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Spitfire Presentation – Replay

Spitfire Mk XIV Presentation September
10, 2022 – Thank you for joining us!  Here is a replay of that presentation:

The performance beast! That’s what seasoned Spitfire pilots called the
Griffon-powered Mk XIV. With a top speed 100 miles per hour faster than
earlier Marks and sporting 50 caliber and 20-millimeter guns the Mk XIV
kept the Spitfire at the forefront of World War II fighter performance and
lethality. On Saturday September 10th the Commemorative Air Force
Southern California Wing at the Camarillo Airport will commemorate the
82nd anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a presentation on the
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV. Weather, operations, and maintenance
permitting CAF SoCal will also fly their Mk XIV for you.

2022-11-17T21:23:49-07:00October 30th, 2022|Featured, News|

Mass Production – Our Next Presentation, Dec 10

Come visit us for our next presentation in the series:  Mass Production – Toaster to Ammo Box on December 10, 2022 at 11am to 2pm.

Museum opens at 10am – suggested donation is $10 per person – thank you for your support!

The Commemorative Air Force is an all-volunteer run museum where you can experience living history.  Our mission is to Educate, Inspire, and Honor through Flight and Living History Experiences.

During World War II, American manufacturers produced massive amounts of supplies for the U.S. military and U.S. allies. The Lionel toy train company started producing items for warships. Ford Motor Company produced B-24 bombers. Packard built Merlin engines. On Saturday November 12th the Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing at the Camarillo Airport will conduct a presentation on American mass production in support of the war effort.  Weather, operations, and maintenance permitting CAF SoCal will also fly one of their warbirds for you.

 

2022-11-06T08:14:31-07:00September 22nd, 2022|Featured, News|

Our Presentation Schedule for 2022

Part of our mission is to educate, and we love doing just that with our presentation series.   These 1-2 hour events happen every so often at the museum and are really worth trying to make it in person.  

Here is the list for 2022 so you can plan ahead:

 

  • June 4th – 11 am:  F6F Hellcat
  • August 6th – 11 am: VJ Day 77th anniversary featuring our B-25 PBJ Bomber 
  • September 10th – 11 am:  Battle of Britain 82th anniversary featuring our Spitfire
  • December 10th – 11 am:  Mass production during WWII
2022-11-06T08:11:01-07:00May 8th, 2022|News|

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.

 

2021-12-04T17:03:34-07:00October 23rd, 2021|News|

Canceled – Spy Pilot The U-2 Presentation

**This event has been cancelled – please watch for  a re-scheduled date

 

 

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.

 

Spy Pilot by Francis Gary Powers Jr.

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.

2020-03-13T19:26:34-07:00January 11th, 2020|News|

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