Plane Crazy Event Russian Biplane Restoration Topic | News

MOJAVE — For many years, a 1977 Russian AN-2 biplane sat at Mojave Air and Spaceport, before pilot and aircraft restorer Todd Schultz rescued it and restored it to airworthy condition.

It’s not the only plane – or glider, car, truck or tank – that Schultz has rescued. His love of all things aviation and aviation led him to found the Golden Age Flight Museum, in 2016, where he shares his knowledge and passion through educational programs, including STEM platforms. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Schultz will share the story of the AN-2 restoration and the Golden Age Flight Museum with the public on Saturday at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

The presentation will begin at 11 a.m., in the council chambers, in the administrative building at the end of airport boulevard.

Schultz’s speech is part of Plane Crazy Saturday, a monthly gathering of aviation enthusiasts presented by the Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation.

The free, family-friendly educational event features a flight line packed with aircraft of various types and vintages, which visitors can view up close.

The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Access to the flight line with its displays is through the Voyager restaurant in the administration building. The restaurant opens for breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

Dogs and other animals, other than service animals, are not permitted on the flight line.

Seating for the 11 a.m. presentation is limited. Reservations are requested by emailing [email protected] or calling 66-342-0604. Donations to support the museum foundation are appreciated.

Growing up in an aviation family, Schultz’s passion for aviation began at a young age when he never missed an opportunity to fly with his father. He earned his pilot’s license while still in high school and has added many additional certifications since, including Air Transport and Flight Instructor, as well as Gliders and Seaplanes. He is also a certified airframe and power plant mechanic.

A graduate of Utah State Aeronautical University with a degree in aviation management, Schultz is now captain of an airline charter company in Bakersfield.

The Golden Age Flight Museum has two locations, an exhibition collection in Tehachapi and a restoration hangar in Bakersfield. The Tehachapi site is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the second Saturday of each month.

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