World War II history comes to Statesboro, Georgia from October 30th through November 2nd when the Wings of Freedom Tour makes its first-ever visit to Statesboro...–Bulloch County Airport with the rare B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, and TF-51D Mustang. Come out and visit the aircraft and explore them on the ground, or take a once-in-a-lifetime flight experience on the bombers or take the controls with flight training on the TF-51! Details and pricing can be found at: http://www.collingsfoundation.org/event/statesboro-ga/
The Commemorative Air Force tells the story of a nation in crisis during World War II. Little did we know, 70 years later, that a Douglas C-47 would be rumbling... down the runway full of supplies for a nation in crisis.
One of the many cities to be hard hit by Hurricane Harvey is Beaumont, Texas. Currently, the city is under water and all electricity and water service is unworkable. They need help urgently. Some proud Texans in the city of Georgetown, Texas, located outside Austin, quickly went to work collecting much needed supplies at the local airport. A call went out for general aviation aircraft and pilots in the area to help take supplies down to Beaumont. The CAF's Highland Lakes Squadron answered that call.
Imagine the look in everyone’s eye when the shiny C-47 Bluebonnet Belle pulled up to the hangar to take a monster payload of supplies! The excitement was palpable as they loaded the large cargo airplane with diapers, food and water knowing a shipment of this size was going to move the needle. We paused for a quick picture with about 50 volunteers, many of them young students who skipped school with their parents to volunteer.
Once loaded, the Pratt and Whitney 1830s roared to life just as they did 70 years ago on similar missions transporting much needed supplies during the war.
During the 1.5 hour flight down to Beaumont the crew witnessed the devastation first hand. The entire city of Beaumont seemed to look underwater. Reports were that the city pumps had failed and they were not coming back anytime soon. With most of the interstate roads closed shipments of supplies were needed by air.
We landed at Beaumont and witnessed what will certainly be called the great Gulf Coast Airlift. Lines of C-130s at the terminal were staged with bus coaches to take people out of the area to surrounding shelters.
When the Texas National Guard showed up with their Deuce and a half truck, we knew we had brought supplies to the right place. A troop of soldiers descended on the C-47 unloading box after box directly onto the military truck. This was only the first load of supplies and so long as there is a need the CAF is planning to help.
The Commemorative Air Force members embodied the spirit and tenacity of the Greatest Generation, who in a time of need, stepped up to help a nation in crisis. If you are interested in supporting the Highland Lakes Squadron efforts, you can visit www.highlandlakessquadron.com.
We commend our CAF leaders in the area of the Texas Gulf Coast who did an incredible job securing the hangars and staying in communication with CAF Headquarters. While the CAF hangars fared well during the storm, we realize many CAF members did not. Many CAF members are still displaced and waiting to be able to return to their houses and see what damage has occurred. In the coming weeks, we will continue to reach out to those groups and members and see what can be done to help.
FLY IN & OPEN HOUSE
March 25, 2017 (Saturday)
GRASS STRIP FOUNDATION IS AN EDUCATIONAL & PRESERVATION FOUNDATION DEDICATED TO VINTAGE, EXPERIMENTAL & GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT AND THEIR PRESERVATION, EDUCATING THE UNINFORMED ABOUT THE JOYS, PRACTICALITIES, AND NECESSITIES OF AIRCRAFT IN OUR MODERN SOCIETY FOCUSING EDUCATION ON UPCOMING GENERATIONS OF THE POSSIBILITIES IN AVIATION CAREERS
Fly or drive in your Airplanes & Cars
Enjoy telling the rest of us how great they are.
Local artisans & craftsmen invited and are Welcome
No charge - RSVP if you are coming-.
HAMBURGERS AND DOGS
COME BY AND ENJOY SOME FINE MACHINES, ARTISTS, CRAFTSMEN, NEIGHBORS AND LEARN MORE ABOUT AVIATION,
THE EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION AND MUCH MORE
A mile of highway will take you mile…a mile of runway will take you anywhere.
For information call: Steve Berg 912-884-8666 firstname.lastname@example.org
580 Old Gress Island Road, Midway, GA 31320
Tax Deductible Donations are Encouraged
Berg Park Aerodrome 9GA2 – Unicom 123.00
Grassstrip.org is a non profit aviation orginization dedicated to preserving grall aifields through education and preservation This event is to familiarize all about it and trying to attain supports to fund the grass strip so it will be here forever.
Great blue skies yesterday and a flight with George in his 172 out over Barbour Ilsand and located Eagle Neck for his edification to local available airports. Spotted possible evergench landing areas of superior characteristics. In other wourds, a great afternoon from Berg Park Aerodrome.
The grass is green and mowed just waiting for visitors. Plenty of camping room and nice facilities. fly on in for a visit of you way to or from Disney World, Lake land, or wherever.
Not a drop of RAIN fell on the Grass Strip during the 7th annual Fly In here at Berg Park Aerodrome. All around was rain so many did not venture forth but those who attended had a wonderful time on a cool and shaded day. We are still here and the Grass Strip is open, so VISIT MOST ANYTIME. It is preferable to call to assure I will be home to greet you. Still looking for donors to fund the endowment to assure thie strip will be here forever. Thanks all who visited.
Please watch and share this nice video from The Coastal Courier.
We were very happy to have the Tri-County RC Flyers put on an awesome display at the Grass Strip Foundation Fly-In Saturday. See some of their planes in this very short video. Gusty winds forced one plane to contact an oak tree. The plane continued to fly and almost landed before the wing broke free. The wing drifted undamaged to the ground. Unfortunately, the plane didn't.
Please enjoy and share this short video of some of the planes arriving Saturday morning for the Grass Strip Foundation's Fly-in at Berg Park Aerodrome in Midway, GA.