World’s Most Prestigious Air & Space Hall of Fame to Enshrine Distinguished Class of 2018
C-47 Placid Lassie to Appear at the DeKalb Peachtree Airport
Oxford, Conn. – May 7, 2018 – The , a non-profit organization that owns and operates World War II-era aircraft, is bringing their D-Day veteran – the C-47 Placid Lassie of the – to the upcoming , Saturday, May 19 from noon to 5 p.m. The FREE family friendly event will feature numerous aerobatic performances, aircraft on static display and an array of exhibitors and vendors.
Visitors will get to see C-47 Placid Lassie on static display for up close viewing and cockpit tours. The crew will be with the aircraft onsite to answer questions, give tours inside and share more about preparations for their upcoming trans-Atlantic journey to Normandy, France for . Next year, Placid Lassiewill fly in formation with other American D-Day aircraft across the ocean to join up with a larger Allied fleet for an epic flyover of the beaches of Normandy to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2019, complete with paratroopers in World War II gear and parachutes.
“I’m proud to call Atlanta my home and I’m thrilled to help bring Placid Lassie to the Good Neighbor Day event,” said D-Day Squadron Executive Director Moreno Aguiari. “I think our community will really appreciate this flying piece of history. We invite you to come down and take a look inside our vintage, fully-restored aircraft that brought citizen soldiers into the perils of battle on D-Day, and helped bring an end to World War II.”
The DeKalb Peachtree Airport is located at 2000 Airport Rd. in Atlanta. The event is FREE, with parking available for only $10 at 2036 Dresden Dr. via Claremont Rd. Come straight to the airport’s main entrance on MARTA bus 19 from Decatur or Chamblee stations. Learn more at .
About the D-Day Squadron
The D-Day Squadron is the part of the , a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In June 2019, the D-Day Squadron will lead an American fleet of historic, restored C-47 World War II military aircraft in , a flyover of more than 30 international aircraft to drop 250 paratroopers over the original 1944 drop zones in Normandy commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The event will honor the citizen soldiers of the War, whose bravery led the Allies to the liberation of France, and then to an end of the devastating War in Europe. The Squadron’s education program takes the compelling story of the citizen soldier to audiences at airshows and events off the flight line to honor these brave Americans and ensure their memory and significance is appreciated for generations to come. The group’s efforts are funded through the generous tax-deductible contribution of their supporters. Learn more at .
Executive Director, D-Day Squadron
A-26 Lady Liberty Is Back in the Air
By Ken Larcher
(April 16, 2018, Enid, OK) - After 17 months of repairs, four fuel tank replacements, two AD Notes, airframe repairs and 15,000 hours of maintenance work, the A-26 Lady Liberty is again airworthy. She flew a test flight on April 15, 2018, which was successful and the aircraft operated great.
The issues began last year when the aircraft went in for a scheduled inspection which required removing both oil tanks and all four fuel bladders. When those items were removed mechanics discovered that some corrosion had caused some damage to the fuel bay. The Sponsor Group, a group of volunteers who maintain and fly the aircraft, needed to repair the airframe structure and replace all four damaged fuel bladders with a new set.
The A-26 Invader is an attack bomber that is known for being one of the few aircraft types to perform in all three wars, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam. A-26s like Lady Liberty flew a variety of missions, strafing ground targets at night and even dropping secret agents into Berlin as part of the Carpetbaggers. Lady Liberty is the world's oldest flying A-26 Invader. By working with new A&P mechanics, the Lady Liberty Sponsor Group has been able to increase awareness of the airplane in the community, allowing it to attend more events.
This recent project was extensive and would not have been completed as quickly without the efforts of Gary Trice, Gary Stein, Charlie Howard, Ivan Koehn, and Jason Hill. In addition, Dick Seabrook has been integral in supporting the aircraft and the entire Lady Liberty team of volunteers.
Now that Lady Liberty is back flying she can continue flying to airshows and aviation events, with volunteers who can tell the amazing story of this A-26 to the public.
Veterans Enjoy Hero Status at WWII Heritage Days
PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (April 30, 2018) – A record crowd helped welcome about 60 World War II veterans to the 15th Annual World War II Heritage Days at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Warbird Museum in Peachtree City, Ga. Rare vintage aircraft, including the restored B-17 Flying Fortress, “Texas Raiders,” completed the WWII atmosphere for the veterans, especially for five who actually flew on the historic aircraft. Two were B-17 crewmembers who had not been on the bombers in more than 70 years.
“It was truly heartwarming to see children and guests of all ages take time to talk to these WWII veterans from 10 states,” said program co-chair Chris Madrid. “Their numbers are dwindling every day, but the veterans at WWII Heritage Days were happy to share their stories and receive thanks for their service. Among the attendees, one pilot flew three missions on D-Day in 1944, one veteran helped free prisoners at Dachau, Germany, and at least one was a prisoner of war.”
One family wrote after Saturday that their 89-year-old father had never felt so honored for his service, and he truly enjoyed talking to young children who came up to him during the day. He told his family he really felt like a hero.
Good weather on Saturday brought in record attendance of more than 3,000 people to meet the veterans, watch programs and demonstrations, buy flights in some of the vintage aircraft and witness a mock European battle created by reenactors. American Legion Post 50 provided hot sandwiches and the ever-popular Spam-burgers, and the Saturday night Hangar Dance was sold out for the fifth consecutive year.
The Dixie Wing saluted all Medal of Honor recipients during the weekend. The Hispanic Medal of Honor Society, based in Phoenix, Ariz., displayed five Medals of Honor, and several large panels with a history of the medal profiles of the 16 Hispanic Americans who received the honor during WWII. The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Savannah, Ga., also displayed a history of 17 Eighth Air Force airmen awarded the Medal of Honor during the Second World War. The Hispanic Medal of Honor Society also brought a 23-foot American flag flown from the USS Missouri battleship when it was recommissioned, and veterans held the flag for a special group photo.
WWII Heritage Days is the largest World War II-theme event in the state of Georgia, bringing together more than 25 historic aircraft, dozens of vintage military vehicles, antique cars, educational displays and demonstrations. More than 500 volunteers helped create the 1940s atmosphere, supported by WWII Heritage Days sponsors: Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Stowers Machinery, Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, Lowe’s Refrigeration and Minuteman Press. Next year’s theme will be the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Europe.
“The mission of WWII Heritage Days is to celebrate the 1940s, salute the Greatest Generation and inspire all ages to preserve the legacy of America’s veterans,” said Jim Buckley, leader of the all-volunteer Dixie Wing. “This year we accomplished that goal while celebrating Medal of Honor recipients and WWII veterans and including the famous B-17, ‘Texas Raiders,’ for tours and rides.”
About the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum
The CAF Dixie Wing, based in Peachtree City, Ga., was founded in 1987. The Wing, one of the largest units of the Commemorative Air Force, maintains and flies seven WWII aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, an FG-1D Corsair and rare types such as the SBD Dauntless dive bomber and P-63A Kingcobra. The unit, composed of 300 volunteers, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that relies on contributions of time and funds to carry out the mission of the CAF. For more information, go to www.dixiewing.org.
The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Dallas, Texas, the organization has more than 13,000 members and owns a fleet of 174 WWII aircraft. www.commemorativeairforce.org
Public Information Officer
CAF Dixie Wing
(Photo- Reenactors capture the attention of young and old when volunteers recreate the aura of the 1940s at World War II Heritage Days. This year's event is April 21-22 at the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum and grounds in Peachtree City, Georgia. Photo courtesy of Rod Reilly.)
WWII Heritage Days Honors Veterans and Medal of Honor Recipients
B-17 Bomber and CAF Dixie Wing Aircraft Offer Rides
PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (April 11, 2018) – Nearly 50 World War II veterans will be honored at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21 during the 15th Annual World War II Heritage Days weekend hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing at the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum, Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, in Peachtree City, Georgia. Rare vintage aircraft, including the restored B-17 Flying Fortress, “Texas Raiders,” will complete the World War II atmosphere and offer rides to the public.
The Dixie Wing also is saluting all Medal of Honor recipients during the weekend, April 21-22, with one recipient, Bennie Adkins, present. Alabama native Adkins was honored for his heroism under fire in Viet Nam in 1966. The Hispanic Medal of Honor Society, based in Phoenix, Arizona, will bring an exhibit that includes five Medals of Honor, and several large panels with a history of the medal profiles of the 16 Hispanic Americans who received the honor during World War II. The five medals will be on display Friday through Sunday and will be available for media day on April 20. The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Savannah, Georgia, also plans to provide a display of 17 Eighth Air Force airmen awarded the Medal of Honor during the Second World War.
WWII Heritage Days is the largest World War II-theme event in the state of Georgia, bringing together over 25 historic aircraft, dozens of vintage military vehicles, antique cars, educational displays and demonstrations. More than 500 volunteers will help create the 1940s atmosphere, with reenactors scheduled to stage mock battles at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The popular Hangar Dance on Saturday night is sold out.
“The mission of WWII Heritage Days is to celebrate the 1940s, salute the Greatest Generation and inspire all ages to preserve the legacy of America’s veterans,” said Jim Buckley, leader of the all-volunteer Dixie Wing. “This year will be an amazing experience as we celebrate Medal of Honor recipients and WWII veterans, and bring the famous B-17 Texas Raiders, to join with our WWII fleet.”
Rides can be purchased in the CAF Dixie Wing’s aircraft and B-17 Texas Raiders, with all proceeds going to benefit the respective aircraft and group’s education mission. Also joining WWII Heritage Days is the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, displaying and flying helicopters of the Viet Nam War.
Suggested donations for WWII Heritage Days are $10 for adults 17 and older and $5 for children 11-17. Children 10 and under and World War II veterans are admitted free. WWII Heritage Days will take place rain or shine. Please no pets. For more information, please visit www.wwiidays.org or call (678) 364-1110.
About the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum
The CAF Dixie Wing, based in Peachtree City, Georgia, was founded in 1987. The Wing, one of the largest units of the Commemorative Air Force, maintains and flies seven World War II aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, an FG-1D Corsair and rare types such as the SBD Dauntless dive bomber and P-63A Kingcobra. The unit, composed of 300 volunteers, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that relies on contributions of time and funds to carry out the mission of the CAF. For more information, go to www.dixiewing.org.
The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Dallas, Texas, the organization has more than 12,000 members and owns a fleet of 174 WWII aircraft. www.commemorativeairforce.org
Public Information Officer
CAF Dixie Wing