By: Jim Gentry | Category: Special Interest | Issue: November 2010
See vintage airplanes and military vehicles up-close at Wings Over Tulsa, presented by the Spirit of Tulsa Squadron.
The sights and sounds of a bygone era will fill the air when Wings Over Tulsa, a celebration of aviation, lands at Tulsa Tech, Riverside Campus in Jenks on Saturday, November 6.
The Spirit of Tulsa Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) hosts Wings Over Tulsa, an event that offers the increasingly rare opportunity to see, hear and feel the power of the mighty aircraft so important to the allied victory in World War II. Attendees get an up-close look at these amazing machines, vintage airplanes, military vehicles and classic cars, which will be on display and performing fly-bys from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Re-enactors in historically correct period dress and military memorabilia displays from the WWII era will take visitors back to the days of flyboys and ration cards when Americans came together in the war effort.
The event also offers refreshments from the canteen, and aviation-themed gifts and souvenirs.
Tickets for the show may be purchased on the day of the event at the gate for $5. Senior and military personnel (with I.D.) can purchase tickets for $3. Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.
Tulsa Tech, Riverside Campus is located adjacent to the R.L. Jones/Riverside airport at 801 E. 91st St., Tulsa, just west of downtown Jenks.
The Spirit of Tulsa Squadron of the CAF will also present the 9th annual Celebrate Freedom Big Band Hangar Dance on Saturday, November 6.
This dance will be held in a hangar at the state-of-the-art Tulsa Tech, Riverside Campus facility. Ticket sales benefit the Spirit of Tulsa Squadron’s restoration of World War II aircraft and funding of the youth Cadet program.
Step back in time when Celebrate Freedom swings into the night with a 1940s Hangar Dance. This year’s theme is “Salute a Vet.” Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has declared 2010 as the year to honor and welcome home our Vietnam veterans.
The evening begins with free swing dance lessons from 5 to 6 p.m. Patrons who pre-order their buffet meals may enjoy them during this hour as well. From 6 to 7 p.m., Celebrate Freedom presents an exciting musical preshow featuring great local singers, JrROTC groups, and a moving patriotic salute.
Throughout the evening, patrons can bid on the silent auction items, shop at the PX, grab a bite to eat at Rosie’s Canteen, admire the vintage aircraft and vehicles decorating the hangar, and have professional photographs taken.
The 18-piece “Sounds of Music” orchestra and vocalists take the stage from 7 to 10 p.m. and fill the hangar with 1940s and newer music. The floor gets hopping as dancers, many in period dress, add to the ambiance. Be sure to join us during the conga line and snowball dance!
Every dance ticket gets reserved seating at a table and free dance lessons. Come dressed for the 40s or in casual or military dress. Tulsa Tech, Riverside Campus is handicap accessible and a family-friendly and alcohol- and tobacco-free facility.
Tickets for the dance and buffet may be purchased online at www.caftulsa.org, or by calling (918) 794-4182. PayPal, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
The Commemorative Air Force is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.