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San Jacinto marks anniversary of historic flight

By in Press Enterprise on July 14, 2017

By Craig Shultz

Bud Roberds was 17 in 1937, spending the summer working out of town before his senior year at San Jacinto High School when he saw his small town plastered across the top of newspapers.

A record-setting Russian plane had landed in a San Jacinto pasture, making news at home and around the world.

“I was working at a hay mill in LA and the paper had big headlines about San Jacinto,” Roberds said.

On Friday, July 14, 80 years to the day from the historic landing, Roberds and others were part of a ceremony marking the anniversary.

The event was at the Cottonwood Avenue fire station, across the street from the pasture where the plane landed.

  • A model plane of the Russian plane that landing in a field in 1937 in San Jacinto on display for visitors to see during the 80th anniversary at Fire Station 78 in San Jacinto Friday, July 14, 2017. FRANK BELLINO, THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG

  • Russian Gypsy Dancers perform for visitors during the 80th anniversary of a Russian plane landing in a field in 1937 in San Jacinto. at Fire Station 78 in San Jacinto Friday, July 14, 2017. FRANK BELLINO, THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG

    Russian Gypsy Dancers perform for visitors during the 80th anniversary of a Russian plane landing in a field in 1937 in San Jacinto. at Fire Station 78 in San Jacinto Friday, July 14, 2017. FRANK BELLINO, THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG

  • Jack Warneke talks about the the Russian plane that landed in a field in 1937 during the 80th anniversary of a Russian plane landing in a field in San Jacinto. at Fire Station 78 in San Jacinto Friday, July 14, 2017. FRANK BELLINO, THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG

    Jack Warneke talks about the the Russian plane that landed […]    

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