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Warbird Ride Certificates - Great Gifts!

The TBM & L-5 are available for rides (below), but the BT-13 is still undergoing maintenance - we'll update when it returns to operation!

Give the gift of flight - a gift certificate to fly in one of our historic military aircraft - or buy one for yourself! Certificates do not expire, and can be redeemed at any time. The Capital Wing aircraft are conveniently based for the flight at the Culpeper Regional Airport, 12499 Beverly Ford Road, Brandy Station, Virginia 22704. Click below the desired aircraft to purchase a gift or ride certificate via check or credit card. For more information contact our Rides Manager, Col Rob Krieg

TBM-3E Avenger

Our TBM-3E Avenger is a Grumman designed (TBF) aircraft built under license by GM in New Jersey in 1945.  Assigned initially to the US Marine Corps, we know that this aircraft served as a replacement aircraft in several USMC training units in California from 1945 to 1948 and then was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy in 1952.  It was modified by Fairey Aviation (Canada) as an AS3M for anti-submarine warfare (turret removed; ASW operator station installed in its place; and MAD boom installed).  Acquired by Forest Protection in New Brunswick (called Tanker 18) after this service, it was modified and flown as a spray plane. Major restoration efforts began early in the first quarter of 2009 and final restoration of the TBM into its original WWII configuration was basically completed with over $200,000 spent in May 2014. After research on possible unit association and aircraft finish schemes for the TBM restoration, the Squadron decided to finish the aircraft as one of the USMC VMTB-143 TBMs assigned to the USS Gilbert Islands (CVE 107) carrying the markings of "P87" and nose art as "Doris Mae". The primary flight crew of Doris Mae was (1ST LT William “Billy” Hay (Pilot) and Sergeants Charlie Hoke (Radio/Gunner) and Robert Cardno (Turret Gunner). On the flight you will have the oportunity to fly in the Radio/Gunner and Turret Gunner positions, as well as the seat behind the pilot,accompanied by a CAF Crew Member.

 

                                                                      

Flight Times and Prices for a Gift or Ride Certificate

2 Riders 20 min flight $695 each
1 Rider 15 min flight $995

 

 

"As a 501 (c) 3 organization your donation for a gift or ride certificate is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law"

 

Vultee BT-13 Valiant

The Vultee BT-13 was the aircraft in which Army Air Corps Cadets received most of their flight training. Bigger and more demanding to fly than the Primary Trainers, the BT introduced the feel of a more powerful and complex aircraft. Training included instrument flying, formation, and aerobatics. Virtually every Army Air Corps Cadet to receive his wings cut his teeth on the BT-13. By the end of WWII, a total of 11,537 had entered the service of the Army Air Corps and the U. S. Navy, making the BT-13 one of the most significant American training aircraft ever. Climbing into the cockpit of the BT-13, you know you’re sitting astride a Warbird, as close to flying a Mustang or Corsair as most of us are ever going to get. You can put your hands on seventy years of history and get a feel for the way it was, imagining all the Aviation Cadets who sat where you are sitting, and wonder what type of aircraft they went on to fly in the war, and whether they came back home.

Flight Times and Prices for a Gift or Ride Certificate
60 minute Flight Time $595
30 minute Flight Time $395
20 minute Flight Time $295

"As a 501 (c) 3 organization your donation for a gift or ride certificate is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law"

Stinson L5 Sentinel

The L-5 had a production run of over 4000 aircraft and saw service as observation, spotter, ambulance, search/rescue, courier, and in a few instances, L-5s were flown in support of troops on the ground, when fitted with rocket tubes and small bombs. The L-5 saw widespread service in all theaters of WWII, and in Korea. The L-5 "flying jeep" was an exceptionally tractable aircraft, stable in slow-flight, and with excellent short field capabilities, which made it the most widely used allied utility plane of WWII. Ours L-5 represents “Gayle Ann”, which was the first aircraft used as a Forward Air Controller, directing attacking aircraft from the air.

Flight Times and Prices for a Gift or Ride Certificate
60 minute Flight Time $245
30 minute Flight Time $195
20 minute Flight Time $145

"As a 501 (c) 3 organization your donation for a gift or ride certificate is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law"

 



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Brandy Station, Virginia 22714
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