World War II Flight Training Air Base
DOUGLAS TO HOST WARBIRD EXPO MAY 31-JUNE 2, 2022
The Douglas Municipal Gene Chambers Airport is excited to host the Warbird Expo featuring the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Douglas is the last stop on the CAF’s journey along the Georgia WWII Heritage Trail. The WWII Flight Training Museum located on the grounds of the historic Raymond-Richardson Flight Training Air Base at the Douglas Municipal Airport, is part of the Georgia WWII Heritage Trail.
The restored aircraft will be led by the B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders, which is one of only three remaining that are actively flying in the U.S. today. Accompanying the big bomber will be a SNJ/T6 Texan advanced trainer in which thousands of airmen learned to fly for combat and a twin-engine C-45 Expeditor transport in which the whole family can fly together. All three warbirds are notable for their historic importance and level of restoration, and will offer cockpit tours and flights to the public beginning Tuesday afternoon May 31st.
The public is invited to enjoy on-board tours and warbird flights with the aircraft crews at Douglas Municipal – Gene Chambers Airport, 440 Elton D Brooks Blvd, Douglas, Georgia 31535.
Admission to the event is $10 per adult, $5 for children under 12, and $20 for a family of up to five and includes access to all the aircraft for cockpit tours. Warbird flights start as low as $100 for the Navy transport, and $380 on the advanced trainer. Seats on the B-17 start at $495. Ground tours will be conducted from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Tuesday, and from 10:00 to 4:00 on Wednesday and Thursday, excluding flying times.
An open house will be held at the Barracks #5 Building located on the grounds of the historic Raymond-Richardson Air Base. Stop by the open house and receive more information about the 63rd Air Base Preservation and Development Committee’s efforts to restore the historic buildings and the Georgia WWII Heritage Trail.
Those who wish to fly can may call 855-FLY-A-B17 (1-855-359-2217) or reserve online at B17TexasRaiders.org or see more on Facebook.com/B17TexasRaiders.
DOUGLAS AIRBASE IS LISTED ON GEORGIA'S WWII HERITAGE TRAIL
Discover Georgia’s legacy of inspiring wartime stories at the sites that make up the new World War II Heritage Trail, launching on February 16, 2021. Southern states were critical to the war effort during World War II (1941-1945), and none more so than Georgia. Over 300,000 Georgians served in the military, and thousands of civilians worked in rapidly expanding defense industries. Ten sites across the state have partnered to bring a new experience to visitors, families, and groups.
The World War II Flight Training Museum and the 63rd Preservation Society in Douglas eagerly joined in this endeavor. Of the 55 civilian Primary flying training centers across the country during World War II, the airbase in Douglas is the most intact. Many of the buildings, the field, and hangars are still pretty much as they were in 1941. Thousands of cadets, flight instructors, and support staff were stationed in Douglas during the war. It is important to tell their stories of service and sacrifice.
Visit our website, Georgia WWII Trail