Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wings of Dreams: February Fly-In Breakfast

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Fly-In/Cruise-In Breakfast
Saturday, February 1, 2014
8:00 am - 10:00 am
(Rain or Shine)
Keystone Heights Airport, Florida (42J)
Former Keystone Army Airfield - WWII Air Base

Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945 - by AP Photographer Joe Rosenthal (Photo from National Archives)
"Seeing the Stars and Stripes waving aloft on that mountain is a sight I shall never forget as long as I live ... the fight was not over ... The 36 days of combat came to a close but the price of victory was high - more than 6,000 Marines and Navy personnel were killed with more than 22,000 wounded on this one, small volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean."
 Bob Gasche 

Presentation by Bob Gasche
World War II veteran, Iwo Jima survivor and founding member of the Iwo Trio in Gainesville, FL

"It was predawn on D-Day, February 19, 1945, when the dark was giving away to the first light and the sight of our target island, dominated by its 504-foot volcano named Surbachi. The eight-square-mile island had been "softened up" by 72 hours of bombardment from ships and planes.

Some observers doubted that anything could have remained alive after the deluge of explosions. How wrong they were - this deadly piece of Hell called Iwo Jima turned into 36 days of death and destruction."

Bob Gasche was a 21-year-old Marine when he took part in the landings on Iwo Jima and was about to see his first combat on this island. In commemoration of this iconic battle - the bloodiest in U.S. Marine Corps history - Bob will discuss the history of this battle and share his personal reflections of  this day.

(Information from the Crooked Fences website - in memory of patriot Richard C. Rubanick, Msgt, U.S. Army Retired)


10:00 a.m. (after fly-in)
- Tours of museum and historic space artifacts
- Porsche sports cars displayed on the ramp,
   courtesy of members of the Florida Crown
   Region Porsche Club of Jacksonville
Next Star Party - February, date - TBA
Stargazing from 7 - 9 pm - Free admission,
donations always appreciated

Upcoming Fly-In Schedule

- March 1 - TBA
- April 5 - The Doolittle Raid Commemoration -
  presentation by Keystone Height Jr/Sr High School
  history students; Flying the B-25 - by Bob Oehl, B-25
  instructor pilot
- May 3 - Women Airforce Service Pilots of WW II -
  Presentation by WASP Barry Smith, 44-6
- June 7 - D-Day/Normandy Campaign

February Fly-In Sponsored by:
Johnny's Bar-B-Q & Catering
CB Isaac Realty
- Ronald Blake, Broker
-  Sue Plaster, Realtor
-  Judie Palmer,Realtor
Express Air Flight School
- Photos by Trace Choulat
- Website Support by  
   Unicorn Web
Our thanks to Becky Carter, CB Isaac Realty, for helping make this fly-in possible.
Facility provided by Keystone Heights Airport

Eggs, grits, bacon, sausage, biscuits, fruit, juice, coffee

$7 per person
$4 per child (9 & under)

Free breakfast for WWII and Korean War veterans

First come, first served
All proceeds to benefit Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum


Call:   352-256-8037

Download Fly-In Flyer
Download Wings of Dreams Overview  

  Elevation: 196 ft.
  Pattern Altitude 1196
  CTAF/UNICOM - 122.7

  WX AWOS-3 - 124.275
  JAX APPROACH - 121.3

  Airport Office:  352-473-0031

Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum | 7100 Airport Road | Starke | FL | 32091

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