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Peachtree City Veterans Day to Honor Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

unnamedOn Saturday, November 8th, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be honored at Peachtree City’s 2014 Veterans Day Observance hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing.   The program will be held during the flying museum’s fourth annual Veterans Day Open House, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  The open house and program is free to the public.

The open house will begin at 9:00 a.m. with tours of the CAF Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility museum and workshop where vintage aircraft are restored and maintained.  Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions regarding current projects and education exhibits.  A variety of vintage military vehicles and aircraft will be on display, including the CAF Dixie Wing’s World War II-era planes.

It is estimated that over 2.8 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Global War in Terror beginning in 2011, with many servicemen and servicewomen serving multiple tours over the last thirteen years.

Music Alive, Peachtree City’s Official Ambassadors of Song, will perform patriotic songs beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by a program that includes a launch of Dixie Wing aircraft at 11:00 a.m., recognition of local veterans and guest speakers that include Masters of Ceremonies Col Bob Grove USAF, Ret. and Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch. 

New to the Veterans Day program is a flyover lead by Dixie Wing warbirds, scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

The CAF Dixie Wing was founded in 1987 as the 83rd chapter of the Commemorative Air Force.  The all-volunteer organization has grown to 250 members that have restored and regularly fly six World War II aircraft.  In addition to participating in over twenty air shows throughout the United States, the Dixie Wing hosts patriotic and educational events, as well as free tours for schools and youth groups. 

Previous Peachtree City Veterans Day programs have honored veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War.  Veterans from all eras are encouraged to attend the program.

Veterans Day dates back to 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th Armistice Day to remember the sacrifices of the men and women made during World War I.  After World War II, Armistice Day was expanded to celebrate all veterans.  On June 1, 1954, congress approved replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans," and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

The 2014 Peachtree City Veterans Day Observance is hosted as a public service by the CAF Dixie Wing in cooperation with the city of Peachtree City and Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field.   For more info, please contact CAF Dixie Wing Veterans Day Coordinator Mike McGowan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 678-364-1110.  Website www.dixiewing.org.  

CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow Features U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Blue Angels highlight CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow

BlueAngels webHOUSTON — (October 14, 2014) The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to Houston for the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) 30th Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, at Ellington Airport.

Produced by the Commemorative Air Force, the non-profit airshow also will feature a tribute to Vietnam War veterans with a flight demonstration of aircraft from that era, as well as a display of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall during the show and open to the public free on Friday, Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other highlights include static displays and performances of vintage warplanes, modern military aircraft including the huge Boeing B-52 Stratofortress and WC-130 “Hurricane Hunter,” civilian acrobatic pilots, and numerous exhibits and activities.

Continuous show updates and ticket information are available at WingsOverHouston.com.

“We’re thrilled the U.S. Navy Blue Angels are returning to help us celebrate 30 years of an airshow that has become a family tradition and brings fans from all over the United States and the world to Houston,” said Bill Roach, airshow director. “It’s amazing how much this volunteer-produced show has grown over the past 30 years in number of performers, exhibits and activities that bring history to life. Our Vietnam War Veterans Tribute and Demonstration will be a highlight this year, and we’re honored to host the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall. We’ve put together a thrilling and fully-packed show lineup to showcase amazing aircraft and pilots, present stimulating exhibits and activities, and presentations that honor our military veterans and active-duty service men and women. Fans should check our website closer to show weekend for updates on all of our performers and activities. We also have received generous support from sponsors, but we do welcome more sponsorship support.”

“We also have a very special tradition at Wings Over Houston Airshow that we call the ‘Special Show,’ which is for lifetime physically challenged young people,” said Roach. “We hold the show on the Friday before airshow weekend for about 5,000 people. The Special Show, which is generously sponsored by the Hugh W. O’Donnell family, is the largest field trip for physically challenged students in this area.”

NWOC Registration Open

NWOCThe 21st National Warbird Operators Conference (NWOC) will be held Feb. 26 – March 1, 2015 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, La. 

NWOC is an opportunity to talk with fellow Warbird operators about their operations and issues and hear some presentations on interesting subjects.

To register for the NWOC, please click here

 

 

 

WWII AirPower Expo- New Orleans

National WWII Museum and Commemorative Air Force Partner for WWII AirPower Expo 2014 In New Orleans this October

Lakefront Air Expo to feature rare WWII-era Planes, including B-29 Superfortress

 AirExpo Dallas 2014 B29web JohmSimsPhotos in article courtesy of John Simms and Raymond Jeffcoat, taken at CAF WWII Air Expo in Dallas.

NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 14, 2014) – Get an up close look at some of World War II’s most famous planes and talk to veterans who flew them at the WWII AirPower Expo 2014.

The three-day event, which partners with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), takes over the tarmac at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport from Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26 with a fleet of legendary WWII aircraft —fully restored and ready to fly. Attending aircraft include the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress, a B-24 Liberator, a B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51 Mustang and other fighters, trainers and liaison airplanes.

Visitors can touch and feel the planes, climb inside the cockpits, and even strap in for a ride-along flight. Guests can also view ground vehicles from the Museum's collection and experience history hands-on with WWII uniforms and gear. A number of veterans who flew the aircraft, including the legendary B-29 Superfortress and B-24 Liberator, will be on site to recount stories of their time in the air.

In partnering with CAF, the Museum is taking its educational mission to an exciting new place by combining the iconic aircraft of WWII with its rich collection of artifacts and oral histories.RaymondJeffcoat 2014DallasAirExpoweb CAF 2106

"At the Museum, we have been able to introduce hundreds or thousands of visitors to the significant aircraft that made up a large portion of the arsenal of democracy," explains Stephen Watson, executive vice president."By partnering with the CAF, we are allowing guests to get a close-up view and have a conversation with pilots, restoration crews and WWII veterans to learn even more about how these planes function and their role in history."

