CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend Will Salute the Tuskegee Airmen
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (July 17, 2017) - The amazing accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II and beyond will be celebrated as the theme of the third annual CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend Oct. 8-9, 2017, at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, Chamblee, Georgia. Hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing, the weekend will feature the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater along with its restored P-51 Mustang Tuskegee Airmen.
“We are bringing at least 20 original Tuskegee Airmen veterans to share in the acknowledgment of the outstanding history of the black aviators who overcame prejudice and adversity to serve their country so well,” said Atlanta Warbird Weekend Chairman Moreno Aguiari. “We also plan to exhibit aircraft flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, including the P-51, P-47, P-40, and trainers used then, such as the BT-13, PT-17 Stearman and T-6. An original Tuskegee Airmen T-6 will appear courtesy of the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum out of Detroit, Michigan. It was delivered to Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama in 1943. The museum also will bring a 37-panel exhibit.”The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile movie theater tours the country throughout the year to educate and inspire young and old with the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Special tours will be provided for Atlanta school children Wednesday through Friday. School officials can book student tours by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Another highlight this year is the appearance of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast, and rides will be offered Thursday through Sunday. Rides may be booked in advance by clicking HERE. WWII aircraft rides in P-51 Mustang, SBD Dauntless, T-6 and more, will be available for purchase throughout the weekend, offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience for young and old alike. Warbird rides can be purchased HERE.
The CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend also plans to screen the documentary “In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen” on Friday night. Educational programs Saturday and Sunday will include Warbirds in Review presentations in front of various historic aircraft.The annual CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend dinner Saturday night will feature the Tuskegee Airmen at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant. Tickets are available by clicking HERE.
About the Commemorative Air Force
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 11,000 members and operates a fleet of more than 165 aircraft. These aircraft compose the world’s largest flying museum, and are operated for the education of present and future generations. www.commemorativeairforce.org.
About the CAF Dixie Wing Warbird Museum
The CAF Dixie Wing, based in Peachtree City, Ga., was founded in 1987. The Wing, one of the largest units of the Commemorative Air Force, maintains and flies seven WWII aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, an FG-1D Corsair and rare types such as the SBD Dauntless dive bomber and P-63A Kingcobra. The Dixie Wing organizes two large events a year -- WWII Heritage Days and the Atlanta Warbird Weekend. The unit, composed of 300 volunteers, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that relies on contributions of time and funds to carry out the mission of the CAF. For more information go to www.dixiewing.org.
About the CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend
The CAF Atlanta Warbird Weekend (AWW) is an annual event dedicated to the remembrance and celebration of the men, women and machines of The Greatest Generation. In metro Atlanta, there are significant historical resources and AWW is the catalyst to bring together the organizations, aircraft and people that keep this history alive and engage families and businesses that want to keep this spirit alive. Our goal is to elevate awareness of historical organizations in Metro Atlanta, raise funds to “Keep ‘em Flying”, promote the sponsors and the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport - who make the event possible. www.atlantawarbirdweekend.com