Saturday | April 22nd | 1pm


Air Group One and Chuck Hall Aviation proudly present the 1st in a series of Ground Schools aimed at putting the average pilot or warbird enthusiast in the front seat of a Warbird

**This class is for familiarization of the aircraft only and does not constitute an aircraft "checkout". No certificate or logbook sign-offs will be given.**


  • 2 hour ground school w/ P-51 pilot
    Jim McGarvie
  • Printed P-51D Flight Handbook
  • Lunch and Q&A session with Chuck Hall

Saturday April 22nd @ 1pm

Air Group One Hangar
1915 N. Marshall Avenue #13
El Cajon, CA  92020

Chuck Hall (call sign "Odin") retired as an international airline captain flying Boeing 747’s. Between his professional and private flying endeavors, he has over 30,000 hours of flight time to his credit. His professional career began as a 19-year-old airline pilot flying the North Pacific between Alaska and Japan. During his airline career he rose to Vice President of Operations for a major U.S. airline. Chuck was Chief Pilot on the L1011 program for the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, during which time he was elected to membership in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Chuck graduated first in his class as an Army Aviator and spent his military career flying helicopters. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska. During a span of almost 20 years he participated in the Reno Air Races as an unlimited class race pilot flying various P-51 Mustangs. Chuck won several races and was always a top contender.

Today, Chuck is very active in the civilian warbird community and is qualified in most of the former military fighter aircraft in civilian inventory. As a member of the Air Force Heritage Flight Demo Team, he participated regularly in air shows nation-wide with his P-51 Mustang "Six Shooter".

Chuck was inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation in January 2009.

Jim McGarvie was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from San Francisco State College in 1966 as the Vietnam War was heating up, and married Air Group One Adjutant Jan McGarvie. He joined the Navy and went to Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL.

After receiving his wings he reported to NAS (now MCAS) Miramar for training in the F-8 Crusader.

Following his second Vietnam cruise in F-8s he became an instrument instructor in TA-4s at Miramar before being released from active duty in 1971. He subsequently spent three years flying F-8's and the F-4 Phantom in the reserves.

McGarvie flew for Pacific Southwest Airlines and US Airways before opting for early retirement in 2000. He flew his first warbird in 1971—a Ryan PT-22—and in addition to his own Mooney is currently flying Air Group One’s SNJ-5 "Sassy", a P-51 Mustang and an F4U Corsair.

In 2008, Jim qualified as a Navy Legacy Flight pilot.

The P-51 Mustang "Six-Shooter" (44-22580), is owned and operated by Chuck Hall. It was rebuilt after World War II by the US military and was sent to the Bolivian Air Force as a counterinsurgency aircraft. The aircraft was returned to the United States, where Chuck Hall purchased the P-51 in 1995 and was part of the USAF Heritage Flight Team for 10 Years. It continues to be seen in air shows around the country.

Air Group One formed as the "San Diego Squadron" of the CAF in 1981. Two years later it was reformed as a CAF Wing and renamed "Air Group One." Its hangar is located at 1921 North Marshall, Hangar #13 on Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California.

Air Group One's hangar and WWII museum currently displays an SNJ-5 Texan "Sassy," an L-3, and our L-5 Sentinel "Betsy" is currently in restoration at our hangar.

Air Group One is a purely volunteer-driven organization. The members and volunteers dedicate their efforts to a variety of local projects, such as the maintenance and restoration of WWII aircraft, memorial flyovers at special events, contribution of museum displays to educate the public, and providing support and presence at Southern California air shows.

Air Group One presents monthly member and volunteer gatherings, youth educational events and symposiums as well as annual events, such as the highly-anticipated World War II air show, "AirShow San Diego" formerly Wings Over Gillespie.

Air Group One hosts a fundraising event at our hangar on the fourth Saturday of the month followed by a general meeting (open to all). We invite you to join us to share an interest in history, aviation and community outreach endeavors.

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Chuck Hall Aviation was founded in 1983 by Chuck and Evelyn Hall with hangar rentals and aviation fuel service. After 33 years of continued service to the aviation community, many of our tenants have been with us since the beginning and over the years we have made many wonderful new friends.

When you arrive at Chuck Hall Aviation, you will experience the warm and friendly atmosphere that makes Chuck Hall Aviation a place you will want to visit often. Our friendly staff, Paul, Eric, Gary, and Dwight are always there to help with all your aviation needs.

Stop by the office and say hello to the staff and get a cup of coffee or cold drink.

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