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WW-II Heritage Days  
April 14, 2012

Hosted by the Dixie Wing - Commemorative Air Force: Peachtree City, Supported by RG # 24
RG#24 Participants
Betty Grable
The Ritz Hotel
A Proud Soldier & his gal
A6M2 Zero replica
DC-3 & Zero
Rita Hayworth & Judy Garland
Machine Guns are a lot of work
German Nurses
AT-6 Texan
Small German Military Vehicle
PT-17 Stearman
Rita Hayworth & Judy Garland
RG #24 Participants
A Proud Soldier & his gal
DC-3 & Zero
The Ritz Hotel
A6M2 Zero replica
German Nurses
Betty Grable
AT-6 Texan
Small German Military Vehicle
PT-17 Stearman
Machine Guns are a lot of work
Tour & Display           From March 2012 Running Board
Saturday April 14, 2012
WW II Heritage Days with the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force
Meet and Drive to Peachtree City Airfield
● 9am-4pm: display your Ford, enjoy battle reenactments and mock dog fights, ride in a warbird
● 6pm-11: sit down dinner and dance with 21 piece swing dance band
Cost: Register to display your old Ford and entrance to the day time event is
free, plus get a reduced rate ($20/person) for dinner and dance !
Contact: Wayne Deitrich at (404) 427-8686 or

WW II Heritage Days      From Apr 2012 Running Board
By Wayne Deitrich
Saturday, April 14, 2012 was a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the mid-70’s at Falcon Field in Peachtree City. A perfect day for early V-8 Fords, vintage aircraft, re-enactments and delightful USO visit to the troops from FDR, Bob Hope, Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland and the Andrews Sisters.

The V-8ers were represented by Jack Henry & guest - 1940 Stubaker Commander Fordor Sedan; Ray & Barbara Allen - 1939 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe; Clarence & Betty Haven - 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe; Ken & Jean Wells - 1936 Club Cabriolet; Bob & Mary Ann Padovano - 1951 Ford Tudor; Jerry & Cheryl Reichel - 1951 Ford Custom Fordor; Bert Steele & Lamar Hart - 1952 Ford Crestline Victoria; Frank Sessions - Modern Iron; and Wayne & Suzanne Deitrich - 1940 Deluxe Convertible.

The aircraft on display included Douglas Dauntless SBD-5 Divebomber (1 of 2 flying), Vought F4U Corsair, Bell P-63 Kingcobra, AT-6 Advanced Trainer, Mitsubishi A6M Zero, Nakajima B5N Torpedo Bomber, Douglas DC 3 Transport and a MiG 17.

The day was completed with a tasty BBQ chicken and pork dinner with home made desserts and dancing to the swing music of the Peachtree Jazz Addition, a marvelous 18 piece jazz and swing band.

Many thanks to the Dixie Wing, Commemorative Air Force for inviting us and our V-8 Fords to be part of this great annual celebration.
September 2010 Tour  Briscoe Field  (from Aug 2010 Running Board)
September 18, 2010
Fred Lindquist
Mark your calendar for Saturday September 18 for a very interesting tour. There will be a Ford Tri-Motor airplane at Briscoe Field in Gwinnett County that day. The sponsors want also to have Ford automobiles there for display and Fords and Mercurys from our club (1932-1953) are what they are looking for to display. The airplane will be taking people up for rides that will last about 20 to 25 minutes. The charge for a ride will be $60.00/person. For $100.00/person you can ride in the co-pilot’s seat. This plane was Eastern Airlines Airship #1 and has been fully restored. Riding in this plane is a once in a lifetime experience, so if you are interested in older aircraft this is an opportunity that doesn’t come around often.

The sponsors will set aside as much space on the tarmac as our club needs to display our cars. We will also be able to set up our tent on the tarmac. The tri-motor will be taking passengers up from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. They would like us to have our cars on the tarmac most of the time the plane is flying because they believe the cars will be an additional draw to bring people out. You will have an opportunity to show off your flathead in a unique location.

Food will be available in the display area where the Air Patrol will be cooking hamburgers. There is also a restaurant in a hanger for those who may not want to eat alfresco.
Additionally, there will be a dinner on Saturday night at 7:00 P.M. in one of the hangers. The charge for the dinner is $20.00/person. There will also be musical entertainment at the dinner. There is a maximum of 120 tickets available for the dinner and they must be reserved. The funds raised at the dinner go towards funding the Civil Air Patrol program at Briscoe Field. If you are interested in attending the dinner, send a check to the Treasurer, Bert Steele, noting what the check is for. We want to get our places at the dinner early, so consider sending a check now. Remember, twenty members and their spouses are forty people and that is 1/3 of the dinner spaces available. Dinner is informal so being at the field all that day is no prohibition to getting into the dinner.

The Ford Tri-Motor will be at Briscoe Field from Thursday September 16 through Monday September 20. They will be taking people up for rides on those days also. Saturday though is the special day with the early Fords.

FORD TRI-MOTOR INFORMATION: Ford Motor Company acquired the Stout Metal Airplane Company in August 1925 and that became a division of Ford. The Ford 4-AT was first flown on June 11, 1926. It had a metal airframe covered with corrugated metal. There were three 200 hp Wright J-4 Whirlwind radial engines, one mounted on the nose of the plane and the other two mounted in braced nacelles, one beneath each wing. There was a crew of two and seating for eight in an enclosed cabin. This configuration remained unchanged until production ceased in 1933. Production was 199 4-AT’s and 117 5-AT’s, a later version.  These planes had a long life, some flying freight in South America into the 1990’s. Scenic Airways in Arizona has one flying this year over the Grand Canyon primarily for promotional purposes.
From Feb 2008 Running Board     Epps Air Facility Report  Jan 9, 2008
By Fred Lindquist
On a cool, overcast, moisture laden weekday morning, a number of regional group members assembled for the club’s monthly tour. Promptly, at 9:31 A.M. the group turned unto Clairmont Rd. during a break in the traffic and drove directly to the Epps Air Facility at Peachtree Dekalb Airport (PDK). There was parking reserved for the club. Pat Epps met the group and he entertained them with many stories about flying episodes in his career. Pat led the group through the offices and several hangers with many opportunities to see aircraft under repair along with touring the interior of some. One noteworthy aircraft was a replica of his father’s 1907 plane, not much more than a large kite with an engine and propeller.
The group was then led to a conference room where Pat and Richard Taylor gave a slide presentation of their thirteen year effort to remove a WWII P-38 fighter from under 250’ of ice on Greenland. This was a terrific story and their reciting of the various incidents kept the group in stitches. This performance was a throwback to a vaudeville routine and the group delighted in it. The tour of the facilities and the presentation took about 2 ½ hours.
The group then retired to the Downwind Restaurant next to the Epps facility for lunch where Pat Epps and Richard Taylor joined the group. The hamburgers were outstanding and the company and conversation could not be beat. At the conclusion, Pat invited the club to come back in June for the annual open house that he hosts there. Everyone headed home with a smile as this was a memorable tour. There were 28 participants in the tour and Jay Friedman was the only member brave enough to drive his 1932 phaeton in the weather.
Doug & Elizabeth Hollandsworth Jerry & Cheryl Reichel
Doug & Cindy Smith guest Tracy Reichel
Bert & Loraine Steele Bob Butler
Janice & Burns Cox Larry Tanner
Joe & Jean Smith Ken Wells
David & Becci Jumper Jay Friedman
guest Opal Fernadez Jimmy Dorsey
Bob & Mary Ann Padovano Lamar Hart
Fred & Katie Lindquist Joe Huggins
guest Bill Morrison
From Burns Cox's scrapbook  #9: 00007-8-9   1999?
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