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.

 

2021-11-06T15:09:25-07:00October 23rd, 2021|Featured, 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|

Veteran’s Day 2020

Happy Veteran’s Day – we honor all Veterans today, living and passed on.   Unfortunately with the current crisis, the museum is closed until further notice, so please celebrate safely at home.  

To help keep you occupied, here is some history about Veteran’s Day (courtesy of History.com):  

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. 

 For more great information, please visit: www.history.com

2020-11-10T20:14:19-07:00November 10th, 2020|News|

Happy Fourth of July 2020

The Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force would like to wish you a safe and happy 4th of July, 2020!  We will be open when it is safe to do so for our members and our volunteers, but until then please stay safe and healthy, and we hope you enjoy these videos from times past.  

The first is an old Ford Trucks commercial where the China Doll steals the show

Next is a great airshow recap video from 2017 El Centro

2020-09-10T10:15:02-07:00July 4th, 2020|News|

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