AirPower Expo is central to that goal. In addition to the air show, the event will include crafts and educational activities for children and performances from the Museum’s own Victory Belles. Friday’s festivities will be capped off by the AirPower Swing, a three-hour dinner and dance that starts at 7 p.m. in the New Orleans Lakefront Airport Terminal’s Walnut Room. Recently restored to its original art-deco glory, it is the perfect setting for our nostalgic gala celebration. The Museum’s Victory Big Band and Victory Belles will perform hits from the World War II era.

Daily tickets to the AirPower Expo cost $15, while tickets for children, seniors, and retired or active military servicemembers cost $10. Friday’s AirPower Swing is $75 for the stand-alone event and $100 for an all-access pass for entrance into the AirPower Expo and dance. Aircraft ride prices range from $75 to $1,595 and advance reservations are recommended. For tickets, ride information and more please visit: http://ww2airpowerexpo.org/home/

RaymondJeffcoat 2014DallasAirExpoweb CAF 2136Some of the vintage military aircraft taking flight include:

B-29 Superfortress FIFI

FIFI was acquired by the CAF in the early 1970s, when a group of its members found her at the US Navy Proving Ground at China Lake, Calif., where she was being used as a missile target. The airplane was rescued, restored, and flew for over thirty years until 2006 when the chief pilot made the decision to ground her pending a complete power plant re-fit. What followed was an extensive four-year restoration that included replacing all four engines with new, custom-built hybrid engines. FIFI returned to the sky in 2010, and has since traveled coast to coast attracting large crowds at every tour stop.

B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil

Consolidated Aircraft designed the B-24 Liberator to have greater speed, greater range, and a heavier bomb load than Boeing's B-17. This example, purchased by the CAF in 1967,was originally intended for use by the Royal Air Force during World War II, but served instead as a factory test ship and later as a civilian transport. A major restoration in 2006 brought her back to classic form. Updated nose art and a new nickname completed her renovation in 2012. Today, Diamond Lil--the oldest remaining B-24 in the world and one of two still flying--is maintained and operated by the CAF's B-29/B-24 Squadron, based in Fort Worth, Texas.

B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders

The Commemorative Air Force’s B-17 Texas Raiders is one of the most recognized and famous Flying Fortresses currently on the airshow circuit. It has been recognized by AIR CLASSICS magazine as the best restored B-17G bomber currently flying in the world. The aircraft has been restored to wartime configuration by an entirely volunteer group of dedicated CAF members and has one of the most unusual histories of any existing Flying Fortress. Acquired by the CAF on September 22, 1967 the aircraft was the first B-17 ever acquired solely for the purpose of preservation.

Here is the show’s daily schedule and list of ongoing events:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
AirPower Expo

New Orleans Lakefront Airport, James Wedell Hangar

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

AirPower Swing

New Orleans Lakefront Airport Terminal Atrium

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

AirPower Expo

New Orleans Lakefront Airport, James Wedell Hangar

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

AirPower Expo

New Orleans Lakefront Airport, James Wedell Hangar

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The Commemorative Air Force honors the men and women who built, maintained and flew in these airplanes during World War II. The organization believes that is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition; taking the airplanes to the people allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.

Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 10,000 members and a fleet of over 150 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 67 units located in 27 states for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, teamwork, optimism, courage, and sacrifice of the men and women who served on the battlefront and the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit www.nationalww2museum.org. 

CAF And National WWII Museum Partner for WWII AirPower Expo 2014

Get an up close look at some of World War II’s most famous planes and talk to veterans who flew them at the WWII AirPower Expo 2014.   

The three-day event, which partners with the CAF, takes over the tarmac at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport from Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26 with a fleet of legendary WWII aircraft —fully restored and ready to fly. Attending aircraft include the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress, a B-24 Liberator, a B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51 Mustang and other fighters, trainers and liaison airplanes.

Visitors can touch and feel the planes, climb inside the cockpits, and even strap in for a ride-along flight. Guests can also view ground vehicles from the Museum's collection and experience history hands-on with WWII uniforms and gear. A number of veterans who flew the aircraft, including the legendary B-29 Superfortress and B-24 Liberator, will be on site to recount stories of their time in the air.

In partnering with CAF, the Museum is taking its educational mission to an exciting new place by combining the iconic aircraft of WWII with its rich collection of artifacts and oral histories.

"At the Museum, we have been able to introduce hundreds or thousands of visitors to the significant aircraft that made up a large portion of the arsenal of democracy," explains Stephen Watson, executive vice president."By partnering with the CAF, we are allowing guests to get a close-up view and have a conversation with pilots, restoration crews and WWII veterans to learn even more about how these planes function and their role in history."

AirPower Expo is central to that goal. In addition to the air show, the event will include crafts and educational activities for children and performances from the Museum’s own Victory Belles. Friday’s festivities will be capped off by the AirPower Swing, a three-hour dinner and dance that starts at 7 p.m. in the New Orleans Lakefront Airport Terminal’s Walnut Room. Recently restored to its original art-deco glory, it is the perfect setting for our nostalgic gala celebration. The Museum’s Victory Big Band and Victory Belles will perform hits from the World War II era. 

Daily tickets to the AirPower Expo cost $15, while tickets for children, seniors, and

retired or active military servicemembers cost $10. Friday’s AirPower Swing is $75 for the stand-alone event and $100 for an all-access pass for entrance into the AirPower Expo and dance. Aircraft ride prices range from $75 to $1,595 and advance reservations are recommended. For tickets, ride information and more please visit: http://ww2airpowerexpo.org/home/

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