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USS Midway Legacy Week - Volunteers Needed!!
May
24
to May 26

USS Midway Legacy Week - Volunteers Needed!!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Join Air Group One in supporting our partners at the USS Midway on Saturday May 24 - 26.

Air Group One's SNJ-5 Sassy will perform at flyover at the Wreath Ceremony!

The USS Midway Museum is the heart and soul of Memorial Day celebration in San Diego. Understandably the busiest weekend of the year, the Memorial Day lineup of activities aboard the Midway honors and remembers our heroes as it celebrates our military heritage.  Weekend activities and events offer the community an affordable and inspiring way to kick off summer in San Diego.


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Portraits of Tuskegee Airmen
Feb
24
11:00 AM11:00

Portraits of Tuskegee Airmen

Air Group One BBQ & General Member Meeting

 

Special guest Speakers...

Tuskegee Airmen

Bob Friend & Nelson Robinson

 
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The history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen is inspirational to people of all ages. Their life lessons can impart a special meaning for people from all walks of life. From a child in awe of a red-tailed airplane, to the elderly veteran full of gratitude for their fellow war heroes, there is something in each of their stories that can inspire us all to live better, fuller and braver lives.

One such hero is Robert Friend, one of the oldest living original Tuskegee Airmen pilots.  Born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1920, Friend was interested in aviation from a young age. He read stories of World War I pilots in old magazines and made his own makeshift airplanes for imaginative play. Friend had wanted to enlist in the Army to fly for our country, but was turned away. Even though the country was making preparations for war, black Americans could not join the Armed Forces to serve as pilots.

 
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Another such here is Nelson Robinson. At 17 years of age, and serving as a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol, Nelson voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) at Smokey Hill AAB, Salina Kansas, in February 28, 1946. He began Basic Training at Shepherd AAB, Texas and finished at Scott Field, Illinois. He then completed aircraft mechanics school at Keelser Field, Mississippi and P-47 fighter aircraft specialist school at Chanute Field, Illinois. He was then assigned to Lockbourne Army Air Base, Columbus, OH; an all-black military base which was commanded then by Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. At Lockbourne, Nelson was assigned as a P-47N (Jug) fighter aircraft, flight line “Crew Chief,” in the famous all-black 99th Fighter Squadron of the 477th Composite Group & the 332nd Fighter Group known formally as the “Tuskegee Airmen,” which Nelson proudly was.

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CODE TALKERS: THE NAVAJO WEAPON
Jan
27
11:00 AM11:00

CODE TALKERS: THE NAVAJO WEAPON

Air Group One BBQ & General Member Meeting

 

Special guest Speaker...

CODE TALKERS: THE NAVAJO WEAPON

In honor of Navajo Code Talker Sam Tsosie Sr, his son, Michael Tsosie, will do a presentation on the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII.

 
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Growing up, young Navajo were told not to speak their language.  But as young Marines in a country at war, men like Samuel Tsosie Sr., Chester Nez and Carl Gorman found their words were their mightiest weapons.

Many scholars credit Philip Johnston with initiating the Code Talker idea. Johnston was a Caucasian who grew up in Leupp, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation.  He approached the Marine Corps in 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor and proposed using Native American Navajo language for combat communications.

His knowledge of the Navajo culture led him to bring four Navajo volunteers to Camp Elliott in San Diego, California (an area that is now part of MCAS-Miramar) for a demonstration. Impressed with successful and efficient English and Navajo translations, the Marine Corps began recruiting Navajos. The first group of twenty-nine recruits entered boot camp, took courses in military communication procedures and developed the code. Approximately 400 Navajo recruited by the Marines learned the code.

The code required proficiency in both English and Navajo. Each letter of the alphabet and common names and words corresponded to English and Navajo code words. Frequently used letters received alternate code words, requiring Code Talkers to memorize hundreds of terms in both languages.

