Squadron is hosting plane viewing, rides, big band dance
The Commemorative Air Force, Spirit of Tulsa Squadron, is hosting a fundraiser Nov. 10 at Tulsa Tech that will help them support their work to remember the veterans of World War II. For 13 years now, this organization has been working to restore World War II aircraft such as their first aircraft, the PT-19.
"It was in a fellow's barn in pieces," Jim Mills, the squadron's media representative, said. "We have done a complete restoration of every part of it. It is better than new."
To support the continued restoration of this plane and other World War II planes, the organization hosts a fundraiser each year. The day begins with a chance to look over several World War II planes and participate in a silent auction. World War II veterans will be taken to the sky as time permits in these planes that they may have once flown for a living.
Mills said the veterans are thrilled with being able to fly in these planes one more time.
"I had a guy that went up recently and the PT-19 was the first plane he flew when he was in the Army Air Force," he said. "The pilot actually let him fly it again for a little bit. He was just thrilled to have that experience."
This squadron of the Commemorative Air Force is able to offer these flights free to veterans through donations that they have received. They also are able to take adventurous members of the general public on a flight during the fundraiser or schedule a time that is convenient to both parties. There is an $85 charge for these flights to cover the fees and fuel to be able to take visitors on flights.
Everyone is invited to come out and watch the planes flying at no admission price, but those who would like to schedule a flight should call 918-794-4182.
At 5 p.m. an added element of liveliness will fill the organization's hangar at Tulsa Tech as they prepare for their Big Band Hangar Dance. The 1940s-theme dance will serve as a gathering place for veterans of any war, those who would like to support the veterans of the organization or visitors who would just like to get in a couple hours of swing dancing.