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WWII Heritage Days 2019 to Honor 75th Anniversary of D-Day

CAF Dixie Wing Volunteers recreate the 1940s

PHOTO CAPTION: "American invaders spring from the ramp of a Coast Guard-manned landing barge to wade those last perilous yards to the beach of Normandy on D-Day in 1944. Enemy fire will cut some of them down. The 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion will be the theme for the 2019 CAF Dixie Wing World War II Heritage Days, April 27-28, 2019 in Peachtree City, Georgia.

 

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (July 9, 2018) - the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Europe will be commemorated around the world in 2019, and Georgia will be part of it with the 16th annual WWII Heritage Days, April 27-28, 2019, at Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field in Peachtree City. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing will recreate the 1940s era with the music of Glenn Miller at a Hangar Dance and displays of historic aircraft, military vehicles, antique cars and vintage fashion. World War II veterans will be honored throughout the weekend.

“WWII Heritage Days is an immersion experience,” said Jim Buckley, leader of the all-volunteer CAF Dixie Wing. “The sights and sounds will inspire people of all ages and walks of life to connect with the legacy of The Greatest Generation.”

The festivities at the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum constitute the largest annual 1940s theme event in Georgia. Throughout the weekend, more than 500 volunteers will conduct special events such as Allied and Axis troops in reenactment battles, 1940s music shows, veteran and historian presentations, education displays and activities for children. On Saturday evening, the romance and glamor of the Big Band Era will return during “Keep ‘em Flying”, a 1940s-theme hangar dance featuring a live 20-piece swing band. The evening is set in the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum, decorated to recreate the ambiance of the period. The dance has become a regional tradition, selling out each of the last five years.

Historians consider World War II the pivotal event of the Twentieth Century, involving more than 30 countries and 100 million people from 1939 to 1945. The United States’ entry in the war in 1941 ultimately provided the Allies with a decisive advantage as the Arsenal of Democracy. According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, 558,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were alive in 2017. More than 65 World War II veterans attended WWII Heritage Days last April, one of the largest gatherings in Georgia in 2018. Despite rain on Sunday, more than 3,500 people attended the event.

The Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, (D-Day) was one of the largest seaborne invasion in history, beginning with overnight parachute and glider landings, massive air attacks and naval bombardments. In the early morning, landings commenced on five beaches codenamed Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah, with troops from the United States landing on Omaha and Utah, Great Britain landing on Gold and Sword and Canada landing on Juno. D-Day began the liberation of France and northwestern Europe from Nazi control and contributed to the Allied victory on the Western Front.

“The CAF is best known as the largest World War II flying museum in the world,” said Buckley “but our mission is education. WWII Heritage Days is a living history classroom.”

WWII Heritage Days and Keep ‘em Flying have drawn enthusiasts to Peachtree City from throughout the southeast. Past participating organizations include the Atlanta History Center, Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History & Holocaust Education, Atlanta WWII Round Table, American Rosie the Riveters Association, U.S. Army Signal Corps Museum, Army Aviation Heritage Foundation and military vehicle clubs. Local civic organizations and schools are invited to participate.

For more information about WWII Heritage Days, please visit www.wwiidays.org.

About the Commemorative Air Force
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the world’s largest flying military aircraft museum. For more than 60 years, the CAF has been dedicated to honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibitions, education and remembrance. Fulfilling its mission, the organization maintains airplanes in flying condition, taking the aircraft to communities across America to experience first-hand the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.

The CAF is a non-profit educational association with more than 11,000 members and a fleet of 174 vintage military aircraft distributed throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.CommemorativeAirForce.org.

About the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum
The CAF Dixie Wing, based in Peachtree City, Ga., was founded in 1987. One of largest units of the Commemorative Air Force, the unit maintains and flies seven WWII aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, FG-1D Corsair and rare types such as the SBD Dauntless dive bomber and P-63A Kingcobra. The unit, composed of 300 volunteers, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.http://www.dixiewing.org/

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Greg Shelton has offered his signature daytime wing-walking act for almost 15 years (photo by Jim Froneberger).

Greg Shelton to Receive 2018 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship

EAST TROY, WISCONSIN, June 11, 2018 -- World Airshow News has announced that Greg Shelton is the 2018 recipient of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. One of the most prestigious awards in the airshow industry, the list of Barber honorees reads like an airshow hall of fame.

