Air Group One is the San Diego Wing of the "Commemorative Air Force," a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Midland, Texas. The CAF is a volunteer organization with members from all walks of life, dedicated to preserving the history of the people and planes of World War II.
AirShow San Diego!
The sequester will have no effect on Air Group One's June 7 & 8, 2014 air show as it has on the Miramar Air Show and many others around the country. Next year's "AirShow San Diego" (formerly known as "Wings Over Gillespie") will feature a representative collection of aircraft and acts to support the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of "D-Day," the invasion of Normandy. Our show headliner will be the "D-Day Doll," a C-53 that actually flew three missions in the invasion.
Back by popular demand will be John Collver's War Dog T6/SNJ aerobatics and Silver Wings wing-walking. Many other historic aircraft will be flying and on ground display in addition to military re-enactors, paratroopers, and a mock battle with "Pyro." Flying and mock battle performance days will be weekend of June, 7 & 8. Gates open 9 am to 4 pm, at Gillespie Field in El Cajon.
Best Tour in San Diego - Fly in a vintage WWII airplane
Examiner.com reporter Carli Leavitt takes the ride of her life Air Group One's SNJ-5 "Sassy"
American history and breathtaking San Diego views with a side of adrenaline - That's what you get with the "Fly a Warbird" tour from Air Group One in San Diego. And, you can feel good about spending a little money on this awesome San Diego flight because all proceeds go to charity! I was lucky enough to experience flying in the beautiful SNJ-5 WWII Warbird named "Sassy" and it was something I'll never forget.
Facility Rental Info
Looking for a medium-sized room for an upcoming meeting? Or maybe you need several thousand feet of floor space with 38 foot ceilings for a dance?
The Air Group One hangar at Gillespie Field is available for your group. Our hangar has been used by groups for annual parties, weddings, celebrations of life, as well as band performances.
For more information, please call the hangar at (619) 259-5541 or click here.
USS Midway Members, Volunteers, & Employees
Receive a Special Warbird ride Discount.
Air Group One Keeps History Alive through Aircraft Restoration
Each spring the skies of San Diego fill with airplanes of days gone by with the help of Air Group One – San Diego’s local wing of the Commemorative Air Force. From antique Stearman biplanes of the 1930s to the powerful and majestic P-51 Mustang fighter plane of WWII, there is something for everyone to enjoy at “AirShow San Diego” at Gillespie Field in El Cajon. While many of the aircraft whizzing through the airfield visit from nearby squadrons and private collectors, there are a handful of these flying relics that Air Group One proudly collect, restore and maintain – and members and volunteers alike have been working tirelessly on their most highly anticipated project yet.
If you would like to be a part of the restoration or would like to donate to Air Group One’s L-5 restoration fund, contact Air Group One at (619) 259-5541 or donate to help get Betsy back in the air and see an important and hugely impactful piece of American History come back to life.
What is this rumor about a new AG1 hangar?
Why does Air Group One need a new hangar?
The Air Group One team is working on a new hangar project. We know that the time and opportunity is right for a move, to ensure a lasting position for Air Group One and to keep the public connected with San Diego's aviation heritage. At the moment, AG1 has three aircraft and a fourth on the way. We can barely fit two in our current hangar, and the current hangar is expensive and doesn't meet our mission objectives very well.
Please email email@example.com if you have any expertise or experience that could be helpful in this endeavor. We have started fundraising for the hangar deposit, taking pledges and promises for support and will be working toward a completed hangar by 2017. Think of this 'Flying Museum' as a partnership with Air Group One and the community. The hangar will be designed to be a Flying Museum and to support the community with a public viewing area, meeting rooms for organizations such as Boy and Girl Scouts, Civil Air Patrol and Sea Cadets as well as County Airport meetings and community events. A new hangar would potentially allow AirShow San Diego to be free of charge for veterans and their families. Donations will be returned to the donor if this hangar fails to materialize.