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Warbird showcase back after weather delay

Warbird showcase back after weather delay

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The Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has rescheduled its Warbird Showcase event at the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport to Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The event originally was scheduled for May, but was canceled due to weather conditions.

There is no parking or admission fee. Rides in some of the aircraft will be available for a fee.

“It is our mission to keep these rare and unique aircraft flying as a tribute to the thousands of men and women who built, serviced and flew them,” said Pete Ballard, Warbird Rides coordinator for the Capital Wing.

“For us in the 21st century, where we rely on computers for most everything, it is amazing to realize these warbirds were designed with pencil and paper using slide rules,” he said.

World War II-era warbirds scheduled to appear and provide flying rides include a TBM Avenger torpedo bomber, Fairchild UC-61 Forwarder and two Boeing PT-17 Stearmans. Advance ticketing for any warbird is available online at https://www.capitalwingwarbirdrides.org/.

Aircraft on static display will include the world’s only flying Fuji LM-1, a Piper Cub J-3 and a Cessna 162 or 172. The Capital Wing will have a B-26 turret 50-caliber machine gun turret on-site (children can climb inside it) as well as its “PX” (Post eXchange) trailer selling warbird-related items.

In addition, the Capital Wing will set up its one-of-a-kind “Wing Walk” on its General Motors TBM Avenger torpedo bomber. For a $2 per person donation to the non-profit Capital Wing, anyone can walk on the wing of the largest single-engine bomber of WWII, look in the cockpit, and take a photo with one of the most unique aircraft ever to fly with the U.S. Navy and Marines.

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will have a food truck on-site so the public can get lunch without having to leave the airport.

The Capital Wing is a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers. For more information, e-mail CapitalWingRides@gmail.com or see the Website at https://www.capitalwingwarbirdrides.org/.

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