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Experience a Part of WWII History

The Buda Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) in cooperation with the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will host an open house on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the CAF’s hangar located at the San Marcos, Texas airport.

The Open House is free and open to BACC members, their family, and friends. CAF Colonels and pilots will be on hand to facilitate tours of the CAF’s WWII hangar, museum, library, Ready Room, and Officers Club. At the end of the tour a complementary lunch of grilled hot dogs, chips, and sodas will be provided compliments of the BACC.

Gather up family, friends, and grab your camera to take a step back into time. The CAF’s Open House will be held from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM at the San Marcos Airport.

What Will You See

10150558_770564762961191_84Along with a tour of the hangar and facilities you will be able to see vintage aircraft. The Central Texas Wing hangar houses four CAF aircraft for which the Wing has maintenance and restoration responsibility: a very-rare flying P-39Q Bell “Airacobra,” the B-25 Mitchell “Yellow Rose,” a BT-13 “Valiant,” and the U-3A “Administrator.” “Kate” #310 is always in the hangar, when not flying air shows with the “Tora, Tora, Tora!” group.

Two other CAF aircraft are housed at the hangar, a CAF replica “Kate” #310 from the movies Tora, Tora, Tora and Pearl Harbor and the Bell P-63F King Cobra. Other aircraft in the hangar are privately owned by CAF members and used to support the missions of the CAF. Among these are four AT-6 Texan types, a Japanese Zero replica, built for the movie Tora, Tora, Tora, a Chinese-built CJ-6A trainer, the Beech T-34A “Mentor,” and a Lockheed T-33 “Shooting Star” jet trainer.

Buda Flight: Ride in a B-25 Mitchell WWII Bomber

CAF_Centex_B-25_ridesThe “Yellow Rose” is a WWII bomber completely restored to its wartime capabilities
and is operated by the Central Texas Wing of the CAF. It is one of the flying museum pieces belonging to the organization’s “Ghost Squadron” aircraft collection. After four years of work, the aircraft was lovingly restored to WWII condition by members of the Central Texas Wing and donated to the CAF in 1981. Literally thousands of man hours were donated over the four year period by the members of the Yellow Rose Squadron in order to bring the Rose back into full operational readiness. The restoration project met numerous problems including the lack of parts and, of course, lack of funds. With the help of dedicated aviation enthusiasts throughout the state of Texas and the skill of volunteer craftsmen, the airplane was again ready to fly.

CAF_Museum_4The airplane now visits an average of 25 cities and towns across the United States each yearas a patriotic and education exhibit dedicated to those who gave their all for world freedom during WWII. The Yellow Rose is a flying museum.

For a thirty minute flight in the Yellow Rose call the BACC office at (512) 295-9999. Tickets for the Buda Flight are $450.00 per person. Seats are limited and all seats are sold on a first come first serve bases.