SBD-5 Dauntless to Celebrate Aviation Day in Fort Myers
The Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing will fly its rare SBD-5 Dauntless dive bomber at Aviation Day Nov. 7, 2015, at Page Field in Fort Myers, Fla. The meticulously restored WWII aircraft will arrive at Page Field and offer rides for sale throughout the event, which is hosted by the Lee County Transportation Authority. Rides are popular with veterans who remember these vintage aircraft, and are equally appreciated by younger aviation fans who have never had an opportunity to experience flight in an historic 70-year-old warplane. See WWII days from the air in a gunner’s seat that also gives you a view of what it was like for our daring fighter pilots of WWII. The Dauntless Dive bomber is the only U.S. combat aircraft to fight from the beginning of the World War II until the end. This aircraft type sunk four Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway, which helped turn the tide of the Pacific war after the disaster at Pearl Harbor. The SBD, considered the most destructive air weapon of the U.S. Navy, sank more than 300,000 tons of enemy ships in WWII. This SBD Dauntless is one of only two left flying in the world today. Click here to book a ride in advance.
The SBD Dive Bomber is one of five featured aircraft at this year’s event, in addition to a North American B-25J Mitchell, a Grumman TBM-3E Avenger, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain and a Douglas DC-3.Aviation Day is an annual community event hosted by the Lee County Port Authority with the purpose of increasing awareness of its airports – Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Page Field (FMY). The event is on the ramp on the north side of Page Field off North Airport Road, east of U.S. 41 and south of Colonial Blvd. Parking is available off North Airport Road and U.S. 41 with shuttle bus transportation to the event entrance.
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About Aviation Day
Aviation Day 2015 will feature a special appearance by Capt. Barrington Irving, the first African-American to fly solo around the world and one of the youngest people in the world to accomplish the achievement. Other attractions will include experimental, antique and general aviation aircraft exhibits, airplane and helicopter rides, children’s activities including bounce houses, movie showings, character appearances, clowns and face painting, demonstrations by airport police and fire departments, aviation-themed shopping and exhibitors, refreshments and more.
Parking and admission are free, but those coming to the event are asked to help the local community by bringing a non-perishable food item. All donations will benefit The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, which has a mission to overcome hunger in local communities through education and by working in a cooperative effort with affiliated agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination.