Air Group One BBQ & General Member Meeting
Special guest Speakers...
Bob Friend & Nelson Robinson
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.
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.
Air Group One and the Gillespie Field Cafe present
The 4th Annual
Join us as the Gillespie Field Cafe comes alive with sounds of Live Music, Good Food, Great People, Hot Rod Cars and WWII and Antique Airplanes!
Chuck Hall & "Six Shooter"
SNJ-5, T-34, A2D Skyshark & more!
Special Musical Guest
THEO & the ZYDECO PATROL
With the sound Straight from the backwoods zydeco dance clubs, backyard crawfish boil parties, and bayou festivals ,Theo and the Zydeco Patrol Brings the best of Southwest Louisiana dance music to the world music stages. Featuring the diatonic Cajun-style button accordion and playing blues on the steel drums. Theo and Zydeco Patrol cooks up a fiery mix of Cajun and Zydeco music that is hot hot hot.
Theo & the Zydeco Patrol is a Cajun blues band fronted by Theo Bellow, who grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, a mile from the famous Hamilton's Club mentioned in Paul Simon's Graceland album. Major tours include a 1995 west coast tour with Boo Zoo Chavis, and a U.S./Canadian tour with Buckwheat Zydeco in 1997.
Special Car Guests
Shelby Cobra Car Club, David Huber's Roush P-51 Mustang car, Model A's & other Mustangs
Join us for "Fightertown" San Diego, Great People, and WWII and Antique Airplanes.
2009 Legends of Aviation Inductee Chuck "Odin" Hall and his beautiful P-51D "Six Shooter"!
David Huber and his Roush P-51A Mustang car!
Warrior Foundation Car Show Committee
Featuring Classic & Show Mustangs
Special Musical Guests will be
Chet & the Committee
San Diego's favorite Swingin' Good Time Blues an Rockin' Boogie Band. Ten years live experience, three CDs and four SDMA Nominations here now, All Pro Gear and we are ready to Party with you tonight. . . baby!
North American P-51D Mustang "Six Shooter"
The P51 Mustang, Six Shooter, is owned and operated by Chuck Hall and was part of the USAF Heritage Flight Team for 10 Years and continues to be seen in air shows around the country. Along with Six Shooter, Chuck Hall Aviation is home to many other warbirds — P51, AT-6, TBM Avenger, and T-33.
Roush P-51A Mustang
2008 Roush P-51A Mustang. This car is #62 out of 151 made. This is a tribute car to the WW2 Warplane P51 which also tributes the 357th fighter group with the red and yellow checkered nose and emblems. Super Charged 4.6 -510 H.P. /510 LB-It, All Forged components. Added air brushed painted graphic on Radiator cover of Bud Andersons "Old Crow" P51 War plane, Engine added chrome powder coated valve covers, and drab green colors and vertical doors.
For Inquiries, please call David (760)415-1052
Six Shooter Cockpit Introduction: Join our mailing list below.
$25 donation is required
$40 discount on B-17 Tickets for AG1 members. Including free membership with the liberty Foundation. Click HERE.