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.

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

Rode the motorcycle up to #ramona and took a few nighttime shots of our 1941 L-3B #Grasshopper. How many of our fans hav...
09/19/2021

Rode the motorcycle up to #ramona and took a few nighttime shots of our 1941 L-3B #Grasshopper. How many of our fans have seen #lookingglass in person?

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#caf1957 #airgroupone #sandiego #warbird #warbirdphotography #WWII #history #WorldWarII #aviation #avhistory #avphotography #photography #liaisonaircraft

Happy Birthday #USAirForce! It was #OTD in 1947 that the #USAF was established as an independent branch of the U.S. arme...
09/18/2021

Happy Birthday #USAirForce! It was #OTD in 1947 that the #USAF was established as an independent branch of the U.S. armed services. Celebrating 74 years of excellence!

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#caf1957 #airgroupone #WWII #history #veteran #happybirthday #fly #fight #win #aviation #avhistory

Happy Birthday #USAirForce! It was #OTD in 1947 that the #USAF was established as an independent branch of the U.S. armed services. Celebrating 74 years of excellence!

πŸ“· @usairforce

#caf1957 #airgroupone #WWII #history #veteran #happybirthday #fly #fight #win #aviation #avhistory

Always honored β™‘ Never forgotten β™‘
09/18/2021

Always honored β™‘ Never forgotten β™‘

On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we honor those who gave everything for their country and those who are still missing. We also want to thank the people of Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency who continue to search for those who are still lost, so they can be returned to their loved ones.

Look who's back on Instagram!  @caf_ag1sdDue to circumstances beyond our control, we had to create a new page to keep y'...
09/17/2021

Look who's back on Instagram! @caf_ag1sd

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to create a new page to keep y'all connected to San Diego's favorite C.A.F. unit.

You do not want to miss all of the exciting things happening with AG1. Please follow and share with your friends!!

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#caf1957 #airgroupone #sandiego #newbeginnings #aviation #warbirds #restoration #volunteerlife

Look who's back on Instagram! @caf_ag1sd

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to create a new page to keep y'all connected to San Diego's favorite C.A.F. unit.

You do not want to miss all of the exciting things happening with AG1. Please follow and share with your friends!!

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#caf1957 #airgroupone #sandiego #newbeginnings #aviation #warbirds #restoration #volunteerlife

#ThrowbackThursday to this time last year when our L-5, affectionately known as Betsy, was prepped and ready for paint!#...
09/16/2021

#ThrowbackThursday to this time last year when our L-5, affectionately known as Betsy, was prepped and ready for paint!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #warbird #liaisonaircraft #preppedandready #restoration #aviation #keepemflying #volunteersrock

#ThrowbackThursday to this time last year when our L-5, affectionately known as Betsy, was prepped and ready for paint!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #warbird #liaisonaircraft #preppedandready #restoration #aviation #keepemflying #volunteersrock

The best hangar/plane work days are the ones that include the opportunity to learn a new skill! Here we see Mike showing...
09/13/2021

The best hangar/plane work days are the ones that include the opportunity to learn a new skill! Here we see Mike showing Ricardo and Bernell how to change the front tires of our L-5 😊

#commemorativeairforce #caf1957 #airgroupone #sandiego #liaisonaircraft #WWII #warbird #restoration #learningopportunity #newskill #workharder #volunteersrock

It has been 20 years since that fateful day. Today, we hold in our hearts the 2,977 victims and we honor the 412 first r...
09/11/2021

It has been 20 years since that fateful day. Today, we hold in our hearts the 2,977 victims and we honor the 412 first responders who grabbed their gear and ran towards danger to help perfect strangers β™‘

May we continue to honor and preserve their memories.

#NeverForget #September11 #SayTheirNames

It has been 20 years since that fateful day. Today, we hold in our hearts the 2,977 victims and we honor the 412 first responders who grabbed their gear and ran towards danger to help perfect strangers β™‘

May we continue to honor and preserve their memories.

