The curiously-named Flabob Airport (KRIR) is a really interesting place for aviation fans to visit, and it’s easily reached from Los Angeles.
Located in Riverside, around 50 miles east of Downtown LA, in the Jurupa Valley, is still technically within the built up area of Los Angeles, but its scenic location is so much nicer.
This small airport with a single concrete strip is actually the seventh oldest airport in California, and has attracted a community of like-minded fans of historic aviation the way things used to be done.
Most of the movements at Flabob are light aircraft, either based or visiting to enjoy the highly recommended Flabob Cafe, which occupies one of the original airport buildings and serves fantastic food in a relaxed atmosphere.
The airport was established in 1925 by Flavio Madariaga and Bob Bogan. A combination of their names gives the airport its unusual title.
Many come to Flabob to experience a flight in the resident Douglas DC-3.
Nicknamed the Flabob Express, this aircraft is a former World War II veteran of both the US Air Force and Royal Air Force. Today it is registered N103NA and flies across the country to events and airshows, and also offers scenic air experience flights.
You can find out more about how to fly on the Flabob Express DC-3 here: http://www.flabobairport.org/flabob-dc-3-experiences/
Another DC-3 is on display at the airport, behind the cafe, which is in a good position for photographs.
It is registered N131FS, but wears US Air Force markings to represent its proud history.
Spotting at Flabob
It’s easy to see the action at Flabob Airport.
From the main access roads, you can drive or walk along behind the row of hangars and other buildings and see any aircraft parked on the ramp. There is parking here.
On the south side of the airport, the residential Mission Rock Way runs parallel to part of the runway with great views and photography opportunities. There are also roads running past both ends of the runway for approach shots.