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Commemorative Air Force

- Inland Empire Wing -

Step back in time with the WWII-era warbirds from the Commemorative AIr Force - Inland Empire Wing. Five aircraft from their fleet, known as the Ghost Squadron , will be on display at SBD Fest;  each representing a particular class of aircraft: Cargo/Transport, Pilot Trainers, and Liason/Transport aircraft.

Douglas C-53 Skytrooper

"D-Day Doll"

Aircraft History


At dawn on D-day, June 6, 1944 the "D-Day Doll" too, the 101st Airborne into Normandy, Flying 3 missions over June 6th and 7th she became a seasoned combat veteran. Later missions included airborne drops in Holland, flying in supplies at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and in the final airborne drop at the Rhine River. Following the war she has had many civilian missions under assignment to the Inland Empire Wing of the CAF where she has been restored back to military configuration and serves as a flying historical museum.


About the Douglas C-53 Skytrooper


The specialized C-53 Skytrooper troop transport started production in October 1941 at Douglas Aircraft's Santa Monica, California plant. It lacked the cargo door, hoist attachment and reinforced floor of the C-47. Only a total of 380 aircraft were produced in all because the C-47 was found to be more versatile. SOURCE:

North American T-6 Texan


Aircraft History


(WWII T-6 Texan), N96281 was delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force as 3832 on May 13, 1941. Its construction number is 81-4099. It was struck off charge on November 1, 1960. Lester Abbey of North Surrey, British Columbia registered it as CF-NIA in 1965. Richard D. Benner of Anchorage, Alaska gave it its current U.S. registration in 1976. It was damaged in a gear up landing at Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona on March 7, 1978. The former Confederate Air Force of Harlingen, Texas acquired it on February 5, 1979.

About the North American T-6 Texan

The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is a single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s. SOURCE:



L-17 Navion

The Ryan (originally North American) Navion is a United States single-engine, unpressurized, retractable gear, four-seat aircraft originally designed and built by North American Aviation in the 1940s. The Navion was envisioned as an aircraft that would perfectly match the expected postwar boom in civilian aviation, since it was designed along the general lines of, and by the same company which produced the North American P-51 Mustang, generally regarded as one of the best Allied fighter aircraft.



L4-F Grasshopper

Aircraft History


The L-4 Grasshopper was the military derivative of Piper's famous civilian high-wing monoplane - the J-3 Cub. The US Army Air Force turned to the J-3 in military guise as it sought a rugged yet lightweight aircraft for liaison and observation duties in direct support of ground forces. The L-4 Grasshopper served with distinction in both World War II and Korea.



Ryan PT-22 Recruit


Aircraft History


The Ryan PT-22 Recruit, the main military version of the Ryan ST, is a military trainer aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps and its successor, the United States Army Air Forces for primary pilot training.



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