CAF Airbase Georgia Soars Back to Sun ‘n Fun: A Historic Reunion in the Skies

PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (April 24, 2024) – After a hiatus of more than 10 years, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Airbase Georgia made a triumphant return to the 50th Annual SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Fla. April 9-14. The all-volunteer Airbase Georgia organization, known for restoring and operating a fleet of vintage aircraft, brought three iconic aircraft, offering aviation enthusiasts an opportunity to enjoy living-history flight experiences in vintage military aircraft.

Airbase Georgia’s three aircraft, the rare Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber, the North American LT-6 Mosquito, and the Beechcraft T-34 Mentor were popular attractions for the entire week, transporting visitors to a bygone era of aviation excellence.

The 2024 edition of SUN ‘n FUN marked the airshow’s 50th anniversary, drawing more than 200,000 aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Organizers were delighted to welcome Airbase Georgia back and embraced the opportunity to showcase these historic aircraft for a new generation of enthusiasts.

 Joel Perkins, leader of CAF Airbase Georgia, expressed his appreciation for the professionalism and hospitality provided by the organizers. ” SUN ‘n FUN truly rolled out the red carpet for us,” Perkins said. “The organizers went above and beyond to ensure that our participation in the event was seamless and memorable. They are truly dedicated to celebrating and preserving America’s aviation history.”

For the volunteers of Airbase Georgia who provided warbird rides to attendees, the return to SUN ‘n FUN was a labor of love, driven by their passion for history and their commitment to honoring those who served. Airbase Georgia hopes to return in 2025.

In a world where technology often overshadows tradition, the sight and sound of these vintage aircraft serve as a powerful reminder of the enduring spirit of aviation. The return of Airbase Georgia to SUN ‘n FUN was more than just a reunion—it celebrated the past, present, and future of flight. These historic aircraft will continue to inspire and captivate audiences for generations to come.