Powerful Modern and Historic Military Aircraft to Soar
in Waukesha on Memorial Day Weekend
See history in the air and find your inner fighter pilot
March 1, 2017– Waukesha, Wisconsin- Many people have a childhood memory of dreaming to fly, pretending to be a pilot. For many that dream involved being a fighter pilot or Jedi, and the tug inside them is still present. On May 27, the Gathering of Warbirds in Waukesha will allow those dreamers to let their inner pilots see, hear and smell real historic and modern military aircraft.
Korean War era and World War II era aircraft will be in the air over Waukesha and on the ground at the Waukesha County Airport. This second annual Gathering of Warbirds is hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wisconsin Wing and will honor veterans and the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, which was America’s first air strike to hit the Japanese home islands in World War II.
The Gathering of Warbirds is an annual family-friendly event featuring historic and modern military aircraft, aircraft tours and rides, and education activities for all ages. It’s aimed at anyone who enjoys seeing historic and modern military aircraft and fighter jets fly throughout the day. Aircraft presentations and tours will provide hands-on opportunities for families and aviation history buffs alike. The event will also honor veterans with a free hat presented to the first 200 veterans who attend.
“The mission of the Commemorative Air Force is about preservation and education,” said Gary Otto, Wisconsin Wing Leader. “Our goal is to preserve World War II aircraft and to educate people about the stories of the men and women who built, maintained and flew them. This year we are honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid by offering rides in Miss Mitchell, a restored B-25 Mitchell, the aircraft made famous by that strike.”
The Gathering of Warbirds will take place on May 27, 2017. The entrance fee is $15 per vehicle, and pets are not allowed at the event. For more information, including how to schedule a ride in the B-25 Miss Mitchell, please visit www.cafwi.org.
When:Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where:Waukesha County Airport, 2525 Aviation Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188
Fee: $15 per vehicle. Include entrance fee for everyone in the vehicle.
Parking:Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188 Handicap parking will be available.
Restrictions: No pets or smoking on the grounds of the event.
Booking Rides: Rides in the B-25 Miss Mitchell are $450 for a 20-minute flight experience. Rides in the Vultee BT-13 are $200 for a 20-minute flight experience. To schedule a ride in advance, go to www.cafwi.org.
About the Commemorative Air ForceWisconsin Wing
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wisconsin Wing, based in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The wing operates a Fairchild PT-26 primary trainer and a North American Aviation SNJ-5 advanced trainer. Members of the Wisconsin Wing engage with the CAF mission to protect these rare flying monuments to freedom for future generations through preservation, education, exhibition and airshows. For more information on the CAF Wisconsin Wing, its activities or membership, visit www.cafwi.org.
About B-25 Miss Mitchell
Miss Mitchell is a pristine example of what a dedicated group of volunteers can accomplish. Donated to the CAF Minnesota Wing in the 1980s, volunteers immediately began a complete ground-up restoration of this versatile medium bomber.
The B-25 placed itself in World War II history books on April 18, 1942 when 16 of the medium- range bombers launched from the deck of an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean and bombed mainland Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle, America had begun to turn the tables on the Japanese.
The B-25J Miss Mitchell served in the 310th Bomb Group, 57th Bomb Wing of the 12th Air Force in North Africa and Italy, completing more than 130 missions. Its legacy of no crew fatalities during all of its missions was a rare accomplishment. Prior to taking command of the 8th Air Force in Europe in 1944, the 12th Air Force was under the command of then-Brig. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle.
After a 12-year restoration by the CAF Minnesota Wing, Miss Mitchell took her first flight on April 18, 1992 - exactly 50 years to the day of the daring Doolittle Raid. Today, Miss Mitchell appears at airshows and special events throughout the United States and Canada.
About the Commemorative Air Force
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the world’s largest flying museum. For more than 60 years, the CAF has been dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition, education and remembrance. Fulfilling its mission, the organization maintains airplanes in flying condition- taking airplanes to the people to experience first-hand the sights and sounds of aircraft in flight.
The CAF is a non-profit educational association with more than 11,000 members and a fleet of 165 airplanes distributed throughout America. For more information visit www.CommemorativeAirForce.org.