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09/25/2017

B-17 Bomber to Arrive for Atlanta Warbird Weekend

 

A restored B-17 Flying Fortress, “Aluminum Overcast”, operated by the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA), will arrive in Atlanta for the fourth annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, Oct.7-8. Ground tours will be available, and rides can be purchased for flights Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 5-8. The aircraft will join the Tuskegee Airmen program for the weekend, which is fitting because The Tuskegee Airmen gained their reputation escorting the Flying Fortress over Europe.

EAA’s B-17G-VE, serial number 44-85740, was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1945.  Although delivered too late to see action in World War II, the airplane has has flown more than one million miles as a cargo hauler, an aerial mapping platform and in pest control and forest dusting applications. The airplane was donated to EAA in 1983. Memorable B-17 rides can be purchased HERE.

To honor the Tuskegee Airmen, every type of aircraft flown by them, from training to front line, will be present except for the P-39. The flight line will include a PT-17 Stearman, BT-13, T-6 Texan, P-40, P-47, P-51C, P-51D and the B-25 Mitchell bomber.

While known primarily as fighter pilots, many Tuskegee Airmen flewB-25s with the 477th Bombardment Group, and the beautiful B-25 ‘Killer B” will appear to honor that history. The B-25J-30-NC SN 44-86697, now flying as “Killer B”, was delivered in1945. Surplus to U.S. military needs, she served with the Royal Canadian Air Force until 1962, when she was sold to a commercial operator in Montana. The aircraft was then sold to the Fuerzas Aereas Venezolanas and later to the Bolivian Air Force. After many civilian owners, she was acquired by Tom Reilly in 1992.  This aircraft also served as the camera ship for the filming of “Battle of Britain” in 1968.

The Dixie Wing is hosting the annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend, and will bring five of its aircraft from its home base in Peachtree City, all available for rides. The aircraft include the P-51 Mustang, the SBD Dauntless dive bomber, and three trainer planes – the T-34, T-6 and PT-19. Rides can be booked HERE.

Memorable B-17 rides can be purchased HERE.

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09/13/2017

B-25 "Killer B" Added to the Line Up of Aircraft

ANNOUNCING the ADDITION of the B-25 Killer B to the aircraft lineup at Atlanta Warbird Weekend! The B-25J-30-NC SN 44-86697 now flying as "Killer B" was delivered on June 15, 1945. Accepted surplus to military needs, she was initially flown to storage at Smoky Hill AAF, Kansas. In November of 1945, she was transferred to storage in Independence, Missouri. She was moved to Pyote, Texas in September of 1947. In October of 1951, she was removed from storage and overhauled at the Brookley Air Depot, Alabama. She was transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force in January of 1952. She was assigned serial RCAF 5239 and taken on strength by the RCAF in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After modifications, she was assigned to multi-engine training in Edmonton Alberta. By August of 1954, she was transferred to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her final RCAF assignment was in Winnepeg, Manitoba with the 2 Air Observer School. Here she was used to train radar intercept crews for the RCAF. Although TB-25Ks were used for the radar training, other B-25s were used as the targets. The standard B-25s were also used in administrative and utility roles. She was flown to storage in November of 1961 and in May of 1962, she was removed from the Royal Air Force inventory. On April 10, 1962 she was sold to Columbus Woods of Lewiston, Montana. Her civil registration was assigned as N92876. By August of 1963, she was sold to Bellomy Aviation in Miami, Florida who refurbished her for the Fuerzas Aereas Venezolanas. She was delivered in December of 1963 to Fuerzas Aereas Venezolanas. Her initial serial was listed at FAV 11A40. She was attached to the No 40 Squadron. Once in service with the FAV she was converted back to a glass nose and had the side gun packs added back on. She also received additional military hardware including armor plating but did not have her top turret installed. Her serial was later changed to FAV 0953. She was retired in the early 1970's and stored at Palo Negro Airbase, Maracay. She remained here for over 20 years in storage. When the Bolivian Air Force acquired three flying B-25s from the FAV in 1975, they were given access to the others for spare part use. A number of parts were consequently stripped from these B-25s. No further information is available on her time spent with the FAV.In July of 1992, she was sold to Aztec Aviation Consulting in Miami, Florida. They sold her in September of 1992 to Steve Detch of Atlanta, Georgia. He almost immediately sold her to Tricon Aero Corp. of Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Her current civil registration was assigned as N62163. She was restored by Tom Reilly with her first flight in August of 1995. She is now owned by Tom Reilly and based out of Titusville, Florida. ( Source www.b-25history.org)

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09/13/2017

Maj. Gen. Marcelite Harris, USAF, Ret. Joins AWW

Maj. Gen. Marcelite Harris, USAF, Ret. has now been added to our program for Movie Night at Atlanta Warbird Weekend. Maj. Gen. Harris was the 1st African-American female general in the USAF. Don't miss a fun and educational night for the whole family! Movie on the Ramp, Friday, October 6, Gates Open @ 1800, Panel & Autograph Session @ 1830, "In Their Own Words" Documentary @ 2000. $5 Donation to Enter, Snacks and Drinks Available for Purchase. More Info: atlantawarbirdweekend.com/movie.htm

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08/22/2017

Hotel Online Booking Now Available



The official hotel of the 2017 Atlanta Warbird Weekend is the Atlanta Marriott Century Center/Emory Area located at 2000 Century Boulevard NE Atlanta GA 30345

Last Day of Booking for the Negotiated Group Rate: Thursday, September 21, 2017

To book online click HERE >


For reservations via phone; Please call Marriott reservations at 1 (866) 355-1289 on or before Thursday, September 21, 2017 (the “Cutoff Date”) to make the room reservations. Please identify yourself as a part of the Atlanta Warbird Weekend room block.

Sleeping Rooms

Arrival Date: 10/04/2017
Departure Date: 10/09/2017
Room Rate: $99.00 plus applicable taxes
Reservation Method: Individual Reservations
Billing Method: Individual to Pay Room, Tax and Incidental Charges

No Special Concession is included in the group rate

Last Day of Booking for the Negotiated Group Rate: Thursday, September 21, 2017

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07/17/2017

2017 Atlanta Warbird Weekend to Salute Tuskegee Airmen

The amazing accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II and beyond will be celebrated as the theme of the third annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend Oct. 7-8, 2017, at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, Chamblee, Ga. Hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing, the weekend will feature the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile movie 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, Mich. 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 marketing@dixiewing.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 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 Atlanta Warbird Weekend dinner Saturday night will feature the Tuskegee Airmen at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant. Tickets are available by clicking HERE.

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08/09/2017

Exciting opportunity to learn about the Tuskegee Airmen coming to Atlanta

Before the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit opens to the public during Atlanta Warbird Weekend October 7-8, reserved showings of the original film “Rise Above” in this mobile movie theater will be available for school and community groups Wednesday, October 4 through Friday, October 6 at the DeKalb–Peachtree Airport. Come learn about the Tuskegee Airmen, our country’s first black military pilots, in this exciting panoramic movie theater that inspires people of all ages with the remarkable story of these iconic aviators of World War II.

School and community groups are invited to schedule private showings by contacting Mo Aguiari at marketing@dixiewing.org or (404) 202-9348. Half hour time slots will be reserved between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. but are expected to fill quickly. Don’t miss this enriching opportunity for your students to not only learn about an important and often overlooked piece of American history, but to be inspired to rise above and find success.

Students that attend a reserved showing in the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit will receive a free CAF Red Tail Squadron inspirational dog tag featuring their Six Guiding Principles of the Tuskegee Airmen – Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit, Expect to Win.

Teachers and youth leaders are encouraged to download the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s free RISE ABOVE Resource Kit available on their website to prepare students to visit the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit. The Squadron also offers many other resources for educators, including an essay contest to engage students with the Six Guiding Principles of the Tuskegee Airmen.  

The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit is a FREE panoramic movie theater experience that inspires and educates all ages with the remarkable history of the Tuskegee Airmen. This immersive experience is housed in an air-conditioned 53’ semi trailer with expandable sides and equipped with a ramp and hydraulic lift to ensure access to all. Because of its dynamic 160-degree panoramic screen, the film creates the feeling of being in the cockpit soaring above the clouds in a P-51C Mustang, the iconic signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Hosted by the CAF Dixie Wing, Atlanta Warbird Weekend is celebration of the men, women and machines of the Greatest Generation. In metro Atlanta, there are significant historical resources and the event is the catalyst to bring together the organizations, aircraft and people that keep this history alive. The event will take place 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 at the DeKalb–Peachtree Airport. Admission is FREE!

Visit www.redtail.org for access to more photos and materials especially for the media.

 

 

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