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Gone West – Steve Barber

There are many, many volunteers that contribute to the Commemorative Air Force, and many of those are members of, and work hard to enrich the Southern California Air Wing here in Camarillo.  Few, however, can match the dedication, time involved, and effort in building a strong foundation of volunteers, aircraft, and facilities.   It is very safe to state that the CAFSOCAL would not be what it is today without Steve Barber.  

As a dedication to his memory, we are posting his memorial video here for the public to enjoy, as many of us have enjoyed remembering Steve.  Please feel free to email membership@cafsocal.com with any additional stories, photos, or videos of Steve that other friends and family of Steve would like to see. 

Thank you Steve for all that you have done for our organization and wing – you will be dearly.

 

2022-01-08T12:13:46-07:00January 8th, 2022|Featured, News|

Happy Holidays 2021!

Happy Holidays!  Sale in the Gift Shop!   Holiday Hours! 

From all of us at the CAFSoCal, we wish you a very happy holiday season.

To make your holidays more merry we are are offering a 10% discount in the PX (gift shop) – place your orders now so that we can ship quickly!  Discount applies to online orders only and you must use the code px2021 at checkout.

Also, the museum will be closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st.  

Thank you and we hope you have a safe rest of 2021!

2022-01-08T11:59:13-07:00December 4th, 2021|News|

U2 Spy Pilot Event – Nov 6th

This event was a success!  Thank you all who came out to hear this incredible story.

We hosted a talk by Francis Gary Powers Jr., son of famed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. 

After the talk, the author was available for questions and the signing of his latest book;

Spy Pilot

Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy

By Francis Gary Powers Jr. and Keith Dunnavant

Based on newly available information, the son of famed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers presents the facts and dispels misinformation about the Cold War espionage program that his father was part of and was featured in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies.

 

2021-12-04T17:03:34-07:00October 23rd, 2021|News|

Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Day is a Federal Holiday observed on the last Monday in May.  Today we honor and mourn the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties.  For the Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing this is a special day as it aligns with our mission: To Educate, Inspire,  and Honor Through Flight and Living History Experiences.

We are blessed with outstanding volunteers who help run the museum, keep the aircraft in tip-top condition, and execute on our mission.  Today, we are happy to post a special edition of our members newsletter named Flight Line, thanks to Dave Flood and Casey de Bree.

 

Flight Line           

Special Edition

Memorial Day,

May 31, 2021

 

Lest We Forget

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

June 6, 1944

 

 

Lest We Forget

United States Cemetery, Lorraine, France

 

“In Flanders Fields”

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place.

 

And in the sky,

The larks, still bravely singing, fly,

Scarce heard among the guns below.

 

We are the dead,

Short days ago we lived,

Felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved,

And now…we lie in Flanders Fields.

 

Take up our quarrel with the foe!

To you, with failing hands,

We throw the torch.

Be yours to hold it high!

 

If you break faith with us who die,

We shall not sleep,

Though poppies grow,

In Flanders Fields.

~John McCrae

 

Lest We Forget

Iwo Jima

February 23, 1945

Lest We Forget

Burial at sea, USS Liscome Bay, 1943

Lest We Forget

Raid on Ploesti, Romania Oil Refineries, August 1, 1943

Lest We Forget

MASH Unit, Korean War – 1st Marine Division

Lest We Forget

HU-1D Helicopter, Strike Force – Vietnam

Lest We Forget

American Troops Clearing Area

Warnak Province, Afghanistan

 

“For The Fallen”

  

“They went with songs to the battle,

They were young.

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady

and aglow. 

They were staunch to the end,

Against odds uncounted;

They fell with their faces to the foe. 

They shall grow not old, as we

That are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor

the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun,

And in the morning

We will remember them.”

  

~Laurence Binyon

 

 

  

Arlington National Cemetery, with the

Capitol in the distance.

 

Bob Burtness playing “Taps” for Bugles Across America at a veteran’s memorial service.

  

This Memorial Day – Fly Your Flag Proudly

And Remember…

2021-07-09T19:41:09-07:00May 31st, 2021|News|

New Membership Experience

Attention All Current CAFSOCAL wing members…

We have moved our membership tracking and payments online.  Now you can manage your membership from you smart phone, laptop, or desktop.  

To get started, just renew your 2021 membership by visiting the new page: Renew Your Membership  This is located under the JOIN menu tab, on the drop down at the bottom.

Once you are in the system, you will be able to access the Members Only content and update your information quick and easy.

Also this year, we have added the renewal option of auto-renew, so come next year you will be automatically charged and renewed.  You will need to choose this renewal option and you can cancel at any time.

Thank You for supporting the Commemorative Air Force Southern California Air Wing – your donation of time and money is very appreciated and we could not support our mission without you.

2021-05-31T09:01:14-07:00January 16th, 2021|News|

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