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Spy Pilot The U-2 Presentation

 Come enjoy the next presentation on Saturday, March 28, 11am to 2pm.  Based on the book:  Spy Pilot by Francis Gary Powers Jr., and Keith Dunnavant.

 

Here is the write up of the book as it appears on Amazon:

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 turned his father into a Cold War icon..

One of the most talked-about events of the Cold War was the downing of the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. The event was recently depicted in the Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies. Powers was captured by the KGB, subjected to a televised show trial, and imprisoned, all of which created an international incident. Soviet authorities eventually released him in exchange for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. On his return to the United States, Powers was exonerated of any wrongdoing while imprisoned in Russia, yet, due to bad press and the government’s unwillingness to heartily defend Powers, a cloud of controversy lingered until his untimely death in 1977.
Now his son, Francis Gary Powers Jr. and acclaimed historian Keith Dunnavant have written this new account of Powers’s life based on personal files that had never been previously available. Delving into old audio tapes, letters his father wrote and received while imprisoned in the Soviet Union, the transcript of his father’s debriefing by the CIA, other recently declassified documents about the U-2 program, and interviews with the spy pilot’s contemporaries, Powers and Dunnavant set the record straight. The result is a fascinating piece of Cold War history. This is also a book about a son’s journey to understand his father, pursuing justice and a measure of peace.

Almost sixty years after the fact, this will be the definitive account of one of the most important events of the Cold War.

2020-01-11T14:38:45-07:00January 11th, 2020|Event, Featured|

2020 Airshow Schedule

Updated as of January 7, 2020

The following is CAF SoCal Wing’s tentative 2020 Airshow Schedule.

Please note that the schedule and participating aircraft is subject to change.  All events are confirmed unless otherwise noted.

 

Mar 12-15 MCAS Yuma Airshow: Confirmed/PBJ, P-51, Zero, F6f, Spit

Mar 13-15 NAF El Centro Airshow: Confirmed/YO-55, PT-19, F-24, L17, SNJ

Mar 20-22 LUKE AFB Airshow: Pending Confirmations/PBJ, P-51, Sero, F6F, SNJ

March 20-22 LA County Airshow:  Pending Confirmations

Mar 26-29 March Field Air Expo:  Confirmed/TBD

May 1-3 Planes of Fame Airshow:  Confirmed/TBD

May 7-11 Beale AFB Airshow: Confirmed/PBJ, Zero, F6F

May 29-31 HGR 24 Airfest: Pending Confirmations

June 27-28 Hill AFB, UT:  Pending Confirmations

July 25-26 Ellsworth AFB, SD:  Pending Confirmations

Aug 15-16 Camarillo Airshow, Confirmed/All Available

Sept 18-20 Great Pacific Airshow: Pending Confirmations

Sept 26-27 MCAS Miramar:  Pending Confirmations

Oct 2-3 Prescott, AZ:  Confirmed/Spitfire

Oct 3-4 CCA Sacramento: Confirmed/TBD

Oct 3-4 PT Mugu Airshow:  Confirmed/TBD

Oct 3-4 Minden, NV:  Pending Confirmations

Oct 9-11 Edwards AFB:  Pending Confirmations

Oct 17-18 Santa Maria:  Pending Confirmations

Nov 7-8 SBD Fest:  Pending Confirmations

 

2020-01-07T21:08:52-07:00April 17th, 2019|Event, Featured|

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!

 

2018-09-28T20:36:59-07:00September 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.


2018-10-20T16:28:21-07:00September 5th, 2018|Event|

Rememberance Paver Brick Program

The Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force invite you to leave a Legacy by purchasing a Commemorative Brick. The bricks will be installed at our entrance by the flag pole leading into the aircraft museum.

The bricks are 4”x8” and made out of red clay with black lettering to include up to 3 lines with up to 18 characters per line.

 

To place your order, download and print out this form. Return your completed form with payment attached to the museum or mail in to the address indicated.

Or, place your order online directly with the brick engraver by following the LINK HERE.

 

 

2018-09-05T13:47:53-07:00August 9th, 2017|Event|

CAFSoCal Presentation Series: VMB611 and the PBJ

Living History Presentation Series
VMB-611 & Doolittle PBJ

Saturday, September 1, 2018
12:30PM
CAF SoCal Hangar

Our PBJ, the Marine Corps version of the venerable B-25, is the only flying example in the world today.

On Saturday, September 1st, CAF SoCal is hosting an event focused on the PBJ and Marine Bombing Squadron-611 (VMB-611).

A trio of CAF SoCal guest speakers will walk you through the history of the PBJ and VMB-611, a 23-year long restoration, and the celebration of the Doolittle Raid’s 75th anniversary.  

So mark your calendars to learn about this historic aircraft, its historic return to flight, and its participation in the historic Doolittle 75th anniversary.

Experience living history.

 

 

2018-09-05T13:48:46-07:00July 29th, 2018|Event|

CAFSoCal Presentation Series: The YAK-3 Fighter

“Avoid combat at lower altitude with Yak fighters lacking an oil cooler intake beneath the nose!”  That directive from Luftwaffe leadership said it all – its fighters were no match for Russia’s newest fighter, the small but lethal Yak-3.
 
On Saturday, July 22nd at 11AM, CAF SoCal is hosting an event focused on this late addition to the air war over the Eastern Front.
 

Introduced in the summer of 1944, the Yak-3 was just in time to have a significant role in Operation BAGRATION, the Soviet strategic offensive fought between June 22nd and August 19th.  This operation was a decisive Soviet victory that completely destroyed German Army Group Centre.
 
The guest speaker is CAF SoCal’s own Steve Barber, Wing leader and Yak-3 pilot.  So mark your calendars to learn about the dominant fighter on the Eastern Front, the Yak-3.
 
Saturday July 22nd, 11am at the Commemorative Air Force museum at the Camarillo Airport.
 
Experience living history.
2017-07-17T14:42:42-07:00June 21st, 2017|Event|

Mustang Rides at Truckee/Tahoe Airshow

CAF SoCal aircraft will be participating in the 2017 Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival, July 07-09, 2017 and our P51 Mustang will be there giving rides for an experience of a lifetime!

Following a lengthy overhaul period, our P-51D Man’O’War is available for flights again, with a completely overhauled Rolls Royce Merlin engine and propeller.

Reserve your P51 Ride today!

Book Online HERE
or
Call 805-482-0064

 

Man’OWar’s dance card at the home hangars in Camarillo is full and getting longer.  Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the warbird that established air supremacy in the skies of Europe and take a ride aboard a P-51D Mustang over the breath-taking scenery of the Truckee/Lake Tahoe.

2017-06-20T21:02:40-07:00June 19th, 2017|Event|