#NeverForget #September11 #SayTheirNames

Running a little late in posting today, but feast your eyes on our 1941 L-3B Grasshopper. This shot is from the 2019 Mir...
09/10/2021

Running a little late in posting today, but feast your eyes on our 1941 L-3B Grasshopper. This shot is from the 2019 Miramar Air Show which also happens to be the first big event that the current Wing Leader and I attended as AG1 Members 😊

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #miramarairshow #2019memories #ThrowbackThursday #liaisonaircraft #aviationphotography #aviationhistory #volunteersrock

Running a little late in posting today, but feast your eyes on our 1941 L-3B Grasshopper. This shot is from the 2019 Miramar Air Show which also happens to be the first big event that the current Wing Leader and I attended as AG1 Members 😊

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #miramarairshow #2019memories #ThrowbackThursday #liaisonaircraft #aviationphotography #aviationhistory #volunteersrock

Did you know that two of our dedicated members are also the proud owners of a 1943 Ford GPW?? Not only did Mike lovingly...
09/07/2021

Did you know that two of our dedicated members are also the proud owners of a 1943 Ford GPW?? Not only did Mike lovingly restore this beauty (as close to original as possible), but this jeep is the SAME one that Vicki's father drove in World War II:

"This jeep was assigned to Capt. Victor 'Lucky' Moen of the 13th AAF on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, South Pacific during WWII. In 1946 he found it by chance at a scrapyard in the Los Angeles area and purchased it. It served Lucky, his daughter and granddaughters for many years in Vista, CA. In 2001 Mike D. restored it and was able to give Lucky more good rides around town. Mike owns and maintains this jeep and drives it around San Diego County in honor of all who served in World War II."

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #WorldWarII #13thAAF #TriviaTuesday #WWII #restoration #jeep #Ford #TuesdayTreat #themoreyouknow #sandiego #volunteersrock

Did you know that two of our dedicated members are also the proud owners of a 1943 Ford GPW?? Not only did Mike lovingly restore this beauty (as close to original as possible), but this jeep is the SAME one that Vicki's father drove in World War II:

"This jeep was assigned to Capt. Victor 'Lucky' Moen of the 13th AAF on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, South Pacific during WWII. In 1946 he found it by chance at a scrapyard in the Los Angeles area and purchased it. It served Lucky, his daughter and granddaughters for many years in Vista, CA. In 2001 Mike D. restored it and was able to give Lucky more good rides around town. Mike owns and maintains this jeep and drives it around San Diego County in honor of all who served in World War II."

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #WorldWarII #13thAAF #TriviaTuesday #WWII #restoration #jeep #Ford #TuesdayTreat #themoreyouknow #sandiego #volunteersrock

Yup...pretty sure we would have a full hand of cards too πŸ˜‚#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #sillysaturday #...
09/04/2021

Yup...pretty sure we would have a full hand of cards too πŸ˜‚

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #sillysaturday #aviationhumor #warbird #smilemore #laughmore

Yup...pretty sure we would have a full hand of cards too πŸ˜‚

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #sillysaturday #aviationhumor #warbird #smilemore #laughmore

09/03/2021
Stopped by the hangar this afternoon to check on our 1941 L-3B Grasshopper. Her engine overhaul is taking longer than ex...
08/30/2021

Stopped by the hangar this afternoon to check on our 1941 L-3B Grasshopper. Her engine overhaul is taking longer than expected, but we are hopeful she will be back in the air soon!!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #liaisonaircraft #warbird #cockpit #cockpitview #aviation #sandiego #isitdoneyet? #patientlywaiting #engineoverhaul #aviationmaintenance

Stopped by the hangar this afternoon to check on our 1941 L-3B Grasshopper. Her engine overhaul is taking longer than expected, but we are hopeful she will be back in the air soon!!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #liaisonaircraft #warbird #cockpit #cockpitview #aviation #sandiego #isitdoneyet? #patientlywaiting #engineoverhaul #aviationmaintenance

Who said you can't have fun changing tires?? Ricardo, Darrel, and Bernell took some time to change the L-5's front tires...
08/28/2021

Who said you can't have fun changing tires?? Ricardo, Darrel, and Bernell took some time to change the L-5's front tires during a maintenance day a few weeks ago 😎

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

Who said you can't have fun changing tires?? Ricardo, Darrel, and Bernell took some time to change the L-5's front tires during a maintenance day a few weeks ago 😎

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

It has been a while since we had the chance to post any updates - things have been crazy busy. So, here is our amazing L...
08/24/2021

It has been a while since we had the chance to post any updates - things have been crazy busy. So, here is our amazing L-5! The windshield was fitted and match drilled to the forward panel last week. Making steady progress!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #liaisonaircraft #warbird #aviation #restoration #avgeek #aviationhistory #volunteersrock

It has been a while since we had the chance to post any updates - things have been crazy busy. So, here is our amazing L-5! The windshield was fitted and match drilled to the forward panel last week. Making steady progress!

