BY: Steve Forsyth
PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (Sept.11, 2023) – Two restored World War II aircraft from Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Airbase Georgia will be part of this year’s annual Girls in Aviation Day September 16 at Covington Municipal Airport, Covington, Ga. Women in Aviation International (WAI) arranges the entire day dedicated to inspiring young women and girls to explore careers in aviation. Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Airbase Georgia, based in Peachtree City, Ga., will be displaying its popular P-51 Mustang, “Red Nose”, and a rare P-63 Kingcobra meticulously restored by the Airbase a few years ago, and named “Miss Betty” in honor of a Georgia woman who actually worked on building it. Betty Bishop was one of thousands of “Rosie the Riveter” women who staffed America’s factories during WWII. Some costumed “Rosies” from Airbase Georgia also will participate.
“One of the key missions of the CAF and Airbase Georgia is to inspire young people to pursue careers in aviation, which fits perfectly with this event hosted by the Wheels Down South chapter of WAI,” said Airbase leader Joel Perkins. “Approximately 250 young people will have the opportunity to enjoy a full day dedicated to aviation.”
About the CAF Airbase Georgia Warbird Museum
CAF Airbase Georgia, based in Peachtree City, Ga., was founded in 1987. The Airbase is one of the largest units of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). The group maintains and flies six vintage military aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, an FG-1D Corsair, an SBD Dauntless, and a P-63A Kingcobra. The Airbase, composed of more than 500 volunteer members, is a founding partner of the Georgia WWII Heritage Trail launched in 2021. The Airbase is part of the CAF, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that relies on contributions of time and funds to conduct its mission. For more information, go to https://airbasegeorgia.org/.