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Atlanta Warbird Weekend Sets Stage for Photography Mini-workshop

B-17As if the upcoming Atalanta Warbird Weekend wasn't already exciting enough, 3G Aviation Media will be hosting a photography mini-workshop for aviation and warbird enthusiests, photographers looking to improve their techniques, and the general public. With the success of their first photography workshop earlier this year, the group decided to do a half-day workshop to focus on giving the public a unique opportunity to photograph World War II aircraft while learning techniques of the trade. The workshop will take place after the sun sets to experiement with different types of lighting, provided by 3G Aviation Media.

One of the planes in attendance during Atlanta's Warbird weekend will be the Airbase Arizona's B-17, Sentimental Journey.  She will be making a guest appearance as one of the photo subjects because her polished metal exterior will make for a beautiful subject for the sunset and twilight photo opportunities. 

The instructors of 3G Aviation Media will conduct a mixture of classroom presentations with hands-on experience and group interaction during the workshop to give the attendees. The event will be help on Sept 27. For more information or to register, click here. 

Photo courtesy of Kevin Hong

Headed to Oshkosh? Want a fuel discount?

Tuesday2Some of you lucky Colonels will soon make the annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh, Wis. for EAA AirVenture. While the trip is well worth it, it can be very expensive, especially if you didn't book your hotel room three years ago. However, there are some great fuel savings available. Please check out the link below to for some outstanding discounts offered around the U.S. 

Should you find yourself needing to stop in Ohio, The FBO in Marysville,Ohio (KMRT) airport just Northwest of Columbus, Ohio is offering some great deals as well. From July 9 - Aug. 16. PrimeAero will be offering full service fuel sales at self-service prices. The PrimeAero Group is well aware of the special needs of warbirds (Jim Hagedorn regulary flies in/out of there with his P-51 Old Crow). In addition, we have heard that hangar space may be available should anyone run into weather problems and need a place to drop into. Not only that, but if you mention promo code KPK to get this fuel deal a donation will be made to the local ballon festival, which annually hosts several warbirds and benefits the United Way. Win-Win-Win!




This year CAF Headquarters will not be bringing Hangar 57 (sigh), but we are certain the CAF members and CAF aircraft attending will be a tremendous attraction at the show. Please share your highlights and pictures with us. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or tag Commemorative Air Force on Facebook.

As a reminder, the CAF Creative Staff is always looking for news, stories, event information and photos to share with the members and warbird enthusiasts around the world, feel free to send us an email with information or a request for more information on what interest you.



Click here for the link to GlobalAir for fuel savings.
Click here for the link to PrimeAero the FBO at KMRT.







Thank you CAF Col Mo Aguiari  and CAF Col Kevin Korterud for sending in the information about the discounts!

CAF Hosts Public Meeting in Dallas

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The CAF will host a Public Meeting in Dallas. Date: July 17 Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center 5150 Mark Trail Dallas, TX 75241 Neighbors of Dallas Executive Airport Please join us for a public meeting with key staff and leadership of the Commemorative Air Force. Our goal is to answer your questions about the CAF and its future plans for Dallas Executive Airport. Light refreshments will be served. For more information email Adam Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2014 Wings Over Camarillo Air Show

airshow camarilloAugust is Airshow month at the Southern California Wing in Camarillo,Calif. Upwards of 15,000 people come out for the two-day Wings Over Camarillo Air Show. This year the show will take place the weekend of Aug. 23-24 at the wing’s facilities at Camarillo Airport.

Each year, volunteers from the Southern California Wing, EAA Chapter 723 and the Ventura County Ninety-Nines team up with the Wings Over Camarillo, the non-profit organization which sponsors the event,  to stage two full days of fun and entertainment for the whole family. 

This year, Chuck Aaron, one of the few pilots in the world to fly the Red Bull Helicopter upside down, will be joined by national air racing veteran and aerobatic pilot Vicky Benzing along with about 60 other pilots in flying demonstrations of a variety of World War II, civilian, experimental and historical aircraft during the four-and-a half hour Air Show.  These include single aircraft demonstrations and aerobatic flying, formation flying, high speed runs down the fly zone, aircraft taxing in front of you into taxi way parking spots, and vivid descriptions over the PA system and history of the flying aircraft and their pilots at Camarillo Airport.

Many of the CAF So Cal Wing’s 12 aircraft will be flying both days, along with being on static display in our ramp area.  This includes the North American P-51D Mustang Man of War, Grumman F8F Bearcat, Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, Supermarine Spitfire MKI.XIV, A6M3 Zero, North American SNJ-4 and SNJ-5 Texan advanced trainers; Fairchild PT-19 Primary Trainer.  On static display will be a Curtiss C-46 transport China Doll and the North American B-25J/PBJ Mitchell Bomber currently in restoration.

Other participating flying 60 to 70 year old aircraft are on static display too from 9 a.m. untill Noon, the start of the airshow.  The early hours give show patrons an opportunity to walk up close to the aircraft, get a feel of that history, talk to the pilots who flew these aircraft in the 1940s and 1950s and talk to the pilots who fly the aircraft today and their ground crews.  There is also entertainment, food booths, a variety of merchandise vendors and sizeable classic car exhibits.

In the middle of all the action, guests are invited to the Legends and Heros tent to visit with war veterans, real heroes from different wars. Each year the show is honored to host veterans wanting to share their first hand experiences with others. Those with children are encourged to take advantage of this unique oppurtunity to make a personal connection the ones who did the work that led to Americas sucess and preserved our freedom. No matter your age, come by and  learn why we are all in debt to those who fought for us and why American Military Aviation changed all our lives.

Gates are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.   

Advance Internet Tickets are on sale at

Military discounts are available. 

Air Show gate admission is $15 for adults, and children under 12 are free. 


Photo taken by CAF Col Sheryl O-Neil

WWII Veteran Flies B-25 Again

Ernster flight-1 webWith only 27 B-25 Mitchell’s in existence, it can be extremely rare to see one or to fly in one. On July 4, World War II Veteran Clete Ernster had the incredible opportunity to fly the B-25 Yellow Rose, assigned to the CAF Cenral Texas Wing. 

The B-25 Mitchell bomber is completely restored to its wartime capabilities and is operated by the Central Texas (CenTex) Wing.  This aircraft was restored to World War II condition by CAF Colonels of the wing based in San Marcos, Texas. The aircraft now travels the country honoring and educating the public about the sacrifices made during World War II and honoring the veterans who have served.

Clete Ernster is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, with experience piloting both a B-25 and the C-47 during tours in Asia. He is an established author, most famous for “No Guts, No Glory.” The CAF takes special notice of veteran aviators and wanted to reward Ernster with this chance of a lifetime in thanks for all the sacrifices he has made for our country. 

To learn more about the B-25 Yellow Rose or the Central Texas Wing, click here.

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