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What are you doing on Saturday? – San Diego Planes or San Diego Padres

This Saturday, February 12, 2011,  is a big day in Cool Stuff To Do in San Diego!  –  First, we have the Centennial of Naval Aviation at Coronado’s North Island.  Simultaneously, The San Diego Padres kickoff their 2011 campaign with Padres FanFest 2011.  Both events provide the public with access to places normally off limits to the public.  North Island normally only has one public event a year, The Coronado Speed Festival and it is focused on classic auto racing.  The Padres are opening up the field at Petco Park to the public in a way unlike they do at any other time of year.     If you can’t decide which event is for you, Petco Park and almost all of the Downtown San Diego area will be a great vantage point to view the Navy flyover.  I haven’t figured out if we will be attending one or both of these events, but I do know that either one of these events beats shoveling snow!

About the Centennial of Naval Aviation

On February 17, 1911, inventor and aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss taxied his seaplane to the battleship USS PENNSYLVANIA anchored in San Diego Bay. A boat hoisted the “hydroaeroplane” aboard the ship. Later, it was lowered to the water and Curtiss returned to North Island. This historic event, more than any other, prompted the Secretary of the Navy’s decision to purchase the Navy’s first aircraft. The Navy is celebrating this historic event with the:

100th Anniversary Parade of Flight and North Island Open House

Blue Angels

Date: February 12, 2011
Time: All day – Base Gates Open at 8 am / Venue Gates Open at 9 am / Parade of Flight Begins 1 pm
Location: Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), Coronado, California

Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) welcomes all to participate in the Centennial of Naval Aviation’s kickoff event on February 12, 2011. Watch Navy, Marine and Coast Guard aircraft, from pre-WWI to the present Blue Angels F/A-18 jets, as they parade over San Diego Bay. Enjoy this spectacular aerial review from the NASNI show center, which offers the best vantage point. On the ground, guests are encouraged to view 75+ historic static aircraft, classic car show, Metal Mulisha motorcycle jump demonstrations and LIVE entertainment. Tour the Navy’s USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier and an LHA, second only to a carrier in size and aircraft capacity. This Celebration of Naval Aviation kickoff event is open to the public — admission and parking are free. Activities include:

  • Parade of Flight
  • A-1 Triad Demonstration
  • Live Stage Entertainment
  • Classic Car Show (Full – registrations no longer accepted)
  • Metal Mulisha Motorcycle Stunt Shows
  • Ship Tours
  • Food and Beverage
  • Souvenir Booths
  • Walk Around Entertainers
  • Kids Zone
  • Ultimate Video Game Party Truck
  • Centennial Village
Information Courtesy of the U.S. Navy

About Padres Fanfest 2011

The Padres are excited to host a special FREE FanFest on Saturday, February 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at PETCO Park. Bring the family out for a fun day at the ballpark! This event will be held RAIN or SHINE.

Here are some of the exciting festivities:

  • Get autographs from your favorite Padres players, coaches and alumni
  • Purchase rare, one-of-a kind Padres items including game-used jerseys & batting helmets at the Padres Garage Sale, with proceeds benefiting the Padres Foundation
  • Catch a special pitching lesson from a Padres pitcher
  • Experience PETCO Park like a player:
    • Tour the clubhouse
    • Run the bases
    • Catch fly balls in the outfield
  • Live question and answer sessions with Padres players, broadcasters and ownership
  • Special tour of grounds crew area and equipment
  • Enjoy interactive displays
  • Wear your Padres blue to show your SD pride and win prizes
  • Concessions, merchandise and activities for the kids
  • Parking is FREE
  • Get a first glimpse at promotional items for the 2011 season
Information Courtesy of the San Diego Padres

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