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    So....

    I don't know what or why, but today I started feeling nostalgic for the old Nut Tree Airport/Train/Restaurant/Gift Shop. I used to have lots of the posters. I think I still have the Spruce Goose one somewhere, and I know I still have the Conquest 1 shot...as well as my favorite, the head-on of Cliff Cummins in Big Z's Mustang N332 at the Mojave 1000. I used to have a silly one too...airplanes that were made out of fruit and food. Don't know where that one ended up.

    I remember that one time we flew in to Nut Tree, and we parked next to a yellow P-51. That was the first Mustang I ever got to sit in...and I think that trip we were returning from the Reno Air Races, so it was even better!

    I miss the train too.

    Anyone out there have any good Nut Tree memories they want to share?

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    Sadly I moved (got stationed) here to Vacaville just as the Nut Tree was closing down. But boy do I ever wish that I had been around in its hay day, from what I've read and seen in photo's it sure seems to have been a major stoping point for many of aviations greats.
    I'm not sure if you have seen or heard what has become of the property... if you haven't I can drive by tomorrow and snap off a few photo's to give you an idea of what it's like (or not like in this case) these days.

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    Brad,

    I have some great memories of the old Nut Tree too!

    I have flown down there several times lately- the airport is still active,
    but EVERYTHING else is gone. They have a really nice baseball field:

    http://www.solanothunderbirds.com/

    It's really sad........I spent hours and hours looking at the aviation books and goodies there....I even rode the choo choo once in awhile! hehe

    http://www.alamedainfo.com/nut_tree_CA.htm

    All the best, OBR

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    I lived in Vacaville for 30 years. The highlght on a summer evening (ya gotta remember Vaca was MUCH smaller then) was to got to the local Mexi restauraunt (Murrilo's, the original one) then walk around Nut Tree for awhile listening to the music, getting a cone and shopping. The yearly scarecrow competition was cool too.
    Drove by last weekend and nothing at the main building site but a field.
    A lot of the west coast warbirds used to visit on the way thru and have lots of photo's over the years, P-40's, P-51's, PBY's, B-25's, B-17's and tons of T-6's and T-28's.
    Miss it.

    Leo

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    Any of you guys regulars at the old Vacaville gliderport?

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    Trained there and flew there for almost ten years.
    ASK-21's and Grob's.

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    How about Vaca-Dixon, I flew to field back in mid 70's it was a dirt strip.
    It closed 1979 or 80 although the Hangars are still there today. Its a few miles east of the Nut Tree right next to I-80.

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    When the glider operation was kicked out of Lagoon Valley, it moved to the old Vaca-Dixon for awhile. I flew out of there a couple of times and it was'nt fun anymore, too far from the hills and too close to the power substation. A couple of locals closed it down with very emotional complaints to the Council while the were trying to get a permit to operate there. They are up near Williams now.
    There is a Stearman being re-built in one of those hangars. Now and then it's sitting outside.
    There is also an old banked track and dragstrip just to the north, oldtimers will remember it.
    Years ago Steve Seghetti and another pilot used to keep their T-6' there. Steve once let some friends and I climb into and photograph his, around 1975 I guess.
    Anyone remember the very sad B-25 that sat at Nut Tree for awhile? Took off one day and barely staggered airborn across town. Quite a sight.
    God, I'm getting old.

    Leo

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    Leo-
    Were you at Vacaville, when Crazy Dave, aka: Rookie, had his trailer there?

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    I fly R/C gliders regularly in the hills just above where the Vaca glider port used to be. Same as with the Nut Tree I moved to Vacaville at the wrong time. I remember when I first got into town buying a map and seeing the glider port listed on there, I dorve around for a good hour trying to figure out when in the heck it was before I found out it had been shut down. Then I heard about the Vaca-Dixon port... drive out that way and it was gone too, they still had the glider sitting out on the edge of I-80 advertising glider rides.

    If you go to this website and scroll just a little ways down you can see photo's of the old glider ports (then and now) along with a little information on them.

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