Mr. Monrovia Flies to Myrtle Avenue and Beyond


Gabe Lopez gets ready for take-off last Thursday as Hal Leavens is geared up for his inaugural flight in the classic Stearman.- Courtesy photo / Ralph Walker

Hal Leavens (a.k.a. Mr. Monrovia) took to the Monrovia skies last Thursday as the result of a winning a contest.

No, Leavens wasn’t piloting the vintage WW11 Stearman Bi-Plane. It was none other than Gabe Lopez who was the pilot and took off from San Gabriel Valley Airport around 11:30 a.m. Thursday morning so that Leavens could grace the Monrovia sky with his presence.

Leavens, who will be 83 in July, says “I have to live to be 91 to see my son Mark ride down Colorado Boulevard as the president of the Tournament of Roses.” Leavens asked Lopez to fly him up and down Myrtle in Monrovia as friends and colleagues waved to the beautiful twin winged yellow bird on a beautiful clear spring morning.


  1. What a great place to check out and have lunch at Annia’s Kitchen while
    watching the planes come and go. This was formerly known as El Monte Air Port
    now its the San Gabriel Valley Airport located at 4233 Santa Anita Ave. EL Monte CA. 91731


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