Like many in the airshow business, Shelton’s interest in aviation started as a child. His father flew fighters in the U.S. Navy and Greg grew up watching fire bombers operate in northern California. He started flying lessons in 1982 using a Piper J-3 Cub, but before he could finish his license, Shelton traded in the Cub for a Starduster Too in order to fly aerobatics. Less than a year later, he bought a T-6 Texan project, spent four and a half years restoring it to flying condition, and then started flying airshows in the T-6 in 1990. Over the ensuing years, Shelton also performed in a Yak-52 and a Yak-55M.

In 2003, Shelton sold his Yak and bought a 450 horsepower Stearman so he could start a wing-walking act, the act that has been the centerpiece of his airshow offering for almost 15 years. Greg also flies a solo aerobatic routine in the Stearman.

Today, Greg and wing-walker Ashley Shelton offer a unique night wing-walking performance in addition to their traditional daytime show. For the night show, Ashley wears a special lighted costume that allows her to be seen atop Greg’s wing as she waves to the crowd during their fully-aerobatic night airshow.

In December 2006, Shelton sold his T-6 and purchased a rare FM-2 Wildcat in which he also flies a fully-aerobatic airshow routine. Wildcats were the primary Navy and Marine Corps fighter at the start of World War II and fought in all major battles including Wake Island, Battle of Coral Sea, Midway, and Guadalcanal. 

The Bill Barber Award for Showmanship began in 1986 and is awarded to airshow performers or teams that have demonstrated great skill and showmanship. World Airshow News magazine and the friends and family of the late Bill Barber present the award annually.

The Bill Barber Award for Showmanship will be presented on Tuesday evening, July 24 during EAA AirVenture at EAA’s Theater in the Woods.

Past Bill Barber Award winners include:

2017 Kyle Franklin

2016 Manfred Radius

2015 Bob Carlton

2014 Greg Koontz

2013 Skip Stewart

2012 Matt Younkin

2011 Rich and Dee Gibson

2010 Steve Oliver and Suzanne Asbury-Oliver

2009 Michael Goulian

2008 Bud Granley

2007 Dacy Family Airshow Team

2006 Danny Clisham

2005 Pietsch Airshows

2004 Bobby Younkin

2003 Jim LeRoy

2002 AeroShell Aerobatic Team 

2001 Northern Lights Aerobatic Team

2000 John Mohr

1999 Dan Buchanan

1998 Patty Wagstaff

1997 Gene Soucy & Teresa Stokes

1996 Wayne Handley

1995 Bob Hoover

1994 Bob & Annette Hosking

1993 Red Baron Stearman Squadron

1992 Sean D. Tucker

1991 Julie Clark

1990 Leo Loudenslager

1989 Jimmy Franklin

1987 The French Connection

1986 Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team

For more information on The Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, contact Sandy Parnau, Publisher, World Airshow News at sandyparnau@gmail.com or (414) 801-1636. www.airshowmag.com

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Greg Shelton’s unique night wing-walking act features wing-walker Ashley Shelton in a special lighted costume (photo by Jim Froneberger).

For more information on The Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, contact Sandy Parnau, Publisher, World Airshow News at sandyparnau@gmail.com or 414-801-1636. www.airshowmag.com

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Commemorative Air Force to Participate in Daks Over Normandy on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

(June 5, 2018 – San Marcos, Texas) - The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is gearing up to participate in Daks over Normandy, an event which will honor the 75th Anniversary of D-Day next summer in Normandy, France. To accomplish this the CAF D-Day Wing was formed. This group of volunteers is focused on preparing these extraordinary aircraft and their crews for the epic mission across the North Atlantic.

 

The CAF D-Day Wing will join about 15 other historic military aircraft from the U.S., deploying as one American contingent (D-Day Squadron) and flying in formation from Oxford, Connecticut to Duxford Airfield in England. Once in Europe, the American fleet will join dozens more aircraft for the D-Day anniversary to fly together over the beaches of France and deploy paratroopers on June 6, 2019, marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. This amazing sight will create a monumental tribute to the Allied forces, this commemoration will also include several days of displays and educational opportunities for the public.

