PRESS RELEASE – Military aviation history will come to life through a new monthly series presented by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing at the Wing’s headquarters. The public is invited to join the Saturday discussions by a variety of aviators dedicated to preserving the memory of U.S. aviation history. The series begins March 19 and concludes Nov. 19. All events will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wing headquarters and museum, 1200 Echo Ct., Peachtree City, Ga. (adjacent to Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field). Some events will include aircraft displays and the opportunity for rides.
“The CAF Dixie Wing Living History program brings history out of the textbook and gives it the human perspective of those who have actually experienced it,” said Mo Aguiari, Dixie Wing marketing officer. “This is a fascinating presentation of events that is geared for the entire family and delivers on our Commemorative Air Force mission of education. Displaying the aircraft made famous by this era makes this program truly ‘hands-on’ history.”
Living History Schedule
March 26 – “Helicopters and Vietnam,” presented by Col. Cliff Stern and helicopter pilots from the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. Aircraft on display and Dixie Wing aircraft available for rides. April 16 –“Flying the Blackbird,” presented by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Les Dyer, a pilot in the SR 71 program until 1989. Dixie Wing aircraft available for rides. May 21 – “The L-Bird Story: Liaison Aircraft from WWII to Vietnam.” – Aircraft on display and Dixie Wing aircraft available for rides. June 18 – “Veterans of the Mighty Eighth,” presented by Veterans of the Eighth Air Force Society Georgia Chapter. Dixie Wing aircraft available for rides. July 16 – “The Making of a Pilot,” presented by Dixie Wing colonels. Aircraft on display and Dixie Wing aircraft available for rides. Aug. 20 – “The Lost Squadron,” the story of the Greenland Expedition Society, presented by Expedition Society members, led by Pat Epps. Dixie Wing aircraft available for rides. Oct. 15 – “Fighter Pilots Symposium,” the evolution of the fighter pilot from WWII to today. Aircraft on display and Dixie Wing aircraft available for rides. Nov. 19 – “What Makes Combat Vets Different,” presented by veteran and local author Terry Garlock. Dixie Wing aircraft available for rides.
The fee to attend these Dixie Wing events is $10. For more information, visit www.dixiewing.org.
About the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Dallas, Texas, the organization has more than 13,000 members and operates a fleet of more than 162 World War II aircraft.The Commemorative Air Force was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft that were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans. More than just a collection of airworthy warplanes from the past, the CAF’s fleet of historic aircraft, known as the CAF Ghost Squadron, recreate, remind and reinforce the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history.
The Dixie Wing was approved as the 83rd CAF unit on Feb.28, 1987, and has since displayed its collection of vintage World War II aircraft in numerous air shows throughout the Southeast. The wing is a non-profit, tax-exempt “flying museum” that depends on contributions of time and funds to carry out its mission.