FORM, complete, and mail to EAA 179 PO Box with your check.
- PAY ONLINE: Download REGISTRATION FORM, complete and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click to pay here, and enter the total tour cost for participants in your aircraft:
- IMPORTANT!!! Make your own reservations directly for overnight accommodations:
Tucumcari: Rates at the Roadrunner Lodge include a basic breakfast (2 eggs, hash browns, toast, and coffee or tea) at “Kix on 66” diner. Rates at the Safari Lodge in Tucumcari are lower, but do not include breakfast. The “Kix on 66” has a nice and very reasonable breakfast menu, and it is within easy walking distance from both hotels. Both hotels are offering their standard winter rates without further discount. Make your reservations through their web sites.
Las Vegas: Special “Air Tour” rates at the Historic 1882 Plaza Hotel will be honored through January. Room descriptions are available on the Plaza Hotel web site. To reserve your room, call (505) 425-3591 (ask for “Air Tour” rate)
Winslow: This stop is designed as a relaxing finale to the Route 66 Air Tour with no formal activities planned. The La Posada Hotel (http://laposada.org/ ) was a beautiful, iconic Santa Fe Railroad hotel and Fred Harvey Restaurant (Harvey House) that opened in 1930. It was the last AT&SF hotel constructed, and it was designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter. It has been lovingly restored and updated and includes the Turquoise Room, an outstanding restaurant with a good wine list and a nice, intimate bar. You can tour the hotel, watch the trains, and relax by the fire in the ballroom, reading or recapping the weekend with your fellow Air Tour participants.
Reserve your room at the La Posada Hotel or other lodging and dining options are available in Winslow, if you desire. We have arranged transportation to and from hotels for your stay. Taxi service is available in Winslow.
Friday, February 16
Santa Rosa Route 66 Airport (KSXU)
1300 – 1500 Coffee Stop, take off on old Route 66!
1400 Community Presentation
Tucumcari Municipal (KTCC)
1500-1700 Arrival Window
Tour Tucumcari + Route 66 Museum
1830 Social and Dinner
Route 66 History presentation
Overnight: Tucumcari historic motels
https://www.roadrunnerlodge.com/ (includes breakfast at “Kix on 66″)
Saturday, February 17
Breakfast at “Kix on 66” Diner
Moriarty Airport (0E0)
1100 Presentation, Community event
Lunch at Commemorative Air Force Lobo Wing Hangar
View historic sites enroute to KLVS.
Las Vegas Municipal Airport (KLVS)
1600 Presentation, Community event
1830 Social and Dinner
Las Vegas History presentation
Overnight: Historic 1882 Plaza Hotel http://www.plazahotellvnm.com/
Sunday, February 18
Breakfast at the Plaza Hotel
View historic sites enroute to KGNT
Grants-Milan Airport (KGNT)
1130 Presentation, Community event
Lunch at the ‘60s-style WOW Diner
Tour Cibola County Airway Museum
View airway markers, Painted Desert, and Meteor Crater enroute to KINW
Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport (KINW)
See the original TAT hangar and terminal & enjoy “Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona”
Overnight and dinner at La Posada/Turquoise Room or other accommodations of your choosing. http://laposada.org/
Monday, February 19 (Presidents Day)
Breakfast on your own, depart for home.