Historian to discuss county’s aviation history at museum

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A presentation about San Mateo County’s aviation history is scheduled to take off at the San Mateo County History Museum on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Historian Barbara Wilcox is set to deliver “Wings Over Redwood City: Origins of San Mateo County Aviation” as part of an illustrated discussion at at 1 p.m. in the historic “Courtroom A” of the museum at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

“Wilcox will acquaint the audience with the little-known story of San Mateo County’s earliest aviation days, how Redwood City lost out to Mills Field – – today’s San Francisco International Airport – – and how locals can explore that history today,” organizers said.

The event, included in the museum’s price of admission ($6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students), is part of the museum’s “Courthouse Docket” program sponsored by the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation..

Photo: Victor “Speed” Johnson, provided to the museum courtesy of Hiller Aviation Museum.