Enter today for your chance to fly in a WWII P-51 Fighter!
This is your chance to fly in the same type of aircraft as some of our First Flight Society Honorees such as Brig. Gen. Charles Yeager, USAF, the “Red Tail” Tuskegee airmen, including Gen. Benjamin Davis, USAF (the 2022 Honoree), and Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, USAF, as well as such other famous National Shrine Honorees as Col. Jacqueline Cochran, USAF (Former WASP), and Maj. Gen. Robert White, USAF. The First Flight Society is offering an exhilarating P-51 flight experienc in “Red Nose” operated by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Airbase Georgia. The winner can schedule the experience up to 12 months after winning and the prize award includes $700 towards your expenses to travel to Peachtree City, GA for the experience. The winner can also schedule the ride to coincide with one of the CAF Airbase Georgia’s many events to expand upon the experience. See upcoming events at https://airbasegeorgia.org/events/.
The ride will be in P-51 Red Nose, the aircraft that started the Commemorative Air Force! “Old Red Nose” has had a long and colorful history, dating back to the closing days of World War II. It was produced at the North American Aviation plant in Inglewood, California, and rolled out on 11 April 1945, and was accepted by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) as serial number 44-73843.
Red Nose is painted with the markings of the 334th FS, 4th FG, 8th AF, the pilot was Capt. David W. Howe, January 1945. He flew with 334th FS from 22/9/43 until 30/3/45 when returned to the U.S. with 500 combat hours in two tours without an abort. The 334th Fighter Squadron was the successor to No. 71 Eagle squadron of the Royal Air Force when the 4th Fighter Group was activated on 12 September 1942. They were based at Debden Field, Essex.
In the event the CAF Airbase Georgia P-51 Red Nose is not available to the winner during the 12-month award period, the First Flight Society will provide an alternate prize of $3,500 to the winner.