The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Capital Wing is hosting a ‘Homecoming’ event to serve as the kick-off to its 2019 airshow season at the Culpeper Regional Airport from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 13.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is intended to reengage past members, attract new supporters and energize the all-volunteer organization before the start of its airshow season.
This is an opportunity for the public to participate in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) events, hear historical lectures on the wings various aircraft, enjoy lunch in their hangar, and view World War II relics in their museum. Aircraft rides in the WWII TBM-3E ‘Avenger’ “Doris Mae,” L-5 ‘Sentinel’ “Gayle Ann,” and a PT-17 ‘Stearman’ is also available.
Rides can be purchased in advance by visiting: https://homecomingatcafcapitalwing.eventbrite.com.
A seat in the L-5 ‘Sentinel’ costs $49 and $99 in the PT-17, which both aircraft are limited to one rider at a time. The TBM ‘Avenger’ seats two riders at a time, in either the observer position or rear turret seat, at the cost of $695 per seat. For frequently asked questions regarding flight requirements, check-in times, cancellations and changes, please visit the EventBright link or contact the Capital Wing Operations at (540) 402-1818.
Homecoming at the Capital Wing is just one in over 15 events that the CAF Capital Wing will participate in this year. The mission of the Capital Wing is to honor those who have served, educate the public, and inspire the next generation of aviators.
The CAF was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and select 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, recreates, remind and reinforce the lessons learned from the defining moments in American military aviation history. A 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization, the CAF has more than 13,000 volunteer members and a fleet of 165 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 76 CAF units for care and operation. There are also four international affiliates in France, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Australia. For more information, visit http://www.commemorativeairforce.org.