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Truckee/Tahoe Airshow

ManO’War and the Zero completed a successful mission to the Truckee/Tahoe Airshow 14-15 July, 2018.

Along with the Executive Sweet B25, it is safe to say that the warbirds were the main event at the airshow.

The three aircraft put on a crowd-pleasing demonstration, made all the more special since this was our new Zero pilot, Jon Ingoldsby‘s first performance at an airshow in a fighter.

The weather cooperated and the machinery worked flawlessly thanks to the meticulous maintenance crew. An all-around great outing by the wing.

Many thanks to all who helped plan and support this event, as well as the organizers of the airshow for hosting us.

We look forward to the 2019 show with an even bigger appearance.



2018-07-20T23:23:47+00:00July 20th, 2018|News|

P47 Restoration Status Update

We are all anxious to hear news about our latest restoration project  

Below is a quote from Dick Troy, the P47 crew chief,  with some details as to the status of the project: 

A couple of things are going on with the Bolt. At first glance it may seem to be just occupying space but looks can be deceiving. The team has emptied all the boxes that came with the Bolt and most have been labeled. It has yet to be determined if any of those parts will be useable. The bulk of the work at this juncture will be composed of trying to locate missing parts, locating the log books for the aircraft and attempting to obtain the maintenance and repair paperwork that was generated after the accident.

Additional major components that are missing is the aircraft engine and the propeller hub and related items . These are just a sampling of the parts that are missing. As we all know memories tend to fade over the years and major players expire or move on so the simple issue of contacting anyone with useable knowledge about any of these items is very difficult. I have made some progress in these areas by locating the pilot that was flying the aircraft at the time of the accident. He is in the DFW area and is quite busy but he told me he would help in locating these items and providing whatever helpful information he has but on his terms. All of these issues need to be resolved prior to commencing any meaningful progress toward the restoration. All of these issues are fixable but they are going to take some time to straighten out. Closer to home we are designing a support gantry for the fuselage so it can be raised, lowered or rotated as the need arises so the maintenance crew will not have to work from ladders or lay on their backs to work on the belly. That’s about the extent of what’s going on st this point in time. One thing I have learned about the restoration process is patience, patience and more patience. 

Until next time please stop by the office and we can have some dialogue on our long range plans for the Bolt.

Best to you

R.J. Troy

Crew Chief Rep P-47

Use this link to donate to the P47 restoration project.
Thank you!

2018-06-30T16:58:33+00:00June 30th, 2018|News|

ManO’War Rides in Truckee/Tahoe

We will be participating in the Truckee/Tahoe Airshow the weekend of July 14th.

The Mustang will be available for rides starting on Friday July 13th and after the show for the weekend.

Head over to our rides page and book your flight.

Time slots are limited, so don’t delay or you might miss the opportunity to experience this iconic warbird over the beautiful scenery of the Sierras.

2018-06-26T13:36:22+00:00June 26th, 2018|News|

Father’s Day Warbird Rides

Give Dad a treat he won’t soon forget!

This Fathers Day Weekend, Saturday June 16th and Sunday 17th, we have added additional flight times in the PT19, AT6 Texan/SNJ as well as the P51 Mustang for rides at the CAFSoCal museum.

 

Book your ride soon as seats are limited 

Head over to our rides page and book dad the experience of a lifetime. Slots are available for each aircraft between 10AM-3PM on Saturday and 12PM-4PM on Sunday. Please note that the ride times are on a first-booked basis and go fast.
You may also call the museum front desk at 805-482-0064 to book your flight and have your questions answered.

New this year, we’re excited to offer our Ace Maker flight package – experience the full range of WWII vintage flying adventure from the open cockpit primary trainer, to the spirited advanced trainer and the premier frontline fighter – all in one day – all in one place. This is a new program created based on feedback from previous ride program participants and offered at a discount over booking each ride separately – due to its novelty and custom features, you must call the front desk to make arrangements for the Ace Maker package. Make dad feel like an Ace! there will be no other better gift.

 

 

2018-06-10T15:32:22+00:00June 9th, 2018|News|

Memorial Day at CAF SoCal

In cooperation with the Sabot Group, we had the privilege to give warbird rides to more than two dozen local veterans on Saturday.

With a large number of members in attendance for the event, we took the opportunity (ie ambushed) to get a quick comment on what Memorial Day means to our members.

Here’s a video compilation of about 40 interviews. It runs the gamut from routine, to heartfelt to humorous. 


 

The museum will be open on
Memorial Day, Monday May 28th.

 We will be open from 10 am to 4 pm.  You will be able to see up close and personal some of the aircraft flown by our servicemen and women in WWII who helped preserve our Freedom.

Who knows, you may even get to see one of our aircraft fly.

Come join us on this solemn day which honors our veterans who have died while serving in the U.S. Military.

2018-05-26T23:45:11+00:00May 18th, 2018|News|

Member Gone West

Today we say goodbye to our dear friend Lloyd McAfee.
A long time, beloved member of our wing, Lloyd was active to the very end.
If there was something he saw that needed doing, from welding some rogue piece or watering the plants out front, he would get it done!
Fair Winds and Blue Skies our friend.

2018-05-13T10:24:13+00:00May 12th, 2018|News|

2018 Beale Airshow report

Beale Air Force base held their first airshow in seven years and CAFSoCal was part of the demonstration teams with the PBJ, Hellcat and YAK3.

Our warbirds stood out in stark contrast to the cutting edge demonstrations by the F-22 Raptor team and the U2 aircraft and were really appreciated by the crowd as well as the Air Force personnel. 

Below are a few pictures from the airshow and some of the transit flights.


Some videos

 

2018-05-08T00:05:06+00:00May 7th, 2018|News|

The Trainers

The Trainers presentation video is posted below.

The presentation was one of our best attended in the series.  

Don’t miss the next one:

Living History Presentation:
Pacific Air War
June 9, 2018
11AM-2PM
CAF SoCal Hangars at Camarillo Airport



 


On Saturday April 14th, CAF SoCal  hosted an event focused on the PT-19 Cornell and including several other pivotal military trainers from the WWII era. We had a group of our pilots talk about their training experiences in the PT-17 Stearman, the PT-19 Cornell, and the AT-6/SNJ Texan and our unit Historian, Ron Fleishmann, outlined the history of CAF SoCal’s Fairchild PT-19 Cornell.

2018-04-15T15:14:21+00:00April 15th, 2018|News|