Steve McQueen’s country club in the sky

Santa Paula is Steve McQueen’s last hometown and it’s paying tribute to its most famous resident with a weekend of aviation activities as well as promoting its Aviation Museum.

Steve McQueen’s wife Barbara will be signing copies of Steve McQueen: The Last Mile, a book that captures unique images of the actor who loved vintage aircraft, motorcycles and cars and admired the men who flew and drove them.


Barbara McQueen says that this is her first trip back to Santa Paula since her late husband’s death in 1980.

“Santa Paula was Steve’s church and he really loved the city with all of his heart and soul. He was treated like a normal person there where he could relax and be himself, hang out with friends and fly his planes.”

Mike Dewey, a museum board member, remembers wistfully how Steve used to say: “Santa Paula Airport is my kinda country club.’” 

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