The Boeing B-17F "Flying Fortress" AFA-317th Chapter Aircraft

"It has served, unlike any other bomber, through all of the Second World War. It had become a legend in its time. A tribute to the men who had conceived, designed, and built it-and a monument to the remarkable young men, most of them boys who flew it. These men, and this plane, accomplished one of the most frightening missions ever demanded of men and aircraft. Together they helped end history's last "Glorious War".


AFA-317 Blogspot created and maintained by Benny F. Benitez, FAA -Airframe / Powerplant and FCC-Ham Radio Lic.) VFW Life Member, Former Chapter President (2009-2010). Current Chapter Vice President of Special Projects

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Air Force Association Miami Chapter 317th Supports The "Wings Over Homestead 2009 Airshow"

Enjoying a warm meal and drinks are a few of Homestead USAF members who were very pleased and warmly expressed their appreciation for the support in which both the Miami and Homestead Air Force Association Chapters gave to the men and women in uniform on both days of the Air Show
The Air Force Association Miami Chapter, 317th had both the pleasure and honor to host Brigadier General William Binger and his family who graced the tent with their presence. Shown talking to Brigadier General Binger is long time Chapter member and past President Stan Bodner, as Catherine Smallwood the Chapter Secretary listens to the General comments of thanks and "outstanding" efforts toward the 317th support toward the 2009 Air Show
Even the few, the proud, the Marines! were welcomed guess of the Air Force Association, Miami 317th Chapter, as their "Dress Blues" filled the tent with a sense of pride toward all of our brave men and women in our Armed Forces
Also taking advantage of the Air Force Association AFA -317 hospitality with the AFA V.I.P tent was the Munoz family who are AFA-317th supporters. Shown left to right are Maite, Blanca and Jesus Munoz. Maite Munoz is presently preparing to take the Military ASVAB Test so as to enter the Air Force Reserve
Overseeing the operation the AFA-317th V.I.P Tent and welcoming each and every uniformed service member with a firm handshake and warm smile is Air Force Association Miami Chapter 317th President Benny F. Benitez who is shown here with a very appreciative and well fed C-130H Warner Robin Air Force Base Reserve Flight Crew who were just one of many Flight Crews who visited the tent
In a joint operational mind set members of both the Homestead and Miami AFA Chapters combined forces to man and operate the Air Force Association V.I.P tent at the 2009 "Wings Over Homestead Air Show". Shown above is Homestead AFA Chapter 385th member "Sara" feeding a hungry C-130H Crew Chief from Warner Robins Air Force Base who took full advantage of the Air Force Association warm South Florida hospitality, food and drinks renderd to all in uniformShown with the "Barksdale B-52 Crew" is Air Force Association, Miami Chapter, 317th Corporate Sponsor Roger Jarman of Atlantic Models who are the primer scale display model maker for the United States Air Force. The "BD" crew holds two Atlantic Model creation a resin solid body B-52 model and forward, desk top display nose section
Homestead Air Reserve Base 7th & 8th November 2009: After an almost 16 year hiatus, the sound U.S. Military Jets roaring overhead and the presence of a large public crowd walking a flight line in awe of U.S. Air Power once again occurred in South Florida. Wings Over Homestead occurred at Homestead Air Reserve Base on November 7th and 8th and was a complete success, as the South Florida public enjoying two action packed days.
The public was treated to a brilliant line up of classic, vintage and modern day aircraft's in both aerial and static display. The world famous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds 2009 team capped off both days with an awesome display of airmanship second to none.
From an rare Grumman OV-1 "Mohawk" to the newest Boeing C-17A, the vast array of aircraft thrilled the audience. One surprise occurred during the second day of the airshow concerning the fly by of a B-2 Stealth Bomber. Another notable and amazing display was the "Fighter to Freighter" aerial display of the Boeing C-17A, Globmaster III, the world most nimble and agile cargo aircraft. The Air Force Association Miami Chapter, the 317th was proud to have been a contributing factor to the success of the show, as many of its Chapter members along with members from the Homestead 385th Chapter braved the high winds to man the tent and spread the word of the Air Force Association to the public. (Click-on any picture within this article to enlarge)

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