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".


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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Air Force Association Miami-Homestead AFA Chapter 317th Visits a Weekend Meeting Of a Local Civil Air Patrol Squadron The Tamiami 355th Composite Squadron

With their colors hoisted and presented the Tamiami 355th Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron is activated for their weekend drills and training of their young Cadets

The Cadets of the 355th practice their close order marching drills which instills discipline and attention to detail among them and their actions and duties within their Squadron

The Cadets range from the ages of twelve (12) years old to eighteen (18) years of age. After the age of eighteen (18) a Cadet then is considered a "Senior Member" and Adult of the organization

The end of their weekly / weekend drills sessions / meeting are ended with a call to order so that important information and announcements are passed as well as any well deserved recognition is rendered to those in the presence of their Squadron members

Miami, Florida January 22nd 2015: The Air Force Association Miami-Homestead AFA Chapter 317th is commencing the new year (2015) with an effort to reach out and establish strong ties with the local Civil Air Patrol Squadrons of South Florida. Appointed as Vice President of Special Project for the Chapter, former Chapter President Benny F. Benitez has taken the lead in establishing initial ties with the Civil Air Patrol by reaching out and visiting the Tamiami Composite Squadron, the 355th which meets and is based out of Tamiami Regional Airport (KTMB).
Benny visit was merely to extend a formal greeting from the Chapter President Lt. Col Rodrigo 'Rod" Heute USAF (Ret.) to the leadership of the 355th and report back to the Chapter on his findings and contacts so as to establish an effort to create a link and support by and between the two organizations. During the visitation to the 355th drill day of which they, both the Cadets and Adults meet on Saturdays, allowed Benny to view the Cadets in action and meet the various individuals who make up the leadership at the 355th. The AFA-317th looks forward toward a productive year as they commence the bond to help support the Civil Air Patrol.

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