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PBJ at the Miramar Airshow

The PBJ and crew departed on Friday September 28th to attend the Miramar Airshow in San Diego.

The PBJ Mitchell bomber will be available on the ramp for static display only from September 28th through the 30th.

The public will have an opportunity to tour this one of a kind B-25 and speak with the crew.

With great appreciation to the airshow organizers for including this unique WWII Marine bomber as part of the highly anticipated Miramar Airshow, we look forward to the possibility of performing at the venue in future shows.


2018-09-28T20:57:09+00:00September 28th, 2018|News|

Reno Air Races Report

The B25-PBJ, F8F Bearcat, F6F Hellcat and Mitsubishi AM63 Zero along with the P51 ManO’War of CAF SoCal’s fleet made a successful appearance at the 2018 Air Races.

The performances included flight demonstration, aerobatics by the Bearcat as well as a mock dogfight including the PBJ, Zero and Hellcat.

The Mustang took the place of the Hellcat on the first day of the show.

In addition, spectators had the opportunity to see our aircraft close up in the pits, tour the PBJ, speak with the crew and purchase rides aboard the PBJ and the Mustang.

Countless people at the venue did just that and left with a better appreciation of these historic warplanes, and almost 60 took it one step further and experienced flight aboard the PBJ or the P51, with two lucky individuals doing both!

Sixty rides in four days! This represents a new high bar in our efforts here at this all-volunteer organization.

The races were magnificent as always, and a spectacle to be heard as well as seen.

We look forward to participating in the 2019 edition of the Reno Air Races, and can not emphasize enough the professionalism and courtesy that the organization extended to us as they hosted our participation.

Here are a few images of our aircraft at the Reno Air Races 

2018-09-20T12:36:13+00:00September 20th, 2018|News|

The ride of a lifetime, that took a lifetime to realize!

It is our pleasure to introduce you to Dan Miroballi, 92 years young and with plenty of patience to spare.

As you’ll hear in Dan’s own words in the video below, he is a WWII Air Corps veteran on whom the war ran out on before he got a chance to make his mark aboard a P51.

Some 70+ years later, he finally got that P51 ride, and it is our honor to have provided it for him.


2018-09-08T19:14:12+00:00September 8th, 2018|News|

PBJ Presentation Report

Saturday September 1st was the date for our latest Living History Presentation Series organized and conducted by CAF Col Rob Hertberg.

This installment covered the 23 year restoration of the PBJ, Presented by CAF Col Marc Russell, and the  operational history of VMB611, the unit in who’s honor the PBJ was painted, presented by CAF Col Rob Hertberg. The presentation concluded with a trip report presented by CAF Col Arash Afshari, of the 2017 cross-country tour by the PBJ and her crew shortly after becoming operational to participate in the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raiders at the USAF National Museum at Wright Paterson AFB in Ohio. 

The following is a two part YouTube playlist of videos prepared by CAF Col Lon Magdich covering the entire presentation. 

If you’d like to dig deeper into the PBJ’s 2017 mission, follow this link to the trip report from that event, which includes photos, full length videos of the veteran interviews and more.

Don’t miss our next presentation on the Grumman F8 Bearcat, taking place on October 20th.

2018-09-05T23:19:51+00:00September 5th, 2018|News|

California Capital Airshow

We are pleased to once again participate in the California Capital Airshow, on this the 100th Anniversary of Mather Airport.

With a spectacular fireworks display and the USAF Thunderbirds performing, the show promises to surpass its own high standards achieved over the years.

CAF SoCal warbirds, the AT-6 SNJ “290”, P51 D “ManO’War” and B25/PBJ “SemperFi” will be on display at the airshow.

Visitors can tour the interior of the PBJ bomber, talk with our crew and book rides on the SNJ and the P51 on show days.

As always, flight slots are limited and we encourage those interested to book their flights for the show ahead of time.

It’s an experience you won’t soon forget!


2018-09-28T20:36:59+00:00September 5th, 2018|Event|

Minden Airshow

The US Navy Blue Angels may think they’re the featured event at the Minden-Tahoe Airshow in October, but our fans (including our beloved Blue Angels) would agree that the Hellcat and Bearcat tribute to the Blue Angels will be the real highlight of the show!

Additionaly, our P51D Mustang ManO’War will be present for static display.

Those wishing to enhance their airshow experience and get a personal connection to these venerable WWII era warbirds can do so with a flight aboard ManO’War.
If you missed us at the Truckee/Tahoe Airshow, here’s your final opportunity in 2018 to soar over the Sierras aboard the thoroughbred Mustang.
Flight times are limited and pre-booking your flight is highly encouraged.

2018-10-04T12:14:13+00:00September 5th, 2018|Event, Featured|

CAFSoCal Presentation: The Bearcat

The Bearcat

The fastest propeller driven fighter of World War Two.

Join us for a presentation showcasing the design, development and combat performance of this legend, and hear our Wing Leader Jason Somes describe what it’s like to fly this prop’ed rocket at the Reno Air Races.

The aircraft will be available to attendees for a walk-around and photos, and weather and maintenance permitting, the event will conclude with a flight demonstration.

Saturday, October 20th, 2018
11:30AM – 2:30PM
CAF SoCal hangars at the Camarillo airport



2018-09-05T10:03:52+00:00September 5th, 2018|Event, Featured|

5th Annual Aviation Career Day

Aviation Career Day will be held at the Camarillo Airport and the CAF hangars on October 26, 2018.

All high school and middle school students in Ventura County are invited to attend the event and explore the possibilities of a future in the aviation industry.

This well attended annual event is a collaboration between CAF SoCal, the Ventura County Ninety Nines, VC Career Education Center, VC Dept or Airports, CP Aviation and the California Aeronautical University.

Visit their Facebook page for further details.

Doors Open 9:30 am to 12:30 pm


2018-09-28T20:49:42+00:00September 4th, 2018|Event, Featured|

Wings Over Camarillo Report

It was “All Hands on Deck” for our annual home airshow last weekend.

Volunteers from CAFSoCal worked countless hours in conjunction with other organizations with Wings Over Camarillo to put on a safe and spectacular display.

Attendance was high, and as usual our warbirds were the focal point of the event. A hard bar to meet considering all the other talented aerobatic acts and vintage airplane groups who were also participating in the airshow.

The weather cooperated, the machinery cooperated and the professionalism of all involved resulted in an absolutely first-class airshow experience.

Congratulations to the lucky few who opted to upgrade their experience with a warbird ride after the show. Color us envious (and proud).

Thanks again to all the volunteers, to numerous to name and too humble to be singled out.

Let’s do it again next year – bigger and better!

Here’s a few images from the show. More images and videos will be appended to this report as they become available.


Video compilation thanks to member Lon Magdich

Following airshow images provided by John Cutright

Following airshow images provided by Frank Mormillo

2018-08-30T16:09:01+00:00August 21st, 2018|News|