 

“To see these aircraft fly at any event is captivating, but to be able to participate in this event and play a role in honoring the service and sacrifice of these veterans is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone involved,” said D-Day Wing Leader Joe Enzminger. To make the mission a success, Enzminger will lead a force of volunteer crewmembers to help handle all the logistics surrounding the tour. “This event is a tremendous undertaking. We need to raise around $1 million to cover the expenses of traveling to Europe and making sure the aircraft are outfitted with the right equipment for the month-long tour. The Tunison Foundation has committed to supporting part of the tour and we are actively looking for additional sponsors and donors to give to this mission,” Enzminger said.

 

The three CAF aircraft attending the anniversary are: C-47 That’s All, Brother, of San Marcos, Texas; C-47 Bluebonnet Belle, of Burnet, Texas; and C-53 D-Day Doll, of Riverside, California.

 

“For more than 60 years the Commemorative Air Force has served to honor those who fought and died for our freedoms in World War II by flying our historic aircraft. I cannot think of a more appropriate occasion than this important anniversary for our aircraft to attend,” said CAF President/CEO Bob Stenevik. “This will be the last time an appreciable number of veterans will be able to see these aircraft fly as they did on June 6, 1944. Those who are able to support this event are doing a tremendous service to honoring our American history.”

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To learn more about the CAF D-Day Wing, contact Andy Maag at (512) 710-7712 or visit www.cafddaywing.org. CAF D-Day Wing Media Kit Download- https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9t33af22rdwep4h/AABvnMjNLBmOhS1Nrs4ooas-a?dl=0

About the Commemorative Air Force

Collecting, restoring, and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the largest private air force in the world. The CAF is dedicated to honoring American Military Aviation through Flight, Exhibition, Education, and Remembrance. A nonprofit educational association, the CAF has more than 12,000 members and a fleet of more than 170 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 70 units located in 27 states for care and operation. The mission of the Commemorative Air Force is to honor the men and women who built, maintained, and flew in these airplanes during World War II. The organization believes that mission is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition and taking the airplanes to the people allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.

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JULY 24 AT EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH 2018

New technologies, awards, thought leaders part of ‘what’s next’ in flight

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 12, 2018) — The cutting-edge technology and products that will drive general aviation’s next generation come together at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 on Tuesday, July 24, with a full Innovations Day of programming and events on the AirVenture grounds.

The 66th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention is July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The event is traditionally the venue where the latest aviation technology is introduced to the flying community.

The daylong series of only-at-Oshkosh events brings together the brightest minds in aviation innovation. Topics will include electric and hybrid technology, artificial intelligence in the cockpit, future avionics, uses of unmanned aircraft and more. The packed schedule of events concludes An Evening With Innovators program at Theater in the Woods, featuring with the third annual Founder’s Innovation Prize judging and program. In addition, Aviation Gateway Park features more than 20 new exhibitors demonstrating new technology throughout the week.

“EAA members thrive on the ‘what’s next’ – the new technology and innovations in general aviation,” said Dave Chaimson, EAA’s vice president of marketing and business development. “Many of the innovations seen at Oshkosh over the past five decades are now commonplace in aviation. There’s no place better than Oshkosh, and its connection with the community’s leading manufacturers and service providers, to provide world-class educational experiences to engage in aviation’s future.”

Some of the July 24 highlights include:

·         9 a.m.-Noon: Lindbergh Innovation Forum, Aviation Gateway Park Forum Tent — Entrepreneurs, inventors, and trailblazers involved in breakthrough work participate in presentations and panel discussions on a variety of technology shaping tomorrow’s aviation environment. Those scheduled to participate include representatives of Uber Elevate, Boeing, Insitu, Ampaire, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and others.

·         1-2 p.m.: Innovation Trends in GA Avionics Executive Roundtable, Aviation Gateway Park Forum Tent — This panel of GA founders and CEOs from the avionics industry will focus on ADS-B, open-source development, GA/UAV crossover technology, and more.

·         8 p.m.: An Evening With Innovators featuring the Founder’s Innovation Prize, Theater in the Woods — The third year of this competition, presented by Airbus, highlights the top five 2018 entries in a “Shark Tank”-style format, where judges from throughout the aviation and aerospace world review the best and brightest ideas to lower the loss-of-control accident rate in general aviation. The winner receives a cash prize of $25,000, with additional cash prizes for second and third place.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA.

