Commemorative Air Force - Air Group One, San Diego

Commemorative Air Force - Air Group One, San Diego Air Group One is the San Diego Wing of the Commemorative Air Force dedicated to preserving the history of the people and planes of World War II.
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Air Group One is an all volunteer aviation organization. Its members work on a number of local education projects, museum displays, maintain and restore World War II airplanes, travel to air shows, and enjoy the camaraderie of Aviation Enthusiasts and Professionals.

Air Group One is an all volunteer aviation organization. Its members work on a number of local education projects, museum displays, maintain and restore World War II airplanes, travel to air shows, and enjoy the camaraderie of Aviation Enthusiasts and Professionals.

Operating as usual

Today is one of my favorite days of the year!! The Millenium Falcon counts as a #warbird, right?!#HappyStarWarsDay #mayt...
05/04/2021

Today is one of my favorite days of the year!! The Millenium Falcon counts as a #warbird, right?!

#HappyStarWarsDay #maythe4thbewithyou

Today is one of my favorite days of the year!! The Millenium Falcon counts as a #warbird, right?!

#HappyStarWarsDay #maythe4thbewithyou

I recognize that beautiful plane πŸ‘€ So proud of our volunteers for their effort and dedication in restoring this warbird!...
05/03/2021

I recognize that beautiful plane πŸ‘€ So proud of our volunteers for their effort and dedication in restoring this warbird!!

Getting some info/promo material ready for the #FlyIn at #ramonaairport tomorrow (Sat., 5/1)!! Stop by and see us - Our ...
04/30/2021

Getting some info/promo material ready for the #FlyIn at #ramonaairport tomorrow (Sat., 5/1)!! Stop by and see us - Our hangar will be open from 1030 to 1430!!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #aviationhistory #warbirds #keepemflying #volunteersrock #afterworkartproject

Getting some info/promo material ready for the #FlyIn at #ramonaairport tomorrow (Sat., 5/1)!! Stop by and see us - Our hangar will be open from 1030 to 1430!!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #aviationhistory #warbirds #keepemflying #volunteersrock #afterworkartproject

As #NationalVolunteerAppreciationWeek comes to an end, please join us in thanking all of our hard-working volunteers!! Y...
04/25/2021

As #NationalVolunteerAppreciationWeek comes to an end, please join us in thanking all of our hard-working volunteers!! Your dedication to forwarding Air Group One's mission is appreciated every day!! We couldn't do it without you!!

#weloveourvolunteers #NationalVolunteerWeek #volunteersrock

Good thing I am not a pilot πŸ˜‚#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #saturdaysilly #spidersareevil #aviation
04/10/2021

Good thing I am not a pilot πŸ˜‚

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #saturdaysilly #spidersareevil #aviation

Good thing I am not a pilot πŸ˜‚

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #saturdaysilly #spidersareevil #aviation

Took some time the other day to visit our L-3 Grasshopper at #ramonaairport. She is patiently waiting for her #engineove...
04/08/2021

Took some time the other day to visit our L-3 Grasshopper at #ramonaairport. She is patiently waiting for her #engineoverhaul to be completed...

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #aviation #aviationmaintenance #warbird #liaisonaircraft #volunteersrock

Hope all of our family and friends have a Happy Easter 🐰#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #happyeaster #Easter2021 #sa...
04/04/2021

Hope all of our family and friends have a Happy Easter 🐰

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #happyeaster #Easter2021 #sandiego

Hope all of our family and friends have a Happy Easter 🐰

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #happyeaster #Easter2021 #sandiego

Show us your #throwbackthursday photos! What is the oldest photo you have of one of our aircraft? We'll start off with a...
04/01/2021

Show us your #throwbackthursday photos! What is the oldest photo you have of one of our aircraft? We'll start off with a classic from March 2013! An AG1 member takes a peek at our L-3 Grasshopper one day after the unit took possession of the aircraft.

Show us your #throwbackthursday photos! What is the oldest photo you have of one of our aircraft? We'll start off with a classic from March 2013! An AG1 member takes a peek at our L-3 Grasshopper one day after the unit took possession of the aircraft.

Had a fun and productive meeting this past weekend! Our small, but mighty group is putting the final touches on our Poke...
03/30/2021

Had a fun and productive meeting this past weekend! Our small, but mighty group is putting the final touches on our Poker Run Event, updating our ASTEM Program and working on increasing membership. We even got the horizontal stabilizer installed on our L-5!

AG1 honors and thanks our Vietnam Veterans for their service and sacrifice - not just today, but every day. Welcome Home...
03/30/2021

AG1 honors and thanks our Vietnam Veterans for their service and sacrifice - not just today, but every day. Welcome Home ❀

#VietnamWarVeteransDay

AG1 honors and thanks our Vietnam Veterans for their service and sacrifice - not just today, but every day. Welcome Home ❀

#VietnamWarVeteransDay

AG1 is excited to announce that we have been awarded additional Restoration Grant Funds by CAF HQ to continue restoring ...
03/19/2021

AG1 is excited to announce that we have been awarded additional Restoration Grant Funds by CAF HQ to continue restoring our L5 Sentinel! Proudly doing our part to keep 'em flying!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #l5sentinel #restoration #ramonaairport #workinprogress #keepemflying #volunteersrock

#OTD in 1910, Raymonde de Laroche became the world's first licensed female pilot. She is just one example of the courage...
03/08/2021

#OTD in 1910, Raymonde de Laroche became the world's first licensed female pilot. She is just one example of the courageous women who paved the way for so many other female pilots!

#internationalwomensday2021
#WomensHistoryMonth

#OTD in 1910, Raymonde de Laroche became the world's first licensed female pilot. She received the 36th license issued by the Aeroclub de France, the world's first organization to issue pilot licenses.

The daughter of a plumber, she was born Elise Raymonde Deroche in Paris in 1882. She had a fondness for sports, motorcycles, and automobiles. As a young woman she became an actress and used the stage name "Raymonde de Laroche". Inspired by Wilbur Wright's 1908 demonstrations of powered flight in Paris, she was determined to take up flying for herself.

On 18 July 1919, de Laroche, who was a talented engineer, went to the airfield at Le Crotoy as part of her plan to become the first female test pilot. While co-piloting an experimental aircraft it into a dive and crashed on approach, killing both de Laroche and the pilot.

There is a statue of de Laroche at Paris–Le Bourget Airport in France.

#InternationalWomensDay #Women'sHistoryMonth

After all these years, #snoopy is still my favorite pilot πŸ˜‚ Hope all of our friends and family have a wonderful Friday!#...
03/05/2021

After all these years, #snoopy is still my favorite pilot πŸ˜‚ Hope all of our friends and family have a wonderful Friday!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #FridayFunny #aviationhumor #SanDiego #ramonaairport #volunteersrock

After all these years, #snoopy is still my favorite pilot πŸ˜‚ Hope all of our friends and family have a wonderful Friday!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #FridayFunny #aviationhumor #SanDiego #ramonaairport #volunteersrock

For today's #sneakpeeksunday, feast your eyes on our #l5sentinel! The level of detail shown in these pictures is due to ...
02/28/2021

For today's #sneakpeeksunday, feast your eyes on our #l5sentinel! The level of detail shown in these pictures is due to the amazing talents of our #restoration team led by Mike D. and Bob S.!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #liaisonaircraft #ramonaairport #sandiego #aviationhistory #sneakpeek #volunteersrock

02/27/2021
Brodie System

Let's hear it for Liaison Aircraft!! Proud of our unit's L-3 Grasshopper and almost-restored L-5 Sentinel :)

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #ramonaairport #liaisonaircraft #l5sentinel #l3grasshopper #aviationhistory #OTD #volunteersrock

Here's a #sneakpeek of our #l5sentinel with some of our amazing members. These folks have been working so hard to finish...
02/21/2021

Here's a #sneakpeek of our #l5sentinel with some of our amazing members. These folks have been working so hard to finish the restoration process and get her flying!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #ramonaairport #liaisonaircraft #restoration #volunteersrock

Here's a #sneakpeek of our #l5sentinel with some of our amazing members. These folks have been working so hard to finish the restoration process and get her flying!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #ramonaairport #liaisonaircraft #restoration #volunteersrock

Apologies for our lack of posts friends - our oldest kiddo has been in the hospital making for a very frazzled Wing Lead...
02/20/2021

Apologies for our lack of posts friends - our oldest kiddo has been in the hospital making for a very frazzled Wing Leader and Adjutant. However, all is well now and we are back with a #saturdaysilly for you all 😎

Apologies for our lack of posts friends - our oldest kiddo has been in the hospital making for a very frazzled Wing Leader and Adjutant. However, all is well now and we are back with a #saturdaysilly for you all 😎

01/26/2021
The Terrifying Physics of WWII Dive Bombing

While there is a special place in our hearts for our Liaison aircraft, check out this awesome video about WWII Dive Bombers! CAF Dixie Wing's own SBD Dauntless is featured in the present-day footage (look for the #5 on the side).

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #WWII #divebombers #dixiewing

The act of dive bombing during World War II was a death defying trial of skill and nerve. You aimed your plane down, four miles above the ocean, and plummete...

Love Star Wars? Love Aviation? This bit of trivia is πŸ”₯ and the best meme I have seen today!#commemorativeairforce #airgr...
01/22/2021

Love Star Wars? Love Aviation? This bit of trivia is πŸ”₯ and the best meme I have seen today!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #FridayFunnies

Where my Star Wars nerds at?

#FridayFunnies

01/13/2021
Winter Maintenance - Engine Test

Sound on!! Our L3-E Grasshopper still has a few bugs to work out, but that is what winter maintenance is for.

Bonus points for the person who can tell us what type of engine she has!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #ramonaairport #l3egrasshopper #restoration #enginetest #wintermaintenance #volunteersrock

The Staff of AG1 hopes 2021 brings calm, prosperity and good health to all πŸŽ‰ Cheers to a New Year of meetings, hangar wo...
01/01/2021

The Staff of AG1 hopes 2021 brings calm, prosperity and good health to all πŸŽ‰ Cheers to a New Year of meetings, hangar work days and (hopefully) air shows!!

The Staff of AG1 hopes 2021 brings calm, prosperity and good health to all πŸŽ‰ Cheers to a New Year of meetings, hangar work days and (hopefully) air shows!!

Spent some quality time with our L-3E Grasshopper yesterday - new plugs and wires to help keep her engine running smooth...
12/31/2020

Spent some quality time with our L-3E Grasshopper yesterday - new plugs and wires to help keep her engine running smooth!

On behalf of the amazing Staff at Air Group One...May your holidays be filled with peace, joy and clear skies! We hope y...
12/24/2020

On behalf of the amazing Staff at Air Group One...May your holidays be filled with peace, joy and clear skies! We hope y'all have a safe, healthy and Happy Holiday 🌲🍭🌲

On behalf of the amazing Staff at Air Group One...May your holidays be filled with peace, joy and clear skies! We hope y'all have a safe, healthy and Happy Holiday 🌲🍭🌲

Evening AG1 Family...Due to the most recent Regional Stay-at-Home Order, we have cancelled the remaining in-person event...
12/15/2020

Evening AG1 Family...Due to the most recent Regional Stay-at-Home Order, we have cancelled the remaining in-person events that were scheduled for 2020. Our December Member Meeting and Annual Election will be held via Zoom (please see Facebook Event for details). If you have any questions, please feel free to email [email protected]. Stay safe!!

Commemorative Air Force - Air Group One, San Diego
12/15/2020

Commemorative Air Force - Air Group One, San Diego

We read about the #optoutside trend for the holiday weekend. Does this count? Lol!#commemorativeairforce#airgroupone#aer...
11/28/2020

We read about the #optoutside trend for the holiday weekend. Does this count? Lol!

#commemorativeairforce
#airgroupone
#aeronca
#L3Grasshopper
#liaisonaircraft

From the CAF Air Group One family to yours...Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for our fans and your continued supp...
11/26/2020

From the CAF Air Group One family to yours...Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for our fans and your continued support β™‘ Wishing you all a safe and wonderful day!

AG1 braved the 100Β° temp to get a little bit of cleaning/organizing done at our new Ramona hangar. Can't wait to show y'...
07/12/2020

AG1 braved the 100° temp to get a little bit of cleaning/organizing done at our new Ramona hangar. Can't wait to show y'all when it is finished! Keep your eyes peeled for an update on the L5 soon too. Stay cool this weekend friends 😊

03/18/2020

A Message from the Wing Leader

In response to growing concerns from the public regarding transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Staff of Air Group One has been carefully reviewing guidance from both state and local public health officials. While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at the Air Group One hangar or on Gillespie Field, we felt it appropriate to take a compassionate, responsible stance regarding the health and safety of people around the airport.

With those precautions and guidelines in mind, the Staff has made the decision to postpone all Air Group One meetings and events for the foreseeable future.

We will continue to actively monitor this situation and plan to resume activities as soon as guidance from health officials allows.

We thank you all for your support of Air Group One, CAF.
Please stay safe and look out for each other.

Doug English
Wing Leader

Spent a few hours at the hangar for our monthly work day. Might as well do some organizing while Sassy is finishing up h...
03/14/2020

Spent a few hours at the hangar for our monthly work day. Might as well do some organizing while Sassy is finishing up her annual maintenance 😊

Commemorative Air Force - Air Group One, San Diego
03/14/2020

Commemorative Air Force - Air Group One, San Diego

Commemorative Air Force - Air Group One, San Diego's cover photo
03/14/2020

Commemorative Air Force - Air Group One, San Diego's cover photo

Address

2450 Montecito Road, Hangar B6
Ramona, CA
92065

General information

To Pilots: We are handpicking top notch pilots for our war birds and air shows. Best bet is to get involved as a volunteer and Air Group One participant and show our "Wardroom" your motivation. Plenty of guys can fly these old planes but we need pilots that can bring some talent to our Air Group. To Maintainers: AG1 has some experienced guys with tremendous knowledge to pass on. If you are interested in old rotary engines, rebuilding war birds and getting involved with a great team, then we want you to come down. To Aviation Enthusiasts: If you are excited about aviation and a go getter, then we may invite you to become part of our team. AG1 is about as close to a "Squadron" type atmosphere that a civilian can get. We can use managers, engineers, and young professionals to help run our organization. Flights in our war birds are always a possibility for active volunteers.

Telephone

(619) 259-5541

Products

Rides in WWII aircraft over beautiful San Diego Bay and North Island, where Naval Aviation began. Enjoy spectacular views from a plane that trained fighter pilots for WWII. Video of your flight also available from the GoPro camera mounted on the tail of our plane. http://ag1caf.org/fly-warbird/

Pedal Planes for children 3-7 yrs old. Great for birthday parties and gifts to inspire young aviators.

ASTEM program for teens and young adults to learn about aviation. http://ag1caf.org/a-stem/

Memorial and event fly-overs. Call 619-259-5541 Ext# 13

Annual Wings Over Gillespie Air Show http://ag1caf.org/airshow/

Aviation Museum located at our hangar http://ag1caf.org/museum/

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Growing up near Gillespie field in the late 60s, There used to be a TBF Avenger in pretty rough shape. Does anyone know if it was saved?
Another perfect landing in Sassy. Thanks Boots for a great flight, number 5 and counting.
Sending a HUGE thank you to Doug, Debbie, and all of Air Group One for allowing us to use their CAF Hangar for my husband's final reenlistment ceremony. Everyone was amazed by all of the history in Sassy and the hangar!!
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Here is the other Picture from the Cruise
Doug English, here are a couple pictures I took of the Flyover for the El Cajon Classic Cruise. Pete Liebig
Great turnout today for the Air Group One Commemorative Golf Tournament at Maderas Golf Club.
"Flyover" Kicking off the 2017 El Cajon Car Show season with the National Anthem and a flyover by the CAF.