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Modelfest 2019 – Another Success

This past Sunday February 24th the Modelfest was again held at the Commemorative Air Force, Southern California Wing’s Museum  (455 Aviation Drive Camarillo, CA 91010).  This annual event  is a Model Contest and Swap Meet.  There are 43 different categories, 8 of which will be in the junior category.  

If you missed out this year, just make plans now for next year.  Plans are already in the works for Modelfest 2020 in February 2020. 

As always, this event is sponsored by Ventura Hobbies and the Commemorative Air Force.

For more information call Vern Morseman @ 805-658-8138 or view the website at VenturaHobbies.com

2019-03-03T19:14:24+00:00February 9th, 2019|Bulletin Board, Event, News|

YAK3 Presentation

Join us for another instalment in the Living History Presentation series.

Hear from our historians, maintenance personnel and pilots about the YAK3 fighter and take your chance to get a closeup view of the cockpit.


Saturday, April 27, 2019
11AM- 2PM
CAF SoCal hangars at the Camarillo airport


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2019-03-17T20:15:10+00:00January 31st, 2019|Event, News|

Help a Friend in Need

One of our own suffered a complete loss of home and property to the devastating recent California fires.

Help our family take care of one of our own by donating to the Go Fund Me page we’ve setup for him and his family.

Don has been a member at CAFSoCal for many years. Like most of our volunteers, he’s the quiet type who shows up and gets the job done without much fanfare.

You know the type. The kind of guy that makes organizations like ours successful.

So you may not have seen him in the pictures and videos we post, or have heard us mention his name much. And we don’t even have an emotional picture of his property loss to tug at your heart strings (the one on the GoFundMe page is a stock image).

But here’s our chance to say “Thank You” when it really matters.

Please pitch in to the fund raising campaign and help Don and his Family get back on their feet.

Every dollar counts.

Thank you!

2018-11-16T16:27:10+00:00November 16th, 2018|News|

5th Annual Aviation Career Day

The 2018 Aviation Career Day held at the Camarillo Airport and the CAF hangars was a fantastic event.

We were once again thrilled to have the Ventura County Ninety Nines, VC Career Education Center, VC Dept or Airports, CP Aviation and the California Aeronautical University, to name just a few of the participants hold this annual event at our hangars.

High school and middle school students from Ventura County were in attendance to explore the possibilities of a future in the aviation industry. Just look at the joy in our good friend Si Robin in the images below to get a sense of what this event means to us.

We are already looking forward to the 2019 edition of this fun event!

Visit their Facebook page for further information.



2018-11-01T17:50:12+00:00November 1st, 2018|News|

CAFSoCal Presentation: The Bearcat

The Bearcat

The October edition of the Living History Series was one of the best attended presentations since the inception of this program.

This success can be attributed to two facts: the subject matter, the fastest propeller driven fighter of World War Two, and the presentation skills of CAF Col Hertberg and his supporting speakers. CAF Col Fleishman spoke on the history of our own Bearcat, and Cols. Barber and Somes gave engaging accounts of what it’s like to fly this little hellion.

Join us on December 8th for the next installment of the series, the Pacific Conflict.

The video of the presentation linked below is well worth watching:



 

2018-10-20T17:21:26+00:00October 20th, 2018|News|

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.

SemperFi!

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|