CAF P-51 “Red Tails” Mustang to visit Tallahassee

The Commemorative Air Forces P-51 “Red Tail” Mustang will be at Million Air in Tallahassee from 11-15 February. The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit will be there as well to educate visitors on the  history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel.

CAF Red Tail P-51

National Naval Aviation Museum Operations, as of 28 Jan 2020

From the National Naval Aviation Museum:

Access to NAS Pensacola, including the Museum and Lighthouse, remains available to Department of Defense ID cardholders and Veterans with a Veteran Health identification Card (VHIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs only. The Trusted Travelers Program is still in effect and DoD ID cardholders can escort guests onto the installation and to the Museum and Lighthouse.

The following operations are open to those who possess a DOD ID:

·         Giant Screen Theater open daily
·         Flight Deck Store open Monday – Friday 9:30 – 3:30
·         Cubi Bar and Cafe open daily 11:00 – 3:00

Due to limited base access, the Museum’s simulators are not operating at this time.

Thank you for your patience. Please continue to monitor the Museum’s website and social media pages as well as the NAS Pensacola page for updates.

Night run of the XP-82 Twin Mustang at the Valiant Air Command Museum

From the Valiant Air Command’s Facebook page.

We have heard your questions / requests with regards to when you will be able to experience the world’s only flying Xp-82 Twin Mustang Prototype Project (44-83887), whether it be running or outside on the ramp. Well, we can now say that we have a date when you will be able to see her outside in the day, at sunset, and at NIGHT!

Saturday, February 1st (Sunday February 2nd as a rain check) , we will be hosting our very first nighttime engine run, which will feature the XP-82 running both of her engines at night so our fans can see this wonderful restoration up close and personal. 𝐏𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐝. The restorer and owner will be present to answer any questions related to the aircraft.

Tickets will be required for this one time, exclusive event. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝘀 $𝟴𝟬 𝗮 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻, and will run from approximately 6pm until 9:30pm. (Timing may be adjusted the evening of the event.) Food and drink will 𝗡𝗢𝗧 be provided, so please plan accordingly. Alcohol is not allowed on the premises. Due to ramp space and safety requirements, the event is capped at 50 participants, and only open to persons who are **𝟭𝟴 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿**. RSVP will be required for the event. Please contact our event coordinator, Tracy at Tracy.Bohrmann@valiantaircommand.com with amount of people who will be attending.

𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗶𝗺𝗲𝗿 – Event is subject to aircraft serviceability and suitable weather conditions. The final call on this will be up to the aircraft owner. In the event of an event cancellation, a new date will be set or refunds will be offered. All profits from the event will go to support the Valiant Air Command 501c3 organization. The XP-82 will NOT be flying during this event.

𝗙𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗺𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁.

Rides not available during the Collings Foundation Florida tour

I previously wrote about the Collings Foundation and it Florida tour, that rides would be available. That has been discontinued for the time being.

“We have agreed to a temporary stand down with our LHFE flights (living history flight exemption) as we work with the FAA thoroughly addressing questions regarding operations,” said Hunter Chaney, director of marketing, Collings Foundation. “We hope to have this resolved soon and continue this extraordinary living history experience.”

More details here: https://www.airshowstuff.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1959&

Trip report: American Aero Services, 17 Jan 2020

My son and I headed up to New Symnra Beach to visit American Aero Sevices to watch the departure of the Collings Foundation’s B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” and TF-51 Mustang “Toulouise Nuts” for the Florida leg of the 2020 “Wings of Freedom” tour. Always a great treat to see these planes fly but the amount of work going on at American Aero was surprising and good to see.

Lets start off the departing aircraft, the B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” and TF-51 Mustang “Toulouise Nuts”. These aircraft just finished their winter maintenance and were heading to Deland, to start doing flights and ground tours. Flights are available across the state and dates can be found here.

      

Another aircraft getting maintenance, is the EAA’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast”.

A lot of fighter maintenance going on in the hangar, with American Airpower Museum’s FG-1D Corsair and the Collings Foundation’s TP-40 being worked on, along with the rebuild of the Collings Foundation’s P-51C, which is formerly known as “Betty Jane” being redone as P-51B “The Stars Look Down”.

      

   

Trying videos for the first time, so lets see how these walk-arounds come out.

 

Navy bombers were in attendance  on the ramp as well, including the Heritage Flight Foundation’s TBM-3E and Charles Lynch’s TBM 3U “She’s The Boss

Not sure who’s Fairchild Pt-19 this belongs to, but the wood work details are amazing.

The Collings Foundation’s B-25 “Tondelayo” was parked on the ramp along with a C-54 that homesteads at American Aero.

Lastly, this would look awesome in my office!

Great Day at American Aero Services!