The CAF is bringing “hands on” history to Dallas this October 3 through 5 when the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, the famous P-51C Tuskegee Airmen and over a dozen other World War II military aircraft take center stage at their first event at Dallas Executive Airport.
The event will be open to the public Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5 bringing the sights, smells and sounds of World War II aviation history to south Dallas. Attractions will include the CAF’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit – a 160 degree panoramic theater in which visitors watch a video highlighting the courage and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Participants will also tour the bomber cockpits, watch the airplanes fly and can even purchase rides in many of the visiting aircraft. These aircraft are powerful history lessons for young and old alike. The visual display combined with the enthusiasm and knowledge of CAF members will create an unforgettable experience for visitors.
Attending aircraft will include the B-29 Superfortress, P-51C Mustang, P5-1D Mustang, SB2C Helldiver, B-24 Liberator, A-26 Invader and many other transport, liaison and trainer airplanes. The event address is 5303 Challenger Drive in Dallas. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children age 6 through 17. Children age 5 and under are free. The cost for aircraft rides ranges from $65 to $1,995 depending on the airplane. Reservations may be made online at http://www.AirPowerExpo.org.
The Air Expo kicks off Thursday, October 2, with a full day of educational programs for local students. Activities that day include the CAF RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit which teaches students the story of men who overcame many obstacles to train and fight as U.S. Army Air Corps pilots during World War II and emphasizes what their spirit and hard work still mean to us 60 years later. Former Tuskegee Airmen and other World War II Veterans will be on hand to talk with the students about all of the airplanes and their experiences during the war.
In June of this year the Commemorative Air Force announced Dallas Executive Airport will be the new location for their national headquarters. They plan to build a world-class aviation attraction at the airport. The World War II Air Expo, hosted by the CAF B-29/B-24 Squadron, offers Dallas residents their first opportunity to learn more about the organization.