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ANNOUNCING JANESVILLE WARBIRD WEEKEND – July 21-22, 2018

The annual warbird event will be held in Janesville, Wisconsin on July 21-22. The event will feature the B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, AC-47 Gunship, P-51 Mustang, C-47 Skytrain, C-45 Expeditor, and Grumman C1-A.

Janesville, Wisconsin, June 4, 2018 − In a gathering of warbirds from the World War II and Vietnam War eras, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is returning to the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport for Janesville Warbird Weekend 2018 in Janesville, Wisconsin the weekend before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. The event starts Saturday, July 21, 2018 and will feature B-24 Diamond Lil; the B-25 Miss Mitchell; the C-47 That’s All, Brother; the P-51 Red Nose; the AC-47 Gunship Spooky; and the C1-A Miss Belle. Other attending aircraft include BT-13 Vultee, C-45 Expeditor, PT-13 Stearman, two AT-6 Texans, PT-22 Recruit, L-5 Sentinel, KC-135 fuel tanker from the 128th Air Refueling Wing, and an L-29 jet. Many of the airplanes will be available for ground tours and rides. Additional ground tours will include World War II reenactors and vehicles, and the Rockford REACT helicopter.

“We are excited to bring the CAF AirPower History Tour to Janesville, Wisconsin,” said Tour Manager Jonathan Oliver. “The people of southern Wisconsin offered strong support for the 2013 through 2017 events, so we are bringing yet another unique show in 2018 for the Janesville, Beloit, Rockford, and Madison area communities to enjoy.” Greg Cullen, Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport manager said, “This is a historic opportunity for the public to view, touch, photograph, climb-through, and even fly in these aircraft at one location. The Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville offers an ideal venue for a show on their way to EAA AirVenture the following week.”

A newly restored Douglas C-47 Skytrain That’s All, Brother will be attending for the first time and will be available for tours and rides. C-47 That’s All, Brother was the leader of the formation that dropped thousands of American paratroopers into Normandy on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, paving the way for the liberation of northern France from Nazi Germany.

The event’s main entrance will be in the new terminal building at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 1716 West Airport Rd., Janesville, WI 53546. Admission for a single-day ground tour ticket is $10 per person or $20 for families with children under 18. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22. Jeff Skiles, resident of Oregon, Wisconsin and first officer from ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ US Airways Flight 1549 will be present to answer questions about the CAF aircraft and for photo opportunities. Famous Dave’s barbecue, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream - featuring Bombs Away ice cream flavor, Veebo’s wood-fired pizza, and CAF warbird merchandise will be available daily. Bessie’s Diner, a new full-service restaurant located in the Janesville terminal, hopes to be open in time for the event, serving breakfast and lunch menu items. Elevation Air, a new flight school and aircraft rental company based in Janesville, will have a Cessna 172 on display and representatives available to answer flight training questions. Best-selling author, Steve Snyder, will be selling autographed copies of his World War II novel Shot Down. Saturday will feature a 100 Beechcraft aircraft formation fly-over enroute to EAA Oshkosh.

Warbird ride reservations are recommended in advance and can be made at http://www.JVL18.splashthat.com/. Or, call CAF reservations at (432) 413-4100.

Sponsorship of Janesville Warbird Weekend 2018 is provided by – ABC Supply Co. Inc.; Rock Road Companies, Inc.; SC Aviation, Inc.; Singlewire Software, LLC; Burtness Chevy; Glen Erin Golf Course, Best Events Catering, Badger Contractors Rental & Supply, and Bandt Communications.

About the CAF AirPower History Tour

The World War II aviation history tour of the Commemorative Air Force, which brings together aircraft, pilots, and crews to travel across the country. The ever-changing assortment of military aircraft touring together to bring the sights, smells, and sounds of World War II aviation history to audiences of all ages. Learn more about the tour schedule, aircraft and ride information at www.airpowersquadron.org.

About the Commemorative Air Force

Collecting, restoring, and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force is the largest private air force in the world. The CAF is dedicated to honoring American Military Aviation through Flight, Exhibition, Education, and Remembrance. A nonprofit educational association, the CAF has more than 12,000 members and a fleet of more than 170 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 70 units located in 27 states for care and operation. The mission of the Commemorative Air Force is to honor the men and women who built, maintained, and flew in these airplanes during World War II. The organization believes that mission is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition and taking the airplanes to the people allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org

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