Warbirds


North American P-51D Mustang Red Nose

P-51D North American Mustang “Red Nose” – the plane that started the Commemorative Air Force and has been assigned to the Dixie Wing since 2002. The North American P-51 Mustang is a long range fighter plane that is a veteran of WWII, Korea and other conflicts. In late 1943, P-51’s started to escort the long range bombers over Nazi Germany to fend off the feared Luftwaffe and helped paved the way to Allied Air Superiority over the European Theatre. Known as the “Little Friends” to the bomber crews, the P-51’s along with P-47’s and P-38’s greatly reduced the bomber losses. Our P-51D is a two seat version and is available for rides – click here to reserve your flight.

SATURDAY, April 22nd

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SUNDAY, April 23rd

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SBD Dauntless

The Northrop Corporation first developed the SBD before World War II. It was first flown in July 1935, but considered obsolete by December 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Douglas Aircraft purchased the SBD contract and the SBD-1 was first delivered in late 1940. Over 5,000 aircraft were built and production of the carrier-based scout, dive and torpedo bomber ceased in July 1944.Though considered obsolete on that "Day of Infamy" in the skies over Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, the SBD was the first American combat aircraft to shoot down a Japanese Zero fighter. It may have been slow, but it was deadly, as that Japanese pilot found out that day.

SATURDAY, April 22nd

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SUNDAY, April 23rd

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LT-6 Mosquito

This aircraft was generously donated by two of the Dixie Wing Members, Cols Morris Ray and David Peeler. Originally an SNJ-4, a 6-year restoration has been completed as an LT-6D which was used in Korea as a forward air controller and called a Mosquito. Thanks to our dedicated restoration crew, this aircraft is again in excellent flying condition. It began appearing on the 2008 airshow circuit.

SATURDAY, April 22nd

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SUNDAY, April 23rd

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PT-19 Cornell

The Dixie Wing is the proud owner of a PT-19 Cornell, which was used during the period of WWII as a primary trainer with both the USAAF and the RCAF. The silver paint scheme of the U.S. Army Training Command is the correct color for the American usage of the PT-19. The Canadian Cornells were painted yellow. Blue and yellow colors were discontinued before all but a very few PT-26s were put into service.

SATURDAY, April 22nd

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SUNDAY, April 23rd

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B-25 Mitchell

The B-25B first gained fame as the bomber used in the 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid, in which 16 B-25Bs led by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle attacked mainland Japan, four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The mission gave a much-needed lift in spirits to the Americans, and alarmed the Japanese, who had believed their home islands to be inviolable by enemy forces. Although the amount of actual damage done was relatively minor, it forced the Japanese to divert troops for home defense for the remainder of the war. The raiders took off from the carrier USS Hornet and successfully bombed Tokyo and four other Japanese cities without loss. Fifteen of the bombers subsequently crash-landed en route to recovery fields in eastern China.

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After you have purchased your ride in the B-25 Miss Mitchell, please contact the Coordinator Bill at 612-819-5740 or info@cafmn.org to schedule your ride. Hidden Field



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The WWII Heritage Days Silent Auction will be held Saturday, April 22nd.  The Silent Auction will have an exciting array of items to include warbird rides, military memorabilia, collectibles, autographed prints, original WWII pin-up artwork and one of a kind items. Support the CAF Dixie Wing by participating in this exclusive sunrise photo session! Only $49.00 for the exclusive access to the ramp at sunrise. Click HERE to sign up.


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