CAF Rocky Mountain Wing

Help the Commemorative Air Force Rocky Mountain Wing keep our historic TBM Avenger and J3 Cub flying! Join us June 6-8 in Delta or Montrose to take a ride in the historic Grumman TBM Avenger, the largest single-engine bomber built for WWII. Fully loaded at 18,000 pounds, with a 14-clyinder, 1,900 HP engine, it took off from 500’ aircraft carriers – without a catapult!

If a ride in a historically significant warbird is on your bucket list, you can check it off right here at Delta’s Blake Field or the Montrose Regional Airport. The TBM, designed by Grumman and manufactured by General Motors (!) turned the tide of the War in the Pacific, taking out millions of tons of enemy ships. While our 1945 TBM isn’t a combat veteran, it has a few claims to fame that are hard to beat.

  • It flew post-War Anti-Submarine Warfare missions from the Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier HMS Magnificent.

  • It led a multi-plane flyover at Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation Review of the Fleet in 1956.

  • It appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

  • Most recently, it appeared in the Discovery Channel Gold Rush Series

  • It is one of only seven Aircraft deemed worthy of listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and is one of only two that is still flying.

Or, you can experience what it was like to try to get your WWII Pilot’s wings in our J3 Cub Trainer – the smallest airplane built for the war. Fully loaded at 1,000 lbs, it’s 65 HP engine hurtles it along at breakneck speeds sometimes exceeding 55 mph! Almost all the WWII pilot wannabes were given 4 hours of dual training, during which time they had to convince their instructor that they had the right stuff; 75% of the wannabes didn’t, and were handed a rifle and a pair of boots, and welcomed into the infantry. Come to one of the Rides Days, and see if you have the right stuff

Seats are limited, so book your 40-minute Living History Flight Experience today. A donation of only $750 will let you check the BIG WARBIRD off your bucket list. Or a donation of $100 will put you in the Cub to let you discover what kind of stuff you have. Either way, you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a story that will last a lifetime! Sign up at www.970tix.com or Call Kent at 970-921-3700 to reserve a seat on your flight into history.

Delta Rides: June 6, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm and June 7, 8:30 am to noon.

Montrose Rides: June 7 & 8, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

All proceeds from the rides help to keep our warbirds flying, support our Military Aviation Heritage Museum. and expand our educational outreach programs.

Brief Public Service Announcement

The Commemorative Air Force Rocky Mountain Wing is offering rides in their historic WWII aircraft June 6- 8 as part of the Veteran’s Memorial Wall and Welcome Home Veteran’s events. Ride behind the pilot or in the Ball Turret Gunner’s seat of the 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger at the Delta Blake Airfield or Montrose Regional Airport. At 18,000 pounds, the Avenger is the largest single-engine bomber built for WWII. Powered by a 14-cylinder, 1,900 HP engine, it took off from 500-foot aircraft carriers – without a catapult!

Or ride in the front seat of the J3 Cub “Grasshopper” primary trainer. At 1,000 pounds and 65 HP, it was the smallest airplane built for the WWII. Nearly every WWII pilot wannabe started out in the mighty Cub, but only 25% of them were able to convince their instructors that they had the right stuff. Join us at Delta or Montrose June 6 though 8 to see if you have the right stuff!

Seats are limited, so book your Living History Flight Experience today. Go to www.970tix.com, or call Kent at 970.921.3700 to schedule your flight into history.

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