It was an unexpected draw Saturday morning.
From 10 a.m. to noon, more than 100 people flocked to one of the Hill Country's hidden gems — the airstrip at Tierra Linda Ranch.
It was dubbed "Airport Day" at the private strip, one of the key amenities of the community that calls itself Kerrville but is just across the Kerr County line in Gillespie County. For residents, or just those stopping by, it was a glorious celebration of a community centered around the accessibility of flying in, and taxing your plane right to your home is what makes Tierra Linda unique.
The day was also a celebration of the airstrip's 50th anniversary. There were several small planes on display, along with some classic cars and Jeeps.
The real star of Saturday's show was retired astronaut Col. Jack Lousma, a Kerrville resident who commanded the third mission of Space Shuttle Columbia. Lousma flew in space twice — his last flight was the Space Shuttle mission. He delighted the crowd with his stories and answered questions about his work with NASA, which included mission support for Apollo 13.
Retired astronaut Col. Jack Lousma was the guest of honor the Tierra Linda Pilot's Association Airport Day at Tierra Linda Ranch.
Here's a look at some of the planes, Jeeps and cars on display: