The Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will host its Warbird Showcase Event at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg on October 16-17.
The Aile Capitale and the MRB have joined forces to offer the public a weekend of attractions for the whole family. Parking (use Pilot Way off Novak Drive on the south side of the airport) and attendance are free to the public. (Donations are appreciated to the nonprofit MRB Foundation and Capital Wing.) Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.
The Warbird rides will be available in a Stinson L-5 Sentinel, a WWII forward air controller aircraft, and a WWII Boeing PT-17 Stearman biplane, a trainer. These aerial adventures must be purchased in advance on the Capital Wing booking site https://www.capitalwingwarbirdrides.org and all unsold flights will be available for purchase on site on the day of the event.
“The Warbird rides are an opportunity for the public to sit in the same seats as our aircraft crew during WWII and feel the same power from the engines taking off that they did and feel the same smells they did, ”said Pete Ballard, Warbird Rides coordinator for the Capital Wing. “Providing these warbird towers is part of the CAF’s mission to honor the thousands of men and women who built, maintained and flew the WWII vintage aircraft that we continue to fly. ”
At the other end of the WWII warbird runway will be a Boeing C-17 Globemaster from the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based at Martinsburg Airport. It will be on static display and available for guided tours. The C-17 is one of the largest aircraft in the US Air Force, with a wingspan of 169 feet and an empty weight of 282,000 pounds. In comparison, the wingspan of the Capital Wing Stinson L-5 is 34 feet and weighs 1,550 pounds empty.
Between 21st century and WWII warbirds there will be a number of static aircraft from WWII and modern general aviation, including a 1940 Stinson 10, 2004 Sportsstar, and Cirrus sleek, as well as a WWII B-26 machine gun turret. . Children (or little adults) will have the opportunity to climb inside this rare 50 caliber twin bomber turret.
The Capital Wing PX will sell aviation-themed hats, shirts, pins and model aircraft on site. A food truck and portable toilets will be on site for the convenience of the public.
The Capital Wing is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization based in Culpeper, Va. With over 100 members, and is a unit of the Commemorative Air Force, with a mission to educate, inspire and honor to through experiences of flight and living history. The CAF is now ranked among the largest air forces in the world with a fleet of over 175 WWII aircraft.
CAF Capital Wing warbird rides sell out quickly, so interested people are recommended to buy early. For frequently asked questions regarding flight conditions, check-in times, cancellations and changes, contact [email protected] All aircraft are subject to pilot availability, maintenance, weather conditions and operational requirements.
The Capital Wing and the Commemorative Air Force are 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations and ticket purchases may be tax deductible.