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Starting to look more like a building now. Few more days and all the structural steel should be up. ...

Wings of Freedom Tour Crew Chief Steve Weigandt (featured with wife Elaine in picture) has decided to take a break from the tour. His dedication and hard work was seen at every stop! Steve leaves some big shoes to fill and will be dearly missed.

We are seeking a Crew Chief for the 2018 Tour. This important position requires a particular type of person who is dependable, organized, hard working, unattached to daily domestic duties and can drive the Tour van and trailer across the country for months on end. This is an incredible opportunity and adventure for a special person! Interested applicants send
resume to: hchaney@collingsfoundation.org
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Cranes are here today to start the heavy lifting. ...

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B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber Crew Training Program

May 30 @ 5:00 pm - June 1 @ 7:00 pm

$4000

B-17 Flying Fortress / B-24 Liberator Bomber Crew Training Program
Stockton, California – May 30th to June 1st

Do you remember watching Twelve O’clock High or Memphis Belle? Have your ever imagined what it would be like to train for – and fly – your own mission in the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine 0 Nine?” The Collings Foundation will be offering a very unique two-day program in which you do just that! No doubt, this is one of the most amazing living history programs you will ever experience! Space is limited. We are now accepting reservations. Email

Base Location:
Stockton Municipal Airport / Stockton Field Aviation Museum Hangar, Stockton California.

Target:
Top Secret Classified Information. Crew will be issued mission and target objectives on completion of crew training.

Cost:
$4,000 per person. Includes accommodations and food for two nights, materials, ammunition, and support supplies. Trainees must arrange travel to hotel. Transportation to and from training facilities will be arranged. Age restrictions: 16 yrs. and older. 16 yrs. to 18yrs. has to be accompanied by legal adult guardian .

50LoadDay One: Pre-Mission Training
* Basic outline of course and goals.
* WWII Heavy Bomber history, theaters of operation and primary missions.
* Identification of crew positions and duties.
* Crew member orientation to essential equipment.
* Bombardier and turret training.
* Gunnery orientation.
* Target practice.

ordinanceDay Two: Briefing and Mission Orders are Issued
* Refresher course / Q & A.
* Commanding Officer will brief the crew on the day’s mission.
* Suit up and drive to the aircraft in bomb crew truck.
* Pre flight and further briefing on flight, mission and crew position.
* Load aircraft ordinance and prepare equipment.
* Fly the mission. – Hit the target and get back to base alive!
* Mission de-briefing.

Some details:
The crew will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express, Manteca. Crew must be checked in the night of May 30th. The program starts early AM on May 31st. Each crew member will receive training materials, flight suit, eye and ear protection etc. Live rounds will be used at gunnery range and blanks will be used during the mission. Each crew member will be issued: 50 rounds / 50 cal. blank, 10 rounds / 50 cal. live, 15 shot gun rounds, shotgun and targets. Additional ammo will be available for purchase at location. Mission flight time will be approximately 1 hour. 250 lb. dummy bombs will be dropped on a target from the B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine 0 Nine.” Crew members perform a task in each position on an approximate 5-10 minute rotation.

50% deposit is required on sign up. Deposit is non-refundable unless we have to cancel camp. (Reason for this: We have to purchase supplies and materials in advance). Space is limited. To make reservations for the B-17 / B-24 Bomber Crew Training Camp email Major William Gaston at arizonagroundcrew@cox.net

Details

Start:
May 30 @ 5:00 pm
End:
June 1 @ 7:00 pm
Cost:
$4000
Event Category:

Venue

B-17 / B-24 Bomber Training Program
Stockton, CA United States + Google Map
Phone:
800-568-8924
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