Hangar dance recreates 1940, benefits CAF Dixie Wing flying museum, American aviation history


The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing is hosting “Keep ‘em Flying,” a World War II-theme hangar dance and dinner complete with big-band performances and 1940s Hollywood “stars” surrounded by rare World War II aircraft and memorabilia.

The nostalgic festivities will be at the Historical Airpower Facility, Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field (KFFC), in Peachtree City on Saturday, April 18, from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

“Keep ‘em Flying” guests will hear the Peachtree Jazz Edition perform big band tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman. Described as “one of the best bands in Atlanta,” the Peachtree Jazz Edition has a loyal swing-dance following and is returning to “Keep ‘em Flying” for the 12th straight year.  The Freedom Belles, a female trio that performs ‘40s classics by the Andrews Sisters and other stars, will also entertain guests. 

“Keep ‘em Flying” is one of several highlights scheduled during WWII Heritage Days, April 18 and 19.  The event provides a living history experience unique to the state of Georgia by bringing together historic aircraft, vintage military vehicles, antique cars, educational displays and demonstrations.

A special highlight this year is the appearance of CAF’s B-24 Liberator, one of only two bombers of its kind still flying. The B-24, based in Texas, will be on display and rides will be available. This is the type of aircraft featured in the recent hit movie, “Unbroken.”

The theme for 2015 is celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Allied victory and end of the Second World War.  World War II veterans and Rosie the Riveters are invited to attend the dance as guests of the CAF Dixie Wing.

Proceeds from the dance help cover costs associated with WWII Heritage Days, as well as the ongoing preservation of the group’s historic aircraft and “Education Through Living History”, a World War II history program made available to schools at no cost by CAF Dixie Wing volunteers.

Tickets for “Keep ‘em Flying” are $55 before April 13 and $65 at the door.  Reserved tables and group discounts are available. 1940s attire is encouraged. The dance will take place rain or shine.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 678-654-2464. For more information, visit www.wwiidays.org.