Navajo Code Talkers located on both ends of the radio spoke their own language while using coded phrases not used in their language. For example, the Navajo word for buzzard, jeeshóóʼ, was used for bomber, while the code word used for submarine, béésh łóóʼ, meant iron fish in Navajo.

The Marine Corps deployed the Code Talkers to the Pacific, where the code proved effective and indecipherable. In addition to relaying communications, Marines in the Code Talker program performed other valuable military duties in battles such as Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Working around the clock during the first two days of Iwo Jima, six Navajo Code Talkers sent and received over 800 messages, all without error. According to Major Howard Connor, 5th Marine Division Signal Officer, “Were it not for the Navajos, the Marines would never have taken Iwo Jima”.

The Navajo code is the only spoken military code that was never deciphered.  The code remained classified until 1968.

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Air Group One, CAF thanks the Mike Tsosie Family for sharing their knowledge of the Navajo Code Talkers story.

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Air Group One Commemorative Golf Tournament
May
19
12:00 PM12:00

Air Group One Commemorative Golf Tournament

Air Group One Commemorative Golf Tournament

COMMEMORATE • EDUCATE • MOTIVATE

Held at the beautiful Maderas Golf Club in sunny San Diego, this fundraising tournament supports Air Group One's Mission of Education and Commemoration.


Tournament Contact

Jennifer

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ABOUT MADERAS GOLF CLUB

Welcome to Maderas Golf Club in San Diego, a Johnny Miller masterpiece. Rated the top ranked Golf Course in San Diego County seven consecutive years by the Zagat Survey, Maderas Golf Club offers beauty and challenge as it winds through the cliffs, rock outcroppings, creeks, and forests of the inland hill country of north San Diego.

Golf in San Diego has never been better, step onto the first tee and enjoy the courses three lakes, five waterfalls, and over forty acres of native wildflowers. Maderas Golf Club is the number one golf course in San Diego for a reason, experience it for yourself.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor | Commemorative Flyover at 1pm
Dec
10
10:00 AM10:00

Remembering Pearl Harbor | Commemorative Flyover at 1pm

Remembering Pearl Harbor

 

Air Group One's SNJ-5 "Sassy" will perform a Commemorative flyover of Fort Rosecrans in Honor of the Past and to Inspire the Future

 

Overview of the event:

We are celebrating the National Park Service centennial all throughout 2016 and the culminating event for this historic milestone at Cabrillo National Monument will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States entrance into World War II. The theme is life of the home front, honoring the past and inspiring the future. We aim to share with the public how the war affected the daily lives of people living in the United States.

As we look forward to the next 100 years of stewardship, how will we interpret the stories and events of the 21st century in our parks? We invite you to join us for this important event.

The event will feature:

  • Tours of the restored military history bunker Battery Command E by reenactors dressed in period correct attire.
  • A flyover by a WWII era plane, a 1943 SNJ-5, "Sassy.” THE AIRPLANE THAT TRAINED MANY OF OUR AMERICAN AND ALLIED WWII PILOTS!
  • Lady Liberty Car Show, featuring cars from 1940’s and earlier. Vote for the people’s choice award and get your photo taken with classy ladies dressed in the finest 1940’s period dresses.
  • An interpretative exhibit displaying the Medal of Honor awarded to William Cronan in 1906 for his heroic actions during the explosion of the gunboat USS Bennington in 1906. William Cronan went on to serve as a Lieutenant Commander in Hawaii during WWII.
  • Guided Ranger walks to the searchlight bunker and generator room.
  • Presentations by men and women who lived on the home front in San Diego during the war.
  • Ranger programs about what life was like in the United States during the war.
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Look up in the sky! It's a bird....It's a plane! It's Air Group One at the Holiday Bowl
Dec
27
4:30 PM16:30

Look up in the sky! It's a bird....It's a plane! It's Air Group One at the Holiday Bowl

Look to the skies! 

Saturday Dec 27th at 4:59 pst as Air Group One performs a Commemorative Flyover at Qualcomm Stadium for the National Anthem at the 2014 Holiday Bowl!

See Sassy roar overhead as the National Anthem concludes.

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Air Group One joins the USS Midway in a special Veterans Day Commemoration
Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Air Group One joins the USS Midway in a special Veterans Day Commemoration

Air Group One's SNJ-5 "Sassy" will do a flyover at 1:50pm local of the USS Midway in commemoration of Veterans Day Tuesday, November 11th 2014

Schedule of Events

10am-3pm - San Diego Blood Bank Blood Drive. Free museum admission with donation

11am - Veterans Day Parade along Harbor Drive

1pm-4pm  NBC San Diego Salute to Service Festival

1:50pm Air Group One Commemorative Flyover

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Visit the Air Group One Booth!

Free food and live entertainment

KidzZone and activities

Prizes and giveaways

Vintage war plane flybys and more!

The festival is open to the public with regular museum admission and Free for Veterans and active military members and their families. Just bring your military ID! (Maximum of 4 admissions per Military ID).

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Spiritfest 2014
Aug
14
11:00 AM11:00

Spiritfest 2014

Relive the excitement of New York's Times Square on August 14, 1945 as we celebrate the Anniversary of our Greatest Generation's Greatest Day!

AUGUST 14, 2014 | 11 A.M. TO 3 P.M.


DOWNTOWN AT THE KISS STATUE IN TUNA HARBOR PARK

Meet WWII Heroes!

Singing by the amazing Swingin' Blue Stars Dance with the San Diego Swing Cats Free dance lessons by Swing Dancing in San Diego Pose with WWII re-enactors and Pinups for Patriots Share the joy of WWII couple vow renewals Dress in '40s attire and join the fashion contest "It started with a kiss" kissing contest Join us for unfurling of the Star Spangled Banner 

This year's wreath laying ceremony honors Jerry Coleman, World War II hero, legendary MLB star, former voice of the Padres, and Spokesman for Spirit of '45.

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"AIR RAID Point Loma" Pearl Harbor Commemoration by Air Group One
Dec
7
to Dec 8

"AIR RAID Point Loma" Pearl Harbor Commemoration by Air Group One

AIR RAID POINT LOMA 2013

In 2011, Air Group One of the Commemorative Air Force began it’s 44 month program of honoring the 70th Anniversary of World War II with fly over’s of the “AIR RAID – Pearl Harbor, Fort Rosecrans Goes to War” event December 3 & 4th at the Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, CA. Air Group One participated with an information booth, historians and members plus providing our beautifully restored SNJ-5 “Sassy” flyovers to provide additional authenticity for this unique and timely San Diego event.

Air Group One continues this tradition in 2013 with its Remembrance of Pearl Harbor with fly overs by our beautifully restored SNJ-5 “Sassy” which will provide additional authenticity for this unique and timely San Diego event. 

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Eileen Simpson Celebration of Life
Nov
23
1:00 PM13:00

Eileen Simpson Celebration of Life

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Eileen Simpson

Wings Over Gillespie Airshow

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Eileen Simpson Celebration of Life

 

The Eileen Simpson Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino Convention Center, 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, CA 92040. It will be in the Stardom room of the Convention Center next to the parking garage.

All are invited so come help our family celebrate her life.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. 

Kirt Simpson 619-749-3112 or 619-322-9454 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Air Group One of the Commemorative Air Force.

Donations in Memorial of Eileen may be made here.

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Air Group One Honors Veterans on the USS Midway
Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

Air Group One Honors Veterans on the USS Midway

Air Group One honors Veterans on the USS Midway Museum

Air Group One will join the USS Midway in honoring our Veterans this Monday, November 11th.

Experience a Flyby with Air Group Ones' very own SNJ-5 "Sassy". 

Free food and live entertainment • Meet-and-greet with Olympic athletes and Trevor Davis, San Diegan who appeared on NBC's hit show "The Voice!" • KidzZone and activities • Grand prize drawings for vacations to Hawaii, Mexico and Florida! • Vintage war plane flybys and more!

The festival is open to the public with regular museum admission and FREE for Veterans and active military members and their families*. Just bring your military ID!

*Maximum of 4 admissions per military ID. 

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Honoring Carl Todd WWII Veteran
Oct
20
2:30 PM14:30

Honoring Carl Todd WWII Veteran

Carl R. Todd

VPB 216, Crew 4, United States Navy,

Combat Action Ribbon Recipient, age 19.

Please join Air Group One and Honor Flight in honoring WWII Veteran Carl Todd for his service. 

Mr. Todd was selected by Honor Flight for their "Tour of Washington" including stops at all the major war memorials in Washington D.C.  

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.

 

Patrol Boat Martin (PBM) Mariner Seaplane

by the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company,

United States Navy, World War II.

Photo taken at the Marianas Islands during the Pacific Theater/Campaign July 1944.

The PBM Mariner was the successor to the PBY Catalina during WWII.

"Back in the day young Carl Todd joined the U. S. Navy and became a crewmember on the Martin PBM, a long-range flying boat designed for patrolling oceans for the menacing enemy submarines, and for rescues at sea. He and his family have often enjoyed the AG-1/Airport Café "FlyDays". He was proud to have his picture taken while meeting Mr. Jim Slattery at the bow of Mr. Slattery's PBY Catalina (also a flying boat) at FlyDays. Though in a wheel chair now, Carl still has that old WWII aviation spirit. He was blown away when at FlyDays we introduced him as a celebrity and the thankful crowd gave him a standing ovation. It got a bit teary as I recall. Later in the evening I had the honor and pleasure to sit with Carl as he slowly paged through his thick 3-ring binder collection of his Navy history. He had a story for every picture, document, and citation. I was/am so proud of him!!!  GO CARL!!!

He will be among those veterans returning from Honor Flight at Lindberg Field Airport on Sunday Oct. 20, 2013.  See you there!!!    John Telles, Executive Officer, AG-1"

Mr. Todd will be departing BWI aboard a US Airways Charter for landing in San Diego at 2:45pm.

Family and Friends are invited to welcome back the veterans when they return to San Diego at Lindbergh Airport. There is a welcome home "ticker tape" parade as if they are just returning from the war. This includes a military band. Everyone has said this welcome home celebration is so emotional and may be broadcast on the news.

Air Group One, Family, and Friends may meet Mr. Todd at Terminal 2, Baggage Claim 1, 2, or 3.

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Cabrillo Monument Trip - A Member Event
Sep
28
10:30 AM10:30

Cabrillo Monument Trip - A Member Event

Following the Air Group One general meeting we are going to do something a little different: a field trip to the Cabrillo Monument! There is lots to do there both military and non-military:

  • Military Bunker with reenactors dressed in period clothingMilitary Museum--really good and only takes a few minutes to tour20-minute movies in Visitor Center on whales, Cabrillo and tide pool life--very good!Cabrillo Centennial--art show in Visitor's Center Short hike to lighthouseTide Pools--low tide is at 11:54 am (we may need to park down by water earlier...  lot can fill up quickly)Spectacular views of San Diego--great backdrop for group photosGreat places for a group picnic--bring our own or shareEvent time: 10:30 am - 1:30 pm or so

Bring your camera, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, water and snacks. And a jacket if you tend to get chilly as sometimes the wind up there drops the temperature dramatically.The Fort Rosecrans Cemetery is breathtaking for several reasons and everyone should walk down an aisle and express their gratitude. Cabrillo website: http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm We can carpool from hangar or closer to Cabrillo if we want. The entrance fee is $5 per car. 

Further details at the meeting. See you there!

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