Nov. 9 event evokes WWII memories
The Commemorative Air Force’s Spirit of Tulsa Squadron will host PT-19 honor flights and its 12th Annual Big Band Hangar Dance November 9 at the Tulsa Tech Campus of Jones-Riverside Airport.
The event features a fully restored Fairchild PT-19 used for training pilots in World War II and a hangar dance with swing dance music of a big band.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the squadron’s pilots will fly rides in an open-cockpit World War II primary training aircraft. World War II Veterans will again be special guests for rides in honor of their military service.
Call 918-794-4182 to schedule a ride for a veteran or for the public. Individual rides are $85.
Other exhibitors will be on hand with World War II memorabilia, vintage and military vehicles, model aircraft and more. A silent auction will be open for early bidding, including a “buy it now” feature, and the PX will offer a variety of aviation-themed items. Daytime admission is free for all ages.
From 5-6 p.m., a buffet dinner prepared by The Catering Connection will be served to patrons who purchase advance dinner tickets. Free swing dance lessons are offered for everyone from 6-7 p.m. courtesy of TOSS – The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate. Following the JROTC color guard and salute to veterans, the 18-piece “Sounds of Music” orchestra will take the stage and fill the hangar with 1940s music for non-stop dancing from 7-10 p.m. Vintage aircraft and vehicles in the hangar will be backdrops for photographs.
Tickets for the dance and optional buffet may be purchased online at www.caftulsa.org or by calling 918-794-4182. Table reservations for ten are available as well as general admission tickets. Dress is casual, military or vintage attire.
Tulsa Tech’s Riverside Campus is adjacent to the R.L. Jones/Riverside airport at 801 E. 91st Street, just west of downtown Jenks. Tulsa Tech is handicap accessible and a family-friendly, alcohol and tobacco-free facility.
The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization whose mission is to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States and selected aircraft of other nations for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans. Membership is open to anyone, including youth age 13 or older as cadets.
For more information, go to www.caftulsa.org.