The “Trio” blog team for Petaluma360 woke up this morning wondering if the reenactment airmail flight of Fred J. Wiseman announced for “take off” around noon on February 19 would be able take place due to the recent rain and wet weather? Collectively, “Me, Myself, & I” wonder if history might repeat itself?
The PAPA Wiseman-Cooke model plane is now back at the Petaluma airport ready to go to Santa Rosa (symbolically speaking) because its PAPA (the Petaluma Area Pilots Association) has tightened the bolts and cleaned the fabric wings after performing local “demonstrations” while on display at the Petaluma Historical Museum & Library, in connection with its “Flight” exhibit.
A second Wiseman “personalized” stamp has been produced just in time to be placed on envelopes that carry historic designs from earlier celebration events: the 50th Anniversary in 1961, the dedication of the Wiseman monument in 1968, and the 75th anniversary in 1986. Citizens of various communities in Sonoma County have self-addressed a souvenir postcard that will be hand-cancelled and mailed by the U.S. Post Office in Petaluma, CA on the 100th Anniversary date of February 17, 2011.
However, the question remains, “Will history repeat itself with a postponement of the symbolic reenactment flight, scheduled for February 19th.? Stay tuned.
Note: Between now and then, Petaluma will be the site of three centennial celebration events: Thursday (2/17) – Slide talk at the County Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive at 11:00 a.m.; Historic Walk (2/18) that leaves the Library parking lot at 6;30 a.m. for Santa Rosa; and on (2/19) from 11:00 a.m. to Noon, a Centennial Celebration program at the Petaluma Airport (including the reenactment flight.) http://www.fredwiseman.org