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #liaisonaircraft #warbird #aviation #restoration #avgeek #aviationhistory #volunteersrock

Came home from work yesterday and found this gem in our mailbox. Our L-5 Sentinel was featured in the most recent CAF Di...
07/10/2021

Came home from work yesterday and found this gem in our mailbox. Our L-5 Sentinel was featured in the most recent CAF Dispatch 😊 Did you get your copy yet??

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #L5Sentinel #liaisonaircraft #warbird #restoration #aviationrestoration #volunteersrock

It's #ThrowbackThursday!! Did you know that the #commemorativeairforce only has 2 active L-3's in it's fleet? Here is ou...
07/08/2021

It's #ThrowbackThursday!! Did you know that the #commemorativeairforce only has 2 active L-3's in it's fleet? Here is our L-3E Grasshopper at the #ramonaairfair in 2019!

It's #ThrowbackThursday!! Did you know that the #commemorativeairforce only has 2 active L-3's in it's fleet? Here is our L-3E Grasshopper at the #ramonaairfair in 2019!

Here's wishing all our American fans a Happy Independence Day πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ#fourthofjuly #Happy4thOfJuly #IndependenceDay #commemor...
07/04/2021

Here's wishing all our American fans a Happy Independence Day πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

#fourthofjuly #Happy4thOfJuly #IndependenceDay #commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego

Here's wishing all our American fans a Happy Independence Day πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

#fourthofjuly #Happy4thOfJuly #IndependenceDay #commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego

Back from vacation with a #FridayFunny 😊 Hope our friends and fans have a happy and safe #holidayweekend!!
07/02/2021

Back from vacation with a #FridayFunny 😊 Hope our friends and fans have a happy and safe #holidayweekend!!

Back from vacation with a #FridayFunny 😊 Hope our friends and fans have a happy and safe #holidayweekend!!

Wishing all of the Dads, Fur-Dads, Bonus Dads, and Father Figures a Happy Father's Day! Hope y'all have a great one!#fat...
06/20/2021

Wishing all of the Dads, Fur-Dads, Bonus Dads, and Father Figures a Happy Father's Day! Hope y'all have a great one!

#fathersday2021 #happyfathersday2021

Wishing all of the Dads, Fur-Dads, Bonus Dads, and Father Figures a Happy Father's Day! Hope y'all have a great one!

#fathersday2021 #happyfathersday2021

Excellent turnout for our monthly meeting this morning! Good food and a great group of people working hard for our CAF U...
06/20/2021

Excellent turnout for our monthly meeting this morning! Good food and a great group of people working hard for our CAF Unit. Huge thanks to Golden State Flying Club for allowing us to host our meeting on their patio!!

Excellent turnout for our monthly meeting this morning! Good food and a great group of people working hard for our CAF Unit. Huge thanks to Golden State Flying Club for allowing us to host our meeting on their patio!!

Our amazing volunteer, Mike, spent some time on the L-5 getting the fairings fit up and match drilled to the fuselage 😎#...
06/09/2021

Our amazing volunteer, Mike, spent some time on the L-5 getting the fairings fit up and match drilled to the fuselage 😎

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #wwiiaircraft #aviationhistory #aviation #restoration #workinprogress #warbirds #volunteersrock

Our amazing volunteer, Mike, spent some time on the L-5 getting the fairings fit up and match drilled to the fuselage 😎

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #wwiiaircraft #aviationhistory #aviation #restoration #workinprogress #warbirds #volunteersrock

Always Honored πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Never Forgotten ❀
05/31/2021

Always Honored πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Never Forgotten ❀

Always Honored πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Never Forgotten ❀

Been a rough week, but we made it!! Happy Friday AG1 Friends 😎#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #ramonaairpo...
05/21/2021

Been a rough week, but we made it!! Happy Friday AG1 Friends 😎

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #ramonaairport #fridayfeeling #FridayFunny #warbird #TGIF #volunteersrock

Been a rough week, but we made it!! Happy Friday AG1 Friends 😎

#commemorativeairforce #airgroupone #sandiego #ramonaairport #fridayfeeling #FridayFunny #warbird #TGIF #volunteersrock

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

